Dramatic new look for Mill

Web service manager, Anthony Critchley, left, and Stage managing co-ordinator Jay Jacob at the Mill at the Pier
Web service manager, Anthony Critchley, left, and Stage managing co-ordinator Jay Jacob at the Mill at the Pier

GRAND plans have been unveiled for an iconic historic building in Wigan.

Since ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) moved into The Mill at the Pier last September, bosses have been planning to bring more culture to the town by expanding music and comedy nights and the building is 
currently being renovated, 
to accommodate the new plans.

Anthony Critchley, web services manager at ALRA, said: “We are renovating the theatre space, getting it tidied up. We will keep a lot of the old features, especially the bar, which looks like it did before.

“It is looking tremendous at the moment.

“We are looking for people with memories and photos of the place so we can use them to go on our website and photos to go up in the theatre.

“We know how wonderful this place was for the town and we want to share a lot of experiences.

“Because of its great history, the Jazz Festival, Wigan Beer Festival and numerous other events, it is great to get the place up and running again and I am sure the people of Wigan will get behind that.”

Anthony is now looking into booking some exciting events, aimed at bringing a wider audience to the popular spot.

British rock band FM filmed a promo video at the venue and several theatre companies have booked in to perform,

Anthony said: “We have some good events already planned.

“Some theatre companies are coming in and we have held shows from our own students.

“We aim to have a little stage next to the bar for acoustic nights, jazz events, comedy gigs and an open mic night.

“We hope to raise money through the bar to buy better equipment for larger events, like concerts and bigger comedy nights.

“We are bringing Wigan Pier back to Wigan as a 
theatre and venue. We have had discussions about the International Jazz Festival coming back here, as it always ended at the Pier, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

“There are loads of things we can do here – the possibilities are endless.

“Residents have thoroughly enjoyed us being here as it has livened up the area.

“We are flexible and hope to put on as much for the Wigan people as we can.

“We are open to bookings as the venue can be hired.”

For more information, visit www.millatthepier.co.uk.