Nostalgia

Nostalgia

When cigarettes saved your life...

Geoffrey Shryhane’s memories and musings...

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

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

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Steven Shepherd

50 years since tragic death of bullied Stephen made headlines

A schoolboy at the heart of a notorious Wigan tragedy was today remembered 50 years on from his death.

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A typical corner shop.  This one on Hindleys Bridgewater Street was demolished years ago

Nostalgic appeal provided by the old corner shops

Memories and musings with Geoffrey Shryhane... There’s an odd one here and an odd one there, but by and large, the traditional Wigan corner shop has quietly slipped into history.

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Annie Fairhurst presents Prime Minister Harold Wilson with a handbag for his wife Mary. She was hoping the gift would persuade him to rule against plans for housing near to her home

Annie bags her chance with PM

Former press photographer Bill Batchelor looks back through our archives to recall a lovely story about an old lady fighting to save her home, the intervention of Prime Minister Harold Wilson - and a rather nice handbag ...

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The days when playing hide and seek was free

Memories and musings with Geoffrey Shryhane...

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A slightly younger Geoffrey Shryhane at the royal tribute wall

Sad loss of our unique royal wall

Memories and musings with our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane...

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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?

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The magic of the five-star chippy

My World with Geoffrey Shryhane...

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What happens to the unwanted Christmas gifts?

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

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Giant Haystacks feels the wrath of Big Daddy in January 1984

Seconds away... for return of the golden days of televised wrestling

For generations of ‘World of Sport’ fans Saturday afternoon meant wrestling. Stars like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks were loved by millions. ITV has commissioned a wrestling special to air on New Year’s Eve. Wrestling commentator Greg Lambert looks back at a golden age for sports entertainment
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Santa Claus at a Christmas Party, in London Road Labour Club, in Preston, in 1946

Did Santa Claus visit Lancashire first?

The first recorded mention of Santa Claus in England is believed to have been in a Lancashire newspaper, Mike Hill reports

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First World War  soldiers in a trench on the Western Front in France wearing paper hats from Christmas crackers

Christmas Day on the frontline of the First World War

Roland Shawcross worked as a reporter for the Lancashire Daily Post before signing up to serve in the First World War aged 19. Here is a letter written on New Year’s Eve in 1915 describing how the Preston Pals spent Christmas Day on the front in France

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These bears are on sale for just �5 each

Collectable craze perfect for Christmas

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn takes a look at a popular brand of teddies...

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Market Place, Wigan, in the early 1950s

Ten pictures from the archives

Old pictures are like a time machine.

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British World War Two veteran Bernard Sharrock, 92, is awarded with the Legion d'Honneur, presented by the Mayor of Wigan coun Ron Conway, surrounded by family, friends, members of the armed forces and pupils from Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School

War veteran given French hero’s medal 72 years later

A veteran who cheated death serving in World War Two has been given a top military honour from the French government for his service.

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These brooches are just �5 each and there are lots to choose from

Brooches that won’t break the bank

A look at antiques with our expert Allan Blackburn...

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Wigan World Formby inpersonator Anthony Mason has a CD out in time for Christmas

Geoffrey Shryhane’s My World

Let’s face it, it’s not Christmas without being wooed by the everlasting songs of our own George Formby.

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The demolition of Central Park in September 1999

Ten pictures from the archives

Everybody likes looking at old pictures, right?

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