Facebook app boost for Wigan

Wigan Pier
Wigan Pier

PEOPLE power could elevate Wigan to one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

As part of a new Facebook application 101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad, which is designed to encourage the nation to take more holidays, the national tourist board VisitEngland is urging folk to nominate their favourite local visitor experiences.

With a wide range of heritage, culture and sport, the borough certainly has plenty going for it.

Whether it be strolling in the country parks of Haigh Hall or Pennington Flash, watching a football match at the DW Stadium or visiting the historic Wigan Pier, they are all pluses that council chiefs today said residents should be crowing from the rooftops! Research shows that 60 per cent of the population feel more proud to be British, and 20 per cent plan to take more breaks in England as a result of the feel good factor after the events of 2012, including The Jubilee.

However, the tourist board also has evidence of a distinct lack of knowledge about what is on offer in the country and the app is designed to fill that gap and stimulate a renewed buzz about England as a must see holiday destination.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Coun Chris Ready, said that he thinks Turnpike Gallery, Pennington Flash, Engine House At Pier and Haigh Hall are Wigan’s best attractions.

He said: “I think there are so many amazing places to choose from within Wigan which would highlight the town’s natural beauty but I’ve chosen a variation of landmarks across the borough to give a wide scale of places to visit.

“We are very proud of our green spaces and attractions all across the town and anybody visiting the borough can see that.

“A tourist once said about Haigh Hall that they never knew we had such a treasure and that we should be proud it is on our very own doorstep.

“I just wish we could sort the weather out!”

The app will be live until March 10 and a selection of nominations will be announced during English Tourism Week, March 16 to 24, with the full 101 locations announced on St George’s Day, April 23.