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Travel: Experiencing the Normandy beauty through fresh pair of family eyes...

We’re away for a week in Normandy again, somewhere we’ve been as a couple many times before.
Grunge lost a legend in this year

1994: A look back at the big stories

This week in 1994, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died in a New-York City hospital four days after suffering a stroke. He was 81.
Gadgets: Five of the best gizmos for tackling allergies

Gadgets: Five of the best gizmos for tackling allergies

If pollen, dust or mites get the better of you, here are 5 gadgets that might ease your allergic reaction...
Gardening: Five of the best hanging baskets

Gardening: Five of the best hanging baskets

We look at 5 impressive hanging baskets for spring and summer....
Wigan-born amateur historian Terry Atherton, who now lives in Vancouver in Canada

A story all Wiganers should know

A Wigan-born history enthusiast will return to his hometown to commemorate 100 years since a hero soldier was awarded the country’s highest military honour.

Members of Leigh Film get ready for the screening with Fr Kevin Crinks and his dog Brian

Life of Brian screening in church a huge success

It was a case of “blessed are the cheesemakers” after the screening of a controversial comedy in a parish church proved a massive success.

Wigan North Western

Extra trains put on during strike action to help Grand National-goers get home

Revelers returning to Wigan after the Grand National will benefit from extra train services.

Fancy getting married in King Street?

Fancy getting married in King Street?

Do you dream of marrying on the very spot where you met your partner?


Alan's folk opera on George Orwell

The story of author George Orwell’s visit to Wigan will be told in a whole new way when a new “folk opera” on the subject is performed.

The indoor Waterworld was a particular highlight.

Travel: Creating amazing family memories on coastal break at Cayton Bay

Posters dotted around Cayton Bay Holiday Park encourage guests to ‘cherry pick the right break for you’.
The Xbox One video game controllers sold by Argos in the UK

Xbox chargers recalled over fears they could overheat

A range of chargers for XBOX ONE Video Game Controllers have been recalled by the manufacturer due to their potential to overheat.

Matt Peet

Ink-redible way to support mental health charity

A Wiganer who founded a clothing brand to help combat mental illness arranged for supporters to get tattooed to support a local crisis charity.
Loyal North Lancashire Regimental Memorial pictured on the spot where the soldiers fought at Diyalah. Today it stands in the British Military Cemetery at Baghdad

Forgotten story of extraordinary First World War heroism

Thanks to the classic film Zulu, most people know of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, when British soldiers in South Africa defended their post against raging warriors for a day and a night.
Left to right: Barry Freeman, Phill Palmer, Syd Cottle and Syds daughter

‘Amateurish’ pals take on a gruelling challenge

Six self-proclaimed middle-aged, unfit and overweight adventurers have teamed up for the challenge of a lifetime.

Jill and Rauridh Earley

Slimming mum and daughter’s weight loss win

Jill Earley looks confident and relaxed in this photograph with her daughter Rauridh.

Geoffrey Shryhane

And here it is, the real truth behind Heinz’s 57 slogan

Our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane takes his weekly stroll down memory lane...


What a Grand day for young Gracie

Talented youngster Gracie Davies was delighted to meet Freddy the cat when he was revealed for the first time at the weekend.

The tasting room at Wily Fox Brewery for which the firm has applied for a licence

Licence bid for real ale brewery taproom

A Wigan real ale brewery hopes drinkers can raise a glass to its future achievements after applying for a licence for its brewery tap.

Slydigs on stage supporting The Who. Picture by Radka Dolinska

Rockers Slydigs hope new EP will be a beast

One of the region’s most successful rock bands featuring a guitarist from the borough are asking fans a simple question with their new EP: How Animal Are You?

Ian Williams

New chapter for pub going back to novelist tribute

England’s most famous novelist will once again be commemorated in Wigan as the new owners of a popular pub announce they will revert to its original name.

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