Abigail’s sporting journey to Kansas

It is the home of wheat, sunflowers, soybeans, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and from September, Wigan teenager Abigail Conway.

Restaurant business owner Obi Oderinde

Obi has the taste for hard work as he builds D’Empire

A one-time asylum seeker who fled his war-torn African homeland aged just 10 has spoken of his love for his new home of Wigan as he opens an exciting new town centre business.

Natasha Cromptonwith her horse Ferdi

Bus firm donates to riding club after spooking horse

Steps are being taken to ensure horse riders’ safety after a teenager was left injured when a bus caused her horse to bolt.

Carrie Byrom, centre manager at Parbold Equestrian Centre, is planning a 24-hour horse riding marathon

Carrie takes the reins to support ex-servicemen

She may have broken both of her arms, but that won’t stop an international horse rider from saddling up for a good cause.

General view of the archeunder the tracks near Wigan North Western train station, Queen Street

Arches could become new bar and restaurant scene

A trio of disused Wigan railway arches could be transformed into a row of bars and restaurants if a planning bid is given the green light.

Youngsters from the Dean Trust clean up a stretch of Leeds-Liverpool Canal as part of Wigan Athletic's Community Trust scheme

Oar-some youngsters in canal tidy-up

Borough youngsters have been giving back to their local community by helping to clean up a stretch of canal.

The memorial fun day for Danny Nicholls at the Printers Arms, from left, Louise Brook, sister, Eric Nicholls, dad, Lorraine Nicholls, mum, Dave Spikey and Leanne Clarke, sister

Charity fund-raiser in memory of Danny

Nothing can ever prepare a parent for losing their son at an early age.

Reverend Barry Whitehead and daughter Eve McQueen

Tributes paid to the ‘racing reverend’ Barry

A vicar with a passion for motor racing and building his own cars recently died at the age of 86.

Bill Harrison and partner Nicky

Lifeline for homeless man from strangers

A homeless man in Wigan is back on his feet after a social media post appealing for help went viral.

Henry's Helping Hoof

Star-studded fair for horse rescue centre

Soap actors Kieran Richardson and Anthony Quinlan will be adding some star quality to a two-day charity fair in Wrightington to support a horse rescue centre.

Retiring Lancashire Chief Constable Steve Finnigan

‘Police cuts have gone too far, we are not safe’

As the UK’s longest-serving Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan’s opinion ought to count.

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Eric Lancaster, who is 85, volunteering to paint the toilets at Lilford Park in Leigh

Park loo spruce-up from 85-year-old volunteer

A generous pensioner painter amazed a community group by picking up his brushes and sprucing up a popular green space’s toilets.

Wigan community project, Greenslate Community Farm needs votes for the chance to win up to �10,000

Farm upgrade shortlisted

Wigan’s Greenslate Community Farm is in the running for a major makeover.

The block of flats was evacuated

Bedroom fire caused by lamp

A woman has been taken to hospital after a bedroom lamp sparked a blaze in her bedroom.

Hugh Jackman released the video on Instagram.

Hugh Jackman sends "all his love" to Wigan teen injured in bomb blast

The family of a Wigan teen injured in the Manchester arena attack has sent a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in her recovery.

Jeff Steling sets off from the DW Stadium on June 8 alongside Iain Dowie and former referee Chris Foy

Jeff Stelling on the march at DW during charity trek

Wiganers were out in force to support Jeff Stelling in his campaign against prostate cancer.

Oliver Johnson, centre, with family, from left, dad Phil, mum Donna, sister Ellie and big brother Callum

Brave Oliver inspires fund-raising cyclists

Pedal power and teamwork were needed when friends and relatives took on a fund-raising bike ride.

Newtown Labour Club

Sadness as club suddenly closes

The sudden closure of one of Wigan’s few remaining Labour clubs has been greeted with both sadness and shock.

Another e-cig fire raises fears

E-cigarette fire sparks more safety concerns

A Wigan woman is the latest resident to have a close call with an e-cigarette after the gadget caught fire when plugged in.

Tyler Yates and Megan Coard, who had her hair cut short to raise money for an appeal to send him to the USA for treatment for brain tumours

Caring Megan has the chop to help Tyler

A fund-raising appeal for a teenager with brain tumours has been given a boost by a caring schoolgirl.

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