Town hall sprinklers probe

Council chiefs have commissioned a report exploring the feasibility of installing sprinklers into all of the borough’s high rise flats.

Mediator David Coghlin and project manager Tracy Sheppard from charity Resolutions

Good causes hit the jackpot

Borough good causes have been given a cash boost of more than £300,000 thanks to lottery funding.


Top performance venue will give Wigan the edge

The doors have finally opened to Wigan’s own purpose-built performance venue.

Pagefield Mill in Wigan

Safety work finally underway at mill as council gets tough

Contractors have finally moved on to the site of Wigan’s most infamous derelict mill this week as major safety work gets under way after months of wrangling.

Young cyclists Rowan Thomas, six, Rebecca Fairhurst, seven, Megan Boland, eight, Rachel Fairhurst, nine, and Evie Thomas, eight

Megan and her gang hit the road

Caring children are getting on their bikes to raise money for terminally-ill patients.
The beautiful gardens at the hospice

A glimpse of a tranquil oasis in Wigan

The beautiful grounds of one of the borough’s biggest charities were opened to the public during a national gardens’ event for the first time.

Adventure at Haigh Country Park

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Sheila Ramsdale, chairman of WHAMM, with one of the statuettes

Statuettes to go on sale for WHAMM appeal

An appeal to raise funds to buy a new mining statue is to be boosted by the sale of smaller sculptures of a pit brow lass

Hawkley Hall High School pupils present members of the Wigan Diggers Festival committee with their new flag for the event

Diggers Festival raises the flag for radical thinker

Wigan is once again preparing to celebrate a radical thinker and writer from the borough with a vibrant day of art and politics this weekend.
A new adoption agency has been launched

Adoption 'must be made easy for everyone'

One of the first regional adoption agencies in the country has opened its doors to adopters.

'Post-nup' deals

Forget the 'pre-nup' - record numbers of couples signing 'post-nup' agreements

Forget 'pre-nup' agreements, record numbers of couples are signing trendy 'post-nup' deals, according to family lawyers.

Trish Green stands by her star with friends, family, colleagues and council members

Brick chief Trish is a a real star

Trish Green, the woman behind Wigan’s Brick charity has been recognised for her dedication to the town’s hungry and homeless.

Runners take part in last years race

Countdown is on to the Wigan 10k

Runners will be busy putting in their final miles of training ahead of the fifth annual Wigan 10k on Sunday.

Private Lee Ellis

Tragic Lee's sister welcomes apology

The sister of a former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper turned solider has told how she cried on receiving a Government apology over his ambush death while serving in Iraq.

The funeral of Jamie Hodson

Twin services to remember tragic rider Jamie Hodson

Simultaneous services are taking place this afternoon in Wigan and the Isle of Man to celebrate the life of local biker Jamie Hodson who tragically died last week.

Ann Maguire

Dance gala celebrates murdered teacher

An evening of world class dance will honour the life of a murdered Wigan teacher and celebrate her legacy.

The netball tournament is being organised to support Michelle Smith

Join netball contest to help mum with cancer

A netball tournament is being organised to raise money for a Wigan mum with incurable cancer.

The new set of stamps featuring some of the most iconic and much-loved British toys

Action Man and Sindy to feature in Royal Mail's latest stamp series

Royal Mail has launched a series of stamps commemorating famous British children's toys from the last 100 years.
The statue of Billy Boston in Believe Square

War of words over bravery of famous 12

A long-running fight to remember a dedicated dozen who battled Franco’s fascists in Spain has led to a war of words with Wigan Council.

The old Wigan ambulance station

Ambulance station site set to form part of Pier Quarter

Wigan ambulance station is set to be demolished and become part of the Pier Quarter regeneration project.

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