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The 10 best-kept secrets about Wigan that even most residents won't know

If you are Wigan born and bred then you may think you know your town pretty well ... but do you really?


Here are 10 fascinating facts about our wonderful town that may surprise you ...

World famous rapper Fifty Cent once dropped into a studio in Standish and laid down some tracks on his way back from a concert.

1. It's a rap

World famous rapper Fifty Cent once dropped into a studio in Standish and laid down some tracks on his way back from a concert.
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During the Great War, Haigh Hall was used as a military hospital and housed casualties from 1914 onwards.

2. Hospital hall

During the Great War, Haigh Hall was used as a military hospital and housed casualties from 1914 onwards.
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Wiganer George Formby was given a top award by the Russians who loved the humour in his films.

3. Turned out nice again

Wiganer George Formby was given a top award by the Russians who loved the humour in his films.
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Wigan Borough has roughly the same population as Iceland.

4. Cold, hard fact

Wigan Borough has roughly the same population as Iceland.
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