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Wigan was the home of Northern Soul in the 70s ans 80s

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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 14:52
Wigan was the home of the best market hall in the land. It had the greatest atmosphere ever. Wigan Facts 3625261725
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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 19:27
Beechams

Beecham was the family business of Thomas Beecham (1820–1907), a chemist. He was the grandfather of the conductor also named Thomas Beecham (1879–1961). As a boy, he worked as a shepherd, selling herbal remedies as a sideline. He then started as a travelling salesman or peddler.

Their first product was Beecham's Pills, a laxative, in 1842.[2] Subsequent success enabled him to open a shop in Wigan in 1847

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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 20:00
Michael Marks of Marks and Spencer fame lived in Great George Street, Wigan in 1891

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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 20:47
My wife was born in Great George Street.

Frank Randle was born in 1901 and lived at 50 Wigan Road, Aspull.
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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 20:49
Colin Bean (Private Sponge in Dads Army) was born in Wigan, lived in Scholes. His dad played for the Latics.

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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 20:53
Elvis never visited Wigan.
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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 20:55
Rolf Harris, on a fleeting visit to Wigan, chucked his bag of sweets in the bin on seeing Dostaf

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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 21:01
@Mac wrote:Rolf Harris, on a fleeting visit to Wigan, chucked his bag of sweets in the bin on seeing Dostaf

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on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 21:01
Please miss. He started it!

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on Mon 29 Aug 2016 - 14:10
Rose by Martin Cruz Smith was set in Wigan

The year is 1872. The place is Wigan, England, a coal town where rich mine owners live lavishly alongside miners no better than slaves. Into this dark, complicated world comes Jonathan Blair, who has accepted a commission to find a missing man.

When he begins his search every road leads back to one woman, a haughty, vixenish pit girl named Rose. With her fiery hair and skirts pinned up over trousers, she cares nothing for a society that calls her unnatural, scandalous, erotic.

As Rose and Blair circle one another, first warily, then with the heat of mutual desire, Blair loses his balance. And the lull induced by Rose's sensual touch leaves him unprepared for the bizarre, soul-scorching truth. .


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on Mon 29 Aug 2016 - 14:27
There is a Ballad of Wigan Pier

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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 21:47
Heinz make a billion cans of beans a year.



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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 21:57
In 1788 Wigan had a spa. It was said to be located around Harrogate Street and people came from miles around to take the waters..
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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 22:01
Watched a goood prog about Heinz beans recenty. Wilm look for the prog tomorrow

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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 22:44
@Admin wrote:Rose by Martin Cruz Smith was set in Wigan

The year is 1872. The place is Wigan, England, a coal town where rich mine owners live lavishly alongside miners no better than slaves. ....

There's Wigan 'fact' and there's also Wigan 'bullshit'"! Wigan was never a 'coal town' and no 'mineowners' lived in Wigan in 1872. Rolling Eyes
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Rose is a work of Fiction it was set in Wigan That's a fact Very Happy
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@tonker wrote:

There's Wigan 'fact' and there's also Wigan 'bullshit'"!   Wigan was never a 'coal town' and no 'mineowners' lived in Wigan in 1872.    Rolling Eyes

prove it....
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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 22:57
Heinz COMPANY PRODUCTION FIGURES .....  CLAIM   .....  IN THEIR OWN PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS  ....  that their factory situated in Orrell, in the area governed by Wigan Council, in Greater Manchester, England, UK,  PRODUCES 1.5 million cans of beans a day.

It follows that, if 100% production took place for 365 days in any year, their TOTAL BEANS PRODUCTION would be ......  547.5 million cans of beans per year.

If 'Heinz', a Worldwide Company, produce over 1 billion cans of beans a year, it follows that any amount OVER 547.5 million MUST BE PRODUCED IN THEIR SEVERAL OTHER FACTORIES, WORLDWIDE?

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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 22:58
@Vixen wrote:
@tonker wrote:

There's Wigan 'fact' and there's also Wigan 'bullshit'"!   Wigan was never a 'coal town' and no 'mineowners' lived in Wigan in 1872.    Rolling Eyes

prove it....

I could.  I might do.  Watch this space!

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A 'coal town' produces coal over and above any other produce. Wigan town, produced very little coal. It processed much cotton and most of it's population was employed in it's many mills, one of which was amongst the largest in Britain.


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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 22:59
Wigan was twinned with the French town of Angers in the Loire Valley in 1988.
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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 23:02
@Admin wrote:Wigan was  twinned with the French town of Angers in the Loire Valley in 1988.

Wigan 'BOROUGH' was twinned with the French 'CITY' of Angers in the Loire Valley in 1988
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on Fri 6 Jan 2017 - 23:10
Thank you for pointing that out tonker what would we do without your superior knowledge on all things wigan Very Happy
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