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Theatre review: Dreamboats and petticoats at Manchester Palace Theatre

It’s cold, it’s dark and I needed cheering up on a Monday evening - so what better than a song and dance?

Theatre and Comedy
Wigan Beer Festival

Beer festival is ale and hearty

Wigan Beer Festival is taking real ale fans on a nostalgic trip along memory lane as it counts down to celebrating 30 years.

Ian Darrington, founder of Wigan Jazz Club

All that jazz to carry on, says festival boss

The director of one of Wigan’s biggest cultural events has promised it has an exciting future, despite an urgent sponsorship appeal.

Great Reckoning

Rockers set for Great Reckoning with new EP

Rock fans are set for a Great Reckoning with the latest up-and-coming group on the borough’s music scene to release its debut EP.


Space back in the ‘Neighbourhood’

An alternative pop-rock group which has sold more than two million albums will reach a new frontier when it returns to Wigan tonight.

Ibinabo Jack

Dream role for Wigan actress

A Wigan actress and singer has landed a prized West End role.

Wooden handmade swing.

Gardening: 5 of the best garden gifts

Check out these fantastic gift ideas for those green-fingered folk...

Hampton Manor Hotel.

Travel review: Hampton Manor provides a treat to the taste buds

Attention all foodies! If it’s fine dining under a Michelin Star that tempts your taste buds, then pack your bags and head to Hampton Manor.

The exhibition inspired by George Orwells work

Digger Festival organisers and artists celebrate George Orwell

The organisers of Wigan Diggers Festival are backing the upcoming George Orwell celebration, saying the radical thinker their event remembers inspired the author.

Geoffrey Shryhane

When cigarettes saved your life...

Geoffrey Shryhane’s memories and musings...

Brendan Cole All Night Long

Brendan Cole All Night Long

I may not have been alone on this Valentine’s date with a difference but my evening with Brendan Cole was certainly one to remember.

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Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra with multi-instrumentalist James Morrison at a previous Wigan Jazz Festival

Wigan Jazz Festival under threat

Wigan’s jewel-in-the-crown international jazz festival could be axed if businesses don’t come to its rescue.

Journalist and author Alan Roby at the grave of Mary Weeton at Thomas the Martyr Church, Upholland, Wigan

Long lost diary of life in Georgian Lancashire

A chance purchase in a second hand shop sent journalist Alan Roby on a decades long odyssey piecing together the fascinating tale of life in Lancashire during the early1800s.

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Geoffrey Shryhane

Yes, time heals – but exactly how long does it take?

Geoffrey Shryhane takes a close look at the topics of grief and loneliness...

John Churton

Travelling singer’s Nashville dreams

A young Wigan musician enjoying a life on the road is desperately fundraising to achieve his dream of making it to Nashville to record.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has pulled out of The Jump. Pic: Steve Brown/Channel 4/PA Wire

Sir Bradley Wiggins breaks his leg in TV show The Jump

Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed he suffered a small leg fracture while participating in celebrity skiing competition The Jump.

The winning photo of Vicki Loftus and her family  shot at the Raptor Experience at Universal Studios, Florida

Wigan mum wins photo fail competition

A Wigan mum has won the UK’s biggest photo fail competition.

Butlers with Bums

Wigan men wanted to bare (nearly) all!

A desperate appeal has gone out in Wigan for the recruitment of good-looking, confident and muscly men to bare much and entertain women at hen dos.

Laura White

Notting Hill door is singer Laura’s inspiration

One of the borough’s best-known singers is making waves with her new EP after writing songs for some of the biggest names in pop.

Alison Marsh who went with her husband to a Slimming World meeting for date night in June 2015 and has now lost several stone

Wigan man takes wife to Slimming World on date night

For most couples, date night could involve going out for a romantic meal or watching a film at the cinema.

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