Mesnes Park in the media spotlight

A BEAUTIFULLY sunny day saw families flock to Mesnes Park yesterday ... as well as the world’s media.

While youngsters enjoying their half-term played gleefully in the recently refurbished park, Wigan Athletic were holding their pre-Wembley press conference inside the pavilion.

Uwe Rosler meats the press at Mesnes Park pavilion and, inset, with Chonkinfeckle

Uwe Rosler meats the press at Mesnes Park pavilion and, inset, with Chonkinfeckle

Inside were journalists from as far away from Germany as, like last year, the FA Cup spotlight fell on Wigan again with Uwe Rosler taking questions while Wigan folk band Chonkinfeckle played.

One of the reporters present was German press agency DPA reporter Mark Schafer who said: “I think Wigan looks wonderful. It’s a nice park in a very nice area. I knew little about Wigan before I came. I saw the papers with “Believe” in and on the way from the train it was everywhere, I can imagine this is very big for Wigan, you can feel it right through the town.”

For Wigan Leisure Culture Trust, the conference was a great chance to show off the recent refurbishment they’ve carried out of Mesnes Park.

Chief executive Stuart Murray said: “It was great to see so many journalists from around the world descend on Mesnes Park for the Latics’ pre-Wembley press conference.

Photo Ian Robinson'Uwe Rosler's press conference ahead of the semi-final v Arsenal at Wembley'Les Hilton and Tim Cooke from Chonkifeckle

Photo Ian Robinson'Uwe Rosler's press conference ahead of the semi-final v Arsenal at Wembley'Les Hilton and Tim Cooke from Chonkifeckle

“The park remains a real jewel in Wigan’s crown and, following the multi-million pound redevelopment project that was completed last year, was the perfect location to put the borough on the international stage.”

Council leader Lord Peter Smith handed over a “Believe” badge to Rosler.

He said: “We are proud of the refurbishment of this old Victorian park. It looks really nice and on a nice day like today, people come out to enjoy the town.

“We’re happy to show the press what we have achieved and hopefully we’ll be showing the world on Saturday what Wigan Athletic can do in the semi-final.”