IN PICTURES: Wigan through the decades

Here’s our latest batch of pictures from the Wigan Observer and Wigan Post archives.

Conor McGinn (right)

Service marks anniversary of mining disaster

A local MP attended a poignant service to remember one of the region’s worst ever pit disasters.

Two slip roads have been closed.

Motorway slip roads closed as police deal with 'distressed' woman on a bridge

Two motorway slip roads on the M6 have been closed this morning (Saturday, June 16) while police dealt with what they described as a "distressed" woman on a bridge.

VIDEO: Volunteering is in the spotlight

Volunteers from organisations across the borough joined forces to encourage people to help make a difference.
The memorial garden for Ellen Higginbottom at Winstanley College

College pays tribute to tragic Ellen Higginbottom with new memorial garden

A murdered Wigan student has been immortalised by a new memorial garden.
Protesters embark on a walk around The Bell

Protesters redouble their efforts for The Bell

A new protest walk took place around a Wigan community’s last piece of green belt amid continuing fears it could be built on.

More protection

Police dogs and horses to get more protection from attacks

Police dogs and horses are set to get more protection from attacks after Michael Gove gave the Government's backing to a bill implementing a so-called "Finn's Law".
Wigan Council homelessness champions with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

Fresh funding boost for homeless hubs bid

A major boost has been given to efforts to open two hubs for the homeless in the borough.

VIDEO: A nostalgic trip down memory lane at Wigan theatre

Decades after it was last used, much of the equipment used to put on shows and films at what could be Wigan’s next big arts venue is still there.

The Heinz factory at Kitt Green

Why Heinz beans are truly the life blood of our town

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane looks at what Heinz means to Wigan...


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Family and friends who climbed Snowdon

Baby Otis inspires Wigan firefighters to take on climb in intense heat

Wigan firefighters have tackled one of the UK’s tallest mountains to raise money for their colleague’s son, who is fighting a rare liver disease.

Adam Burns and Natalie Peacock from Alisons Fish and Chip restaurant

Support your local chippy this fry-day

National Fish and Chip Day takes place today and people all over the UK, from chip shops to fishermen, will be enjoying the iconic family favourite.

Rachel Holley and Tony Halsall arrive in Lancaster with another rider

Wigan fund-raiser cycles across the country on a tandem for charity

A keen cyclist from Wigan joined fellow two-wheeler fans to keep an intrepid tandem rider company as she took part in a mammoth charity challenge.
The 67-mile heart shape route that he ran around Manchester to commemorate the victims of the arena bombing.

Runner completes heart-shaped route around Manchester for arena victims

A filmmaker ran a 67-mile heart shape around Manchester to commemorate the victims of the arena bombing.
Last year's Race For Life at Haigh Woodland Park

Wigan fund-raisers limber up for Race For Life

Hundreds of fund-raisers will pull on their trainers in Wigan today to join the fight against cancer.


VIDEO: Blind and partially sighted experience the thrill of the racetrack

Blind and partially sighted people were given the rare chance to experience the thrill of whizzing around a Wigan racetrack.

Counter-terrorist specialist firearms officers (CTSFOs)

Top police marksmen to be issued with night vision and silencers

Elite police marksmen will be issued with new equipment to boost their ability to deal with siege and hostage rescue situations.

National Garden Scheme

Beautiful Lancashire gardens available to view via National Garden Scheme

People love a good nosey around someone else’s garden to see how they form their perennials and now is the perfect chance to snoop.

WATCH: Galloway's Society for the Blind in Penwortham gives blind and partially sighted people a driving experience in Wigan

Blind and partially sighted people from Lancashire were given the chance to experience the thrill of whizzing around a Wigan racetrack.
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