Mystery of old Wigan businesses' signs revealed

The old sign revealed by high winds at the Platt Bridge hair salon
The old sign revealed by high winds at the Platt Bridge hair salon

High winds blew in a mysterious blast from the past for a Wigan shop owner.

Part of the sign outside Infinity Hair Salon, on Warrington Road, Platt Bridge, was blown off in bad weather.

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When the full sign was removed so it could be replaced, old signage was uncovered.

The unit was split into two shops then, named Outfitters and C&E Wood.

But the shop’s current owner Michelle Skett knows nothing about them.

She said: “It’s a bit of a mystery. My mum has always lived in Platt Bridge and doesn’t remember very much. They could be from a long time ago, I’m not sure.”

Michelle has tried to find out more about the shops from that time and has been told various things by people in Platt Bridge, but has not been able to confirm anything.

One line of enquiry is that Outfitters sold men’s clothes and C&E Wood was a carpet or upholstery shop.

She said: “I remember from childhood it used to be a gym so those shops might have been there before the gym or even below it.”

Michelle plans to erect a new sign and will leave the old signage in place.

But first she would like to find out about the shops and maybe even track down their owners or relatives.

She said: “I want to find out what it was. I think it would be nice for the families if they are still alive to see it from all those years ago.”

Anyone with information about the shops is asked to contact Michelle on 01942 861111 or call into the hair salon.