New statue is unveiled after arson attack

A community has rallied round to replace a statue damaged in an arson attack.

A slightly younger Geoffrey Shryhane at the royal tribute wall

Sad loss of our unique royal wall

Memories and musings with our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane...

Les Hilton

Musicians are rallying round to support Les

The sound of music will help to make a difference to a popular performer recovering from a stroke.

Danny Simm meeting Chris Bourne for a documentary

Radio presenter’s film about singer

A young Wigan radio presenter and songwriter has made a short film giving music fans an exclusive look behind the scenes at a major tour.

Staff at Old Courts CIC, Crawford Street, Wigan

Disability access drive moving on up

A leading Wigan arts venue is in a desperate race against time to raise enough money to buy specialist equipment for disabled access.

Britannia Hotel, Almond Brook Road, Standish

Wigan hotel is removed from asylum list

A Wigan hotel which was controversially used to house asylum seekers will no longer do so, the authorities have confirmed.

The Griffin Hotel in Standishgate

Landlord’s fury as Griffin up for sale

A Wigan landlord has vented his frustration at being told his pub would be put up for sale by its owners.

We Care To Share hampers being distributed to churches, charities and organisations helping vulnerable and elderly Wiganers

Community group shows they care to share

Organisations working with vulnerable and elderly Wiganers received a new year boost thanks to a kind Wigan mum’s community group.

The Beeches hotel and brasserie

Anger at hotel shutdown

The shock closure of a popular Wigan hotel and restaurant was today cloaked in mystery.

Coun Hilton at the bus stop

Bus stop crusade victory

Transport chiefs have pledged finally to replace a bus shelter following the intervention of a councillor and the Wigan Evening Post.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian’s pride at his family roots

Sir Ian McKellen’s next big appearance is as himself, tracing his roots in BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Left to right: Emma Foster, Emma Allen-Taylor, Emma Taylor. Milly Read, Andy Bycroft

Bank staff raise thousands for charity

Caring staff at a borough bank came together to raise a staggering amount for a charity close to their hearts.

Couples urged to consider fostering

Couples urged to consider fostering

A new drive has been launched to get more borough couples into fostering.

Penningtons Tea Rooms

Community cafe costs reach £16k for council

Wigan Council has spent more than £16,000 supporting a community cafe in the past 18 months.

Wigan rugby legend Billy Boston and wife Joan have dedicated a bench in memory of daughter Angela

Billy’s bench is tribute to daughter

The unveiling of the new Billy Boston statue in Wigan town centre last September was a day never to forget for family and friends of the rugby super star.

Hilary Harrison

Tributes to much-loved Hilary

Tributes have been paid following the death of a long-serving and committed member of Wigan Musical Theatre Group.

Search at Mesnes Park for missing dog Mitch

Mission to find missing Mitch

Dogs - sadly - go missing all the time. But rarely can the search to find them be as extensive as the hunt for much-loved Mitch at the weekend.

Military campaigner and former paratrooper Royston Brett

Former soldier on campaign trail

A former soldier from the borough is getting on his bike to show support for an ex-serviceman who was controversially jailed for murder.

Geoffrey Shryhane

The magic of the five-star chippy

My World with Geoffrey Shryhane...

Joseph Wilson

Schoolboy raised hundreds by growing his hair - now he’s for the chop!

A schoolboy who has grown his hair long is preparing to face the chop for two good causes.

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