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Your Wellbeing at the forefront of new Wigan hub

Wiganers worn down by the daily grind of life can now be lifted up to a better place thanks to the opening of a lavish new mindfulness hub.

Health
Chloe Openshaws new novel has been inspired by the popular TV drama Downton Abbey

Wigan writer inspired by Downton drama

A Wigan writer has achieved her long-held dream of publishing a novel - with a little help from one of TV’s best-loved period costume dramas.

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VIDEO: Pupils give their teachers a good soaking for charity

Teachers at a Wigan secondary school were in the firing line as students lined up to throw wet sponges at them for charity.

Education
Coun Nathan Murray with the new barriers

New barriers to halt anti-social quad bikers in Wigan

Quad bikers and off-road motorcyclists will face new barriers to accessing land in the borough for their high-speed activities.

Transport
The BBC Proms. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

Classical Chat: Standing room as the Proms are back

The middle of summer can mean only one thing for classical music fans: the BBC Proms are back!

Music
Wigan Council leader Coun David Molyneux

End of NHS strike is hailed but questions remain over details

The sudden deal brokered by Wigan Council to end the borough’s NHS dispute has been welcomed but questions over details still remain.

Health
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis and MPs with strikers

Bitter wrangles and strikes in health issue which lasted months

The battle over the implementation of WWL Solutions has been the story dominating discussion of the NHS in the borough in 2018.

Health
The Deanery High School

Wigan mum's anger after school mix up

An unhappy Wigan mum has hit out at the secondary school admissions process after her daughter was involved in a heartbreaking mix-up.

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CEO of Community First Academy Trust Sue Darbyshire - the new leadership team at Rose Bridge Academy

Wigan school plan "not fit for purpose" say inspectors

A Wigan secondary school has once again been severely criticised by inspectors and is not making progress months after a damning report.

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Wigan Town Hall

Plans announced to tackle drugs and anti-social behaviour in Wigan community

Anti-social behaviour and the taking and selling of illegal drugs in a Wigan community were spotlighted at a town hall meeting.

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Roy Chubby Brown

Controversial comic Roy Chubby Brown is coming to Wigan

One of Britain’s most controversial comedians is heading for Wigan with a new show that promises to be as outrageous as ever.
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Wigan Hall, where two outbuildings have been badly damaged by fire

Large outbuildings fire at historic Wigan Hall

Fire crews have worked throughout the night following a large blaze at the former rectory Wigan Hall.
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The Lottery Winners

"It's important we remember Viola Beach" says borough band

A leading band from the borough will play one of its biggest headlining gigs to date on an emotional night in memory of a tragic indie group.

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Fire service

Fury at another night of Wigan grass fires

Angry firefighters have once again hit out at youths deliberately lighting grass fires across Wigan.

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Fire service

Man taken to hospital after unattended pan sparks fire

A man had to be rescued from sheltered accommodation following a fire which started when a pan of food was left on a cooker.

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A wasps' nest

Roof fire as man tries to smoke out wasps' nest

A man unintentionally set the roof of his house on fire while trying to smoke out a wasps' nest during England's World Cup semi-final.
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Cubs leader Mary Smith at the storage cage

Wigan Scout group devastated by gas theft

Scouts have been left devastated after a huge supply of camping gas vanished from their HQ just weeks before an international jamboree.

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Jo Platt MP

Frontbench role for MP Jo Platt

An MP from the borough has been appointed to a prestigious role in Labour's latest front-bench reshuffle.
Politics

VIDEO: Viva Las Vegas as jazz festival returns

Finding quality jazz in Wigan certainly won’t be a game of chance this week as a major borough festival opens with a Vegas-themed concert.

Music
The unveiling of the Wigan Pride mascot Unity

Mascot unveiled as Wigan Pride draws nearer

The countdown to Wigan Pride is on and this year’s festival will highlight people coming together thanks to its newly-named mascot.

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