MEMORIES: a quarter century of pictures from Wigan and Leigh's wonderful flashes

They turned from eyesore relics of the mining industry to some of Wigan’s greatest natural assets.

The network of flashes across the borough now have nature reserve status and for years have been host to a wide variety of events, both on water and dry land. Here are 34 pictures from the archives dating from 1996 to 2011 featuring plenty of boat action but also eco-projects, sport and birdwatching.

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