New appeal in charity chief's name to help Wigan Youth Zone

A new children’s appeal has been launched in the name of a terminally ill Wigan charity chief.

FC Britannia are presented with the new kit

Young Wigan footballers get new kit from council grant

A Wigan children’s football club has been awarded £2,000 to go towards new kits for their players.


The Voice comes to Wigan

Live auditions in front of the producers of ITV’s The Voice were held at The Old Courts in Wigan.

Front left to right: auxiliary Diane Barron, Pensioners Link project'co-ordinator Tutik Ratnasari, auxiliary Jane Connolly and (back) porter John Aspey in the Wigan Infirmary discharge lounge

Wigan patients to get more support after leaving hospital

Borough residents will have vital support to help them to return home from hospital after a new service was commissioned.

Lily Lion takeaway in Shevington

Wigan takeaway infested with mice

A popular Wigan eatery was shut down by the courts after its kitchen was found to be infested with vermin.
Bill Ainscough

Wigan tycoon climbs further up rich list

Wigan tycoon Bill Ainscough has climbed further up the North West’s rich list with a fortune now worth well over half a billion pounds.

Lord Peter Smith and Prince Harry when His Royal Highness visited Wigan

End of an era for Lord Smith and Wigan Council

One of the longest serving council leaders in the UK, Lord Peter Smith, has announced he is stepping down after 27 years in charge of Wigan Council.

Lord Peter Smith

Council leader Lord Peter Smith quits after 27 years

Wigan Council’s leader Lord Smith has sensationally quit after 27 years in charge at the town hall.
Deep holes still pepper the site

Wigan car park still ‘the worst’

Six months after a pledge was made to in-fill vehicle-damaging craters at “Wigan’s worst car park” still nothing has been done.


Police fail to respond to Grand Arcade terror

Police took two hours to respond to a rapidly escalating emergency at Wigan’s main shopping centre in which youths ran amok and some tried smashing their way into a security office to free a pal held by guards.
Chris Bullock and Katie Holroyd

Chris and Katie make NHS work a family affair

The borough’s hospital trust likes to think of itself as one big family.

Homeless champions at the conference held at The Edge this week, including Donna Hall and Andy Burnham

Project launched to tackle Wigan's homelessness crisis

A new programme dedicated to putting the borough’s homeless and rough sleepers in touch with support services has been launched.

The Queen and Sir David during the documentary

Call to include Wigan parkland in ‘Queen’s canopy’

Wigan Council is being urged to submit the magnificent woodlands of Haigh Plantations to a very royal project.

Wigan and Leigh College principal Anna Dawe holding the trophy along with senior colleagues. Picture courtesy of Joe Gardner Photography.

Borough college is named best in the North

Wigan and Leigh College is celebrating after it was named the top further education centre in the North of England.
The labs being demolished at Wigan Infirmary

Old labs make way for new car park at Wigan Infirmary

They were never architectural wonders, most Wigan Infirmary visitors probably never noticed them, and many will welcome the reason for their demise.

Bobbies on the beat

Massive crime hike hits Wigan police force

The bobbies protecting Wigan borough faced a massive 37 per cent rise in crimes last year – one of the biggest hikes in the country.
The car on its roof on Ashton Road

Motorist cheats death after car flips onto roof on busy Wigan road

A motorist managed to escape unscathed after their car careered out of control and overturned on a busy Wigan road.
Demonstrators outside the hospital

Hospital staff in new protest

Wigan Infirmary staff made it clear that their objections to the hospital trust’s turning some of its business over to a new company will not be going away.

Pat and Dave Walsh

Wigan fostering heroes urge carers to keep siblings together

An inspirational couple who have fostered 37 children are urging others to keep families together during the hardest time in their lives by caring for siblings and children with disabilities.
Left to right, Ed Balls, Frank Skinner, Harry Hill and Gerry Mawdsley with Vivien behind him

Queen offered ukulele lessons by fans of Wigan's George Formby

The music of Wigan-born entertainer George Formby enjoyed its biggest day for decades when fans serenaded the Queen at her gala birthday party.

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