Brook-naming victory for Lancashire Day celebration

Members of Shevington and District Community Association with their roses at Shevington War Memorial with the Lancashire flag flying above
Members of Shevington and District Community Association with their roses at Shevington War Memorial with the Lancashire flag flying above
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IT has babbled anonymously through Wigan for centuries.

Now the watercourse which marks the boundary of Shevington has an official name acknowledged by Britain’s cartographers’ Ordnance Survey for inclusion when they next survey the map the area.

Billy Brook, as it will now be delineated, takes its name from the neighbouring William pit which, when exhausted of easy-won reserves, became part of the Giant’s Hall Complex.

And the naming victory will be enthusiastically celebrated when the ward (including its handful of communities) celebrates annual Lancashire Day with two separate events later this week,

Tomorrow (Friday November 23) at St Anne’s Parish Hall, there will be a special Lancashire Day Dance, Song and Hot Pot social evening starting at 7.30pm.

The event is built around presentations to a dozen local people or organisations who will receive framed citations to mark their outstanding contribution to civic life in the Shevington, Crooke, Standish Lower Ground, Shevington Vale, Appley Bridge and Shevington Moor areas.

Entertainment will be provided by Shevington based musicians Gifted and Friends.

Shevington and District Community Association have been gathering nominations over the past 12 months which have now been whittled down to the proud winners.

And the puddings served after the hot pot and presentations are suitably celebratory as well - and home made!

On Tuesday(November 27) - traditional Lancashire Day - there will be a celebration in the Memorial Garden when red roses to signify the original county palatine of Lancashire (five separate blooms to represent the five communities in Shevington municipal ward) will be laid around the base of the War Memorial.

And it will be followed by the recital of the time-honoured Lancashire Proclamation.

Then representatives of Shevington Parish Council will plant an oak tree sapling in the Memorial Garden to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

Lancashire Day co-ordinator John O’Neill - the former deputy leader of the Metro and considerable local historian - has also mounted a “smallish” heritage display at Shevington Library to coincide with the celebration which will run until December 3.

He joined forces with former council officer Bill Humphries to win the campaign to give an official title to The Brook With No Name.

Billy Brook runs west of Giant’s Hall Farm and eventually drains into the canal.

The brook also marks the Parliamentary boundary.