The Verve in Wigan 20 years on: The greatest gift

Photographer Brian Cannon said watching The Verve play their iconic show at Haigh Hall on his birthday was the greatest day of his life.

Ravellas have been to France in a twin town band exchange

Wigan band on the road with twin town trip

A Wigan band enjoyed the delights of touring France as part of a musical exchange with the borough’s twin town Angers.

A painting of Beethoven

Classical Chat: Beethoven the master of drama

Beethoven is one of the most important figures in classical music, who occupies the key turning point between the Classical and Romantic.

Lucy Eccles, pictured with mum Jill, Alan Gregory, brother Alex and Tina Jameson owner of Tinas Dance Studio, Wigan

Campaign to get Wigan dancer into fame academy

Generous arts enthusiasts have launched a crowd-funding campaign to help a talented young Wigan dancer step her way to the very top.
The Royal Court in its heyday. Picture courtesy of Wigan Archives and Local Studies

Old Courts team plans to bring historic Wigan theatre back to life

These pictures show the theatrical heyday of a major Wigan town centre venue and the arts enthusiasts hoping to bring it back.


M58 link road WILL go ahead

Councillors have given the green light to a much-debated route set to run from a motorway junction towards Wigan town centre.
Hundreds of hospital staff strike, as Unison hold a rally against proposals to move some NHS staff at Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh hospitals to subsidiary firm WWL Solutions, held at Believe Square, Wigan

More NHS strikes as WWL boss hits back

Unions have announced two more strike days for workers at the borough’s hospitals embroiled in a furious dispute over their employment status.

Brook House, where two closure orders have been issued by magistrates

Seven closure orders at Wigan homes to fight anti-social behaviour

Seven properties have been banned from receiving visitors by the courts as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Matthew back at Mesnes Park where his extraordinary run challenge began

Wigan man runs 5k for 500 days in a row

An intrepid Wigan runner is celebrating a major milestone after lacing up his trainers for good causes every day for more than a year.


More Wigan hospital strikes likely in employment row

Hundreds of NHS workers currently out on strike are believed to be preparing to head to the picket line again if their employment dispute is not resolved.
Oli on top of Halgurd

Wiganer conquers Iraqi danger mountain

An intrepid Wigan adventurer is celebrating success in his latest expedition to scale a massive mountain in a remote corner of the Middle East.

Hope College students with one of their hedgehog homes

Spike in help for Wigan hedgehogs

Hedgehogs have pricked the consciences of wildlife lovers across Wigan.


VIDEO: Pioneering politician and literary legend honoured with blue plaques

Wigan enjoyed a double celebration of its history as blue plaques were unveiled in the town centre to a literary legend and a pioneering women’s suffrage politician.
New Wigan Council leader Coun David Molyneux

New leader's listening pledge and praise for Wigan economy

Wigan Council’s newly-appointed leader has pledged to listen as he praised his predecessor’s work putting the borough on economic track.


VIDEO: Wigan's Pride launch on day against hate

Wigan Pride launched the borough’s 2018 celebration of diversity and tolerance on a global day against sexuality and gender-related hatred.
Teenage DJ Reece Taylor

Teen DJ from Wigan dazzles on decks at festival

A Wigan DJ is dreaming of stardom after performing to hundreds of dance music fans at a major European festival at the tender age of just 15.

An illustrative view of how the logistics warehouse could look

Dilemma as Wigan warehouse scheme becomes jobs versus environment

The borough faces a dilemma pitting the economy against the environment after a massive job creation scheme was proposed on Wigan’s green belt.
Volunteers have helped plant thousands of trees and shrubs

Bringing site back to life with thousands of trees and shrubs

A staggering 3,000 shrubs and trees were planted by volunteers over winter in a community effort to improve a former coal mine’s diversity.

Fire service

Safety warning after chimney soot causes lounge fire

Firefighters are warning residents to ensure chimneys are free of soot after a fire in a living room.

Police incident

Police investigating gun damage to car in Wigan

A police probe is under way after a car was found with gunshot damage on a Wigan estate.

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