The 10 best-kept secrets about Wigan that even most residents won't know

If you are Wigan born and bred then you may think you know your town pretty well ... but do you really?

Monday, 10th December 2018, 2:00 pm
Updated Monday, 10th December 2018, 3:05 pm
Wigan Pier
Wigan Pier

Here are 10 fascinating facts about our wonderful town that may surprise you ...

World famous rapper Fifty Cent once dropped into a studio in Standish and laid down some tracks on his way back from a concert.
During the Great War, Haigh Hall was used as a military hospital and housed casualties from 1914 onwards.

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Wiganer George Formby was given a top award by the Russians who loved the humour in his films.
Wigan Borough has roughly the same population as Iceland.
Johnny Vegas, Tom O'Connor and Kenny Everett attended the former St Joseph's seminary in Up Holland.
Movie megastar and former Mr Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger once stayed at a house in Kitt Green when he was an aspiring bodybuilder
In the 1830s Wigan became one of the first towns in Britain to be served by a railway.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta stopped over in Springfield in Wigan in the late 1960s.
Sir Francis Sharp Powell was still alive when his statue was unveiled in Mesnes Park in the early days of the 20th century. He died within months.
Ian McKellen's father, who worked in Wigan Corporation's Engineers' Department, was killed in a car crash. His sister Jean died in a fall down stairs.