A LOCAL band is paying tribute to the old Red Rose County with a tour celebrating the culture and traditions of Lancashire.
The Lottery Winners, from Leigh, have embarked on a World Tour of Lancashire celebrating businesses, arts stars and history by playing gigs the length and breadth of God’s own county over the next three months.
The indie-pop four-piece, made up of frontman Thom Rylance, guitarist Robert Lally, bassist Katie Lloyd and drummer Joe Singleton, kicked off last weekend in Accrington for a jaunt which will include dates in Tyldesley and Leigh.
The Lottery Winners, who will release latest single Heavy Heart this week and have previously supported the likes of pianist Jamie Cullum, took on the world tour to show their pride in their native county.
Singer Thom, 24, said: “I can’t imagine being from anywhere else; it’s a land of tradition and romance, filled with diversity and brimming with history.
“It’s all very modest though, I think. It’s not at all cocky or like a school bully, like some of the other places I’ve been to visit. It’s just there, all beautiful and grand, with everything you could ever want.”
The Lottery Winners will travel all over Lancashire, with gigs in old industrial heartlands including Bolton, Burnley and Bury while also visiting beautiful countryside in areas such as the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay.
The tour arrives in the borough with a gig at Cadence Cafe in Tyldesley on March 1, with the band also performing in Leigh on March 4.
Wigan will also be celebrated for its commerce during the tour with food processing giant Heinz, which is based at Kitt Green, one of the businesses the band is keen to highlight during their Lancastrian jaunt.
The band has also arranged the tour, which is being put together in partnership with Visit Lancashire, to celebrate the old county before the infamous local government re-organisations of the 1970s, which saw 10 boroughs become Greater Manchester and other parts of the county incorporated into Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria.
The Lottery Winners have drawn considerable acclaim in the North West music scene for their catchy but epic three-minute indie-pop songs, while Thom’s stage persona has been described as a cross between Freddie Mercury and Peter Kay.
The band is also following in a long line of successful music acts from across Wigan borough including The Verve, former Winstanley College students Starsailor and legendary Leigh punk act Buzzcocks.
For more information about the tour, visit thelotterywinners.co.uk