Diggers Festival success

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WIGAN town centre was transformed into a crucible of radical ideas at the Diggers Festival.

The event commemorates Gerrard Winstanley, a Wigan-born 17th century political theorist and writer who railed against the injustices of his time and criticised wealthy landowners, describing the world as “a common treasury for all”.

Alan Brown and Shahla Holgeth on the Bolton Diggers plant stall

Alan Brown and Shahla Holgeth on the Bolton Diggers plant stall

Although guest of honour Tony Benn was unable to attend due to health reasons, festival-goers still enjoyed a packed line-up of talks, poetry and music.

The evening entertainment on the main stage in The Wiend saw a number of socially-conscious local acts performing, including several acoustic singer-songwriters, krautrock-influenced progressive group John The Baptist And The Second Coming and folk-rock seven-piece Merry Hell, who brought the curtain down on the festival with their headlining set.