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Sad loss of our unique royal wall

Memories and musings with our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane...

Billy Brayshaw

Billy’s delight at his internet success

It has become a phenomenon in the past few years. It’s inspired songs, phone accessories and the word was even added to the dictionary in 2013.

Jimmy Cricket

Comic Jimmy’s long awaited comeback

Legendary Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket is taking to the stage in Wigan alongside one of the town’s musical talents.

Winter brassicas thrive in frost, but take months to mature.

Self-sufficiency is the dream, but be realistic

Total self-sufficiency in growing your own vegetables is the allotment holder’s dream – mine too. But I settle for the reality of having grown something fresh and tasty to pick every month in the year, augmented by market purchases to add variety.

What do new tax changes mean for you?

DVLA car tax changes: Find out how much you will pay from April

New tax rules will end up costing motorists hundreds of pounds when they come into force in April.

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Driving test: Picture posed by models

Figures show 40 learners are caught using driving test impersonators each year

More than 40 learners are caught using impersonators to take driving tests each year, new figures show.

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Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian’s pride at his family roots

Sir Ian McKellen’s next big appearance is as himself, tracing his roots in BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Edge Hill University lecturer and performance artist Dr Mark Edward

Cutting-edge research is personal for lecturer

A Wigan performance artist and academic is looking forward to another year at the cutting-edge of research in 2017.


Nintendo Switch games revealed as launch looms

Nintendo’s brand new console the Switch is out in just over a month’s time and a host of games have been confirmed for the intriguing machine.

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Macdonald Gisborough Hall Hotel

Travel review: Guisborough, England

Opinion is divided over Brexit – but one thing is for sure – it’s a great way of making sure we stay home and explore the incredible nation that is Great Britain.

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Beautiful view of Hamburg city centre  by the town hall and Alster river.

Travel review: Sampling the old and new in Beatles’ second city

"I was born in Liverpool but I grew up in Hamburg,” one John Winston Lennon once famously said – and while his city of birth has been quick to capitalise on its association with the Fab Four, Hamburg is finally making a bit of a fight back.
The Algarve was named as the best value location for UK visitors according to a survey

Wiganers urged to head to Europe for a cheaper holiday

Wigan holidaymakers should head to Europe for the cheapest destinations in 2017, a study has found.

Geoffrey Shryhane

The magic of the five-star chippy

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What happens to the unwanted Christmas gifts?

Our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane with his latest memories and musings...

Commodore 64

The future is retro: could your old tech be worth a fortune?

While shiny new PlayStation 4 Slims and Xbox One S games consoles are likely to be high up on the wish lists of many this Christmas, others would like nothing more than to slip back in time to the golden age of video games, between the late 70s and early 90s.
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The new SPAShell at Fishmore Hall Hotel

Relaxing spa break in the hills was just the ticket

Imagine sipping a chilled glass of wine while relaxing in a hot tub with stunning views of rolling hills to boot?
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Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins to take part in The Jump

Retired cyclist and adopted Wiganer Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to turn his attention to winter sports as he takes part in celebrity skiing competition The Jump.

Kenny Baker with R2-D2

The Big North West Quiz

Think you know what happened across the North West in 2016? Our team of reporters put you to the test with some tricky posers ...

New York

United States is top holiday destination for Britons in 2017

The United States is set to dominate the most popular holiday destinations for Britons next year, a study shows.

The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads

Plan to let learner drivers practise on motorways

Learner drivers will be allowed to practise on motorways for the first time if a government plan to improve road safety is given the go-ahead.

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