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RL stars give Jack’s fund a push!

Nine-year-old Jack Johnson - the inspiration behind charity Joining Jack - will take part in the inaugural Run Wigan Festival.

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Radiographers Emma Christy, who is Nathan's sister, and Bella's mum Natalie Stevenson

Oh, baby - didn’t they well!

A cute calendar featuring babies at Wigan Infirmary has proved to be a real money-spinner for two good causes.

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Journalist and author Alan Roby at the grave of Mary Weeton at Thomas the Martyr Church, Upholland, Wigan

Long lost diary of life in Georgian Lancashire

A chance purchase in a second hand shop sent journalist Alan Roby on a decades long odyssey piecing together the fascinating tale of life in Lancashire during the early1800s.

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The alleyway in question

Alley gate security appeal

A councillor is calling on the town hall to ensure residents feel safe in their homes by finishing a part-completed security project.

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Louis Simpson

Louis’s mum asks for appeal help

The mother of a teenager who died in a barn fire is urging well-wishers to donate to a friend’s cancer charity appeal so that “some good might come from this tragic event.”

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Logan Gallagher before he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014

Pupils’ tributes to young cancer victim Logan

Classmates of a little Wigan boy who died from cancer are to raise money in his memory.

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Geoffrey Shryhane

Yes, time heals – but exactly how long does it take?

Geoffrey Shryhane takes a close look at the topics of grief and loneliness...

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Litter strewn across the children's play area at Orrell Water Park after up to 200 teenagers congregated there

Residents’ despair over rowdy youths

Huge groups of teenagers descended on a popular green space and left the children’s play area fire damaged and strewn with broken glass.

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A planning image of the new sports complex

New sports ground approved

A pair of Wigan sports clubs are celebrating a planning victory after proposals for a vast new facility cleared another hurdle.
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The Fleece pub in Ashton is up for auction

Licence row pub for sale

A Wigan borough rock pub whose licence was revoked by the council is to go under the hammer.

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Councillors Debbie and George Fairhurst at the Woodhurst Drive play area

Delight as play area revamp launched

Councillors on both sides of the chamber are hailing news that work to transform a children’s play area is about to begin.

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Firefighters have been called out to some bizarre incidents, GMFRS has said

Fire service warning about Valentine's Day antics

Adventurous types are being given a word of caution about finding themselves trapped in red-faced situations by the fire service this Valentine’s Day.
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Hospice staff encouraging Wiganers to take part in the photography competition

Snap to it and help hospice renovation

Artistic Wiganers are being asked to submit their finest shots of the borough’s landmarks for a leading local charity’s renovation project.

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Wigan Athletic Community Trust receiving a cheque for more than �400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for its Pathway 2 Participation scheme

Borough’s £3.4m lotto gifts

More than £3.4m of National Lottery funding was awarded in Wigan last year.

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Steven Shepherd

50 years since tragic death of bullied Stephen made headlines

A schoolboy at the heart of a notorious Wigan tragedy was today remembered 50 years on from his death.

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A typical corner shop.  This one on Hindleys Bridgewater Street was demolished years ago

Nostalgic appeal provided by the old corner shops

Memories and musings with Geoffrey Shryhane... There’s an odd one here and an odd one there, but by and large, the traditional Wigan corner shop has quietly slipped into history.

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Are you clued up on house prices in your area?

Region heads league of nosey neighbours

Four in 10 Wigan folk check up on the value of their friends’ homes, according to a new survey.

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Thomas Jackson posted a photo claiming to have found a coin collection

Magnetic fishing trip nets coin haul

X marked the spot for one Wigan man after finding an astonishing collection of old coins.

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Stuart Tagg as Peppa Pig at the Wigan 10K

Grieving dad hailed a fund-raising hero

A grieving Wigan dad has won a major prize for the charity work he has done in memory of his toddler son.

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Residents pictured protesting about noise pollution and parking issues outside Billinge Family Church

Love thy neighbour? Row at ‘noisy church’ goes on

An attempt by council chiefs to broker a peace deal between church leaders and disgruntled residents has failed to resolve the bitter dispute.

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