This bollard on a Wigan street is causing quite a stir on Facebook

Many people have spent more time exploring their local area during the pandemic, appreciating the things they previously took for granted.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 7:00 am
Bolly the bollard

And one item of street furniture has caught the eye of residents in Aspull - a bollard!

It is located outside Spar, on Bolton Road, and has been damaged over the years, with vehicles crashing into it or even getting stuck on top of it.

Despite not being in perfect condition, the bollard - known as Bolly - is loved by many people in the surrounding area.

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A Liverpool FC flag drape over Bolly

So many, in fact, that hundreds of people now like and follow its Facebook page!

The page was set up by an Aspull man, who wishes to remain anonymous, to entertain both himself and other people in the area during the pandemic.

He said: “I’m bored and thought I would create a page for Bolly. Lots of people were looking at it, sharing it and messaging me.

“I was having a bit of banter with everyone in Aspull about things that are happening in the area and it’s grown from there.

“I have tried to be quite humorous. I thought nothing would come of it but it’s got bigger and bigger, it’s great.”

Bolly’s Facebook page contains amusing observations from his prime spot in the village, referring to things he has seen, items available in nearby shops and the people who live in the area.

One post said: “John at 18 can you leave your blinds open and tv on before you go to work g. Cricket on all day. Nice one fella. B x”

Another said: “What’s best kebab to get around here? One that delivers to Aspull preferably as I have no legs. Bolly x”

It also features useful information, such as a post about when bins will be emptied over Easter, links to local businesses and articles from Wigan Today.

The anonymous man behind Bolly’s Facebook page likes to post several updates each day to keep his legion of fans entertained.

And they join in by taking items to Bolly, including football shirts and Easter chick toys.

He has no plans to stop amusing people in Aspull yet.

He said: “I will carry on with it and have a laugh with it, probably until the lockdown is over.”

The page can be found at www.facebook.com/BOLLY-104127564995442

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