And here it is, the real truth behind Heinz’s 57 slogan

Our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane takes his weekly stroll down memory lane...

The entrance to the recycling site, image courtesy of Google Maps

Site recycled for good of community

A waste recycling firm has spoken about its plans to convert its site into hundreds of new homes and a community hub.
Catherine Hankey and Belinda Marsh from Nanny Bea's Cafe

It pays to think forward at kind-hearted cafes

Family crisis organisations are backing a wave of support for pay-it-forward schemes that are cropping up across the borough.

Wigan Life Centre and library

‘Transforming services’ is key to saving them

Plans to maintain the borough’s 15 “beating heart” libraries amid budget cutbacks are set to be approved by council bosses this week.

Dave Green's photograph of Alex Fisher

Runner becomes an inspiration to many

This photograph of a woman taking part in Run Wigan Festival has proved to be a real inspiration.

Coun Chris Ready with recipients of the CIF

Community fund given extra boost

Wigan Council’s flagship fund to help out community groups has been extended for a fifth time with cash now up for grabs for worthy causes.

Gidlow Lane play area as it currently looks

Play area to get makeover

Children in Standish Lower Ground will soon benefit from the £50,000 refurbishment of a communal playground.

from left, Sammy Williams, Lily-Rose Williams, one, Mary Holland and Danniele Williams from Norley Hall at Wigan Pride

Wigan Pride will be bigger and better than ever

The borough will once again celebrate diversity and tolerance as the second Wigan Pride event was unveiled.

Theodore Cecil Thompson

Cherishing rugby league’s pioneers

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at some of the heroes of RL from yesteryear...

Geoffrey Shryhane

Memories of ‘wild child’ from Wigan Lane

Memories and musings with Geoffrey Shryhane...

Oli France on one of his previous adventures

Adventurer hopes for trek milestone

A Wigan adventurer is hoping to write his name in the record books when he tackles a gruelling trek he believes has never been done before.

The Cubs present Warren Done with a cheque

Cubs’ rough sleep fund-raiser

Community-minded Cubs-Scouts raised hundreds of pounds to help homeless people by spending a night in makeshift cardboard shelters.

The housing plans for Cale Lane, New Springs

House scheme for former bakery site

Details have emerged of a housing scheme at the site of a former Wigan bakery, signalling the end of decades worth of industry.

Andy Burnham launching the Leigh Community 10k with event partners

On your marks for Leigh Community 10k

Runners will be encouraged to pound the borough’s streets again later this year when the first Leigh Community 10k takes place.

Residents on Meadowbank in Pemberton

Blow for estate as road threat closes nursery

Uncertainty surrounding plans for a motorway link road has led to the closure of a Wigan nursery.

The fund-raiser for the Sepsis Trust in memory of Thomas Tagg

Fund-raiser for tragic Thomas

Generous Wiganers helped the family of a youngster who died of sepsis raise more than £5,000 for charity in his memory.

An artist impression of the split park and car park plan

Proposals for Rec not just a walk in the park

Antipathy between ward councillors and a neighbourhood forum has been exposed over the future of a village recreation area.

David Belfield showing the new performance venue

Performance venue now set to become reality

The long wait will soon be over for Wigan’s very own purpose-built performance venue.

Horse whisperers Kelly Marks,  Monty Roberts and Patrick Gracey

Horse whisperers to pay special visit

A world-famous horse whisperer who has worked with the Queen’s equestrian team is making a rare visit to Wigan.

The Old Courts director Dave Jenkins speaks at the opening of Wigan Arts Festival at The Old Courts, Wigan

Arts boost as region scoops £1.5m funding

Wigan has received a cultural boost after Greater Manchester was chosen for a national scheme spending £1.5m on arts and heritage projects.

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