Club relaunch hopes to curb village woes

A Wigan social hub has reopened, offering activities and a safe space for local young people.

Wigan Youth Zone's armed forces day

Wigan Youth Zone in display of commitment to armed forces

Preparations are afoot for the return of Wigan Youth Zone's Armed Forces Day.

John and Pauline Wardropper, Robert Lamberth and Samantha Thompson are busy preparing the building and painting furniture which has been donated, for Sams Armed Forces Hub

Hub to offer a warm welcome at cafe venture

A recovery cafe is set to be launched by a military charity in Ashton - to offer an alcohol-free environment to socialise.

Rev Roger Gibbard

Shock at sudden death of popular ex-Wigan vicar

Tributes have been paid to a popular former vicar who lived in Wigan for decades following his sudden death the day before his 70th birthday.

One of the units at Wigan Enterprise Park, which is set to be fully demolished

Bid for 325 new homes in Wigan moves a step closer

Demolition work is set to take place which should kickstart a project to bring 325 homes to a prime site in Wigan.

Stephen Murphy, owner of ABC Nursery, Orrell, upset by rumours the nursery is closing

Wigan nursery is ‘not for sale’ say owners

The owners of a nursery in Wigan have strongly dismissed speculation that they are thinking of selling up - amid anticipated redevelopment work nearby.

As we're taking a look back in time, here's a picture from our archives of Geoffrey Shryhane from 26 years ago...he hasn't aged a bit!

They’re gone but not yet forgotten

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane takes a look back at things that were but no longer are...

Calum Macleod, chairman of the Police Federation, described the situation as being "in crisis"

'Startling' number of police have signs of depression, police federation warns

Eight out of 10 police officers are displaying signs of depression or anxiety as a result of "doing too much", the chairman of the Police Federation has warned.

IN PICTURES: 17 cars from British Leyland’s 50 year history

British Leyland dominated the domestic motoring scene making some of the most famous names on the nation’s roads during the 1970s and 1980s.

Geoffrey Shryhane

Public notice warns of a womaniser...

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane takes a look at the very personal "Personal" columns of yesteryear!

Leigh Cats and Dogs Home

'Extreme concerns' spark probe at borough animal shelter

A borough MP has fought for the review of a local animal shelter following “extremely concerning” revelations.

The collapsed stand that left one fan dead

The day stand collapsed at Wigan's rugby semi-final

Our top columnist, Geoffrey Shryhane, takes a look at a rugby clash that was a shock for all the wrong reasons...


How to check if your Facebook account is one of the 87 MILLION affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has revealed that Up to 87 million accounts may have 'improperly shared' with data firm Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook offers services in return for data collection, says Lancaster University academic Dr Helena Wenninger

‘There needs to be more awareness of privacy’

In the brave new world of social media, it can feel as though Big Brother really is watching our every move. But is it really so bad that Facebook knows our favourite drinks and where we like to shop? And will the Cambridge Analytica revelations really change the behaviour of the social media generation?


Through adversity to the stars - 100 years of the RAF

As the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary this week, here are some of the key dates, facts and figures surrounding the first 100 years of the junior service.

Angela Dunn, Roger Norcross, Diane and Bloom and Tony Triscari set off

Healthy walks take in nature on Wigan's doorstep

Trekkers from Wigan borough have embraced the great outdoors as part of an exciting new project to promote the health benefits of a walk on the wild side.

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has died. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has died

Former Chelsea captain Ray Wilkins has died in hospital following a cardiac arrest. He was 61.
Ring and Ride fare increases have been agreed

Huge fare hike for Ring and Ride in Wigan

A whopping 25 per cent hike has been agreed for ring and ride service fares in Wigan and Greater Manchester.

Have you downloaded your Facebook data?

What information is held by Facebook? How to find out what Facebook knows about you?

Facebook’s collection of data has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after information on millions of users was leaked by a third party.
Stuart Cowley (third right, back row) with Coppull Lane Respite Centre residents

Praise for Wigan social care services

Services providing vital support to some of Wigan borough’s most vulnerable residents have been rated “good” with no recommendations by the Care Quality Commission.

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