Plaque marks acclaimed Casino

Guests including Russ Winstanley and Paul Mason at the uneviling of a plaque at the former site of Wigan Casino
Guests including Russ Winstanley and Paul Mason at the uneviling of a plaque at the former site of Wigan Casino
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GONE but not forgotten, the landmark Wigan Casino has now been afforded its own plaque.

More than three decades since this world-famous dance Mecca was raised, it has been officially recognised at the shopping centre which would much later be built on its site.

The Grand Arcade already commemorates its predecessor with a cafe that is themed around the nightclub, but now there is a permanent reminder of a venue whose standing gave Wigan cultural credibility in all manner of places around the planet.

A special plaque marking the place where the doors to the club once stood was unveiled by former DJs with a number of Soulies also in attendance.

It was funded by a number of Northern Soul enthusiasts, headed by fan Drew Garlick.

One of those present at the unveiling was was the DJ who helped introduce the sounds of Northern Soul to the Casino’s walls.

Russ Winstanley was responsible for the all-nighters and helped bring thousands to the town during the 1970s.

He said: “It’s great to see this unveiled and at such an iconic place. We have the Casino cafe upstairs but this is really poignant with its location and I’m delighted to be here today and help with the unveiling.

“The Casino was such a special place and was part of a really important movement in Northern Soul. It’s also great to see so many young people here today enjoying it and who are part of bringing it back to life.”

Grand Arcade centre manager John Sanson added: “I’m really pleased, it looks great.

“I always want to remember the Casino and what this site used to be a part of. I never came here unfortunately but I was part of the Northern Soul scene there.

“What has happened is great and how it’s happened with Drew Garlick. He’s done the right thing, put his money where his mouth was and got on social media to raise the money.

“Everyone who was donated has been invited to the unveiling and it’s great to see so many here with the music on and a lot of people dancing as well.”