IN PICTURES: Wiganers get ready to enjoy Wakes Weeks in 1969

Wakes weeks was the highlight of the year for every Wiganer, young and old.

Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 9:28 am
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 11:43 am
All smiles as Wiganers get ready to board coaches to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969
All smiles as Wiganers get ready to board coaches to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969

Factories, businesses and shops all closed for the grand occasion, as thousands of Wiganers, dressed to impress, took trains and buses to the seaside, Blackpool, Southport and North Wales for their annual family holiday. Pics by Gary Brunskill.

Dressed to impress, Wiganers meet at the market square to board coaches to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969
Buckets and spades at the ready for young lads waiting on the market square for their coaches to take them on the annual Wakes Weeks holidays

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Wiganers get ready to board trains to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday, July 1969.
All aboard! Wiganers board coaches to the seaside, during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969
Wiganers meet at the market square to board coaches to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969
Wigan's workforce gather to board their trains at North West Station to holiday at the seaside, 1969
Jumping for joy as Wiganers get ready to board coaches at market square for their annual Wakes weeks holiday.
A family get ready to board a train for Wigan wakes weeks at North Western Station 1969.
Wigan wakes weeks a busy North Western Station 1969
A busy North Western Station 1969 as Wiganers prepare to board the train
Wiganers meet at the Market Square to board coaches to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969
Wiganers get ready to board coaches at the Market Square, going to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969
Play us a tune! Wigan wakes weeks North Western Station 1969
Wiganers meet at the Market Square to board coaches to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969
Wiganers meet at the Market Square to board coaches to the seaside during the annual wakes weeks holiday July 1969