On September 19th 1960, a young journalist called Geoffrey Shryhane started work at the Wigan Observer - sixty years on and he's still here! Enjoy some of the many photographs taken on assignments during his illustrious career.
The early years - Geoffrey Shryhane heads the group, front centre, with colleagues at the Wigan Observer offices and printing premises in Woods Street, Wigan, 1966.
Back in 1953 a group of schoolboys from Hindley decided to buy a pot of
paint and create a little piece of history. People living in the shadow of a
brick wall at the end of Pump Street, off Market Street, had no idea that their
“wall” would achieve fame years later thanks to Geoffrey Shryhane. With a
pot of cheap white paint from nearby Woolworths, the boys had set about
creating a right royal coronation tribute in letters two feet high. It must have
been good paint – because it was still possible to read the image 50 odd
Ken Dodd visits Wigan, pictured with journalist Geoffrey Shryhane in 1993.
Making a spec-ticul spec-tacle of himself! Roving reporter Geoffrey Shryhane promoting the recycling of old spectacles to fund charitable causes in 1986.