Former Timelord Christopher Eccleston is film group’s patron

Leigh film enthusiasts have pulled off a coup by unveiling one of the region’s best-known acting stars as their community group’s patron.

Geoffrey Shryhane

Yes, time heals – but exactly how long does it take?

Geoffrey Shryhane takes a close look at the topics of grief and loneliness...

John Churton

Travelling singer’s Nashville dreams

A young Wigan musician enjoying a life on the road is desperately fundraising to achieve his dream of making it to Nashville to record.

Beer tax cuts can benefit everyone

Beer tax cuts can benefit everyone

It’s Hoppy Hour with our ale expert Andrew Nowell...

Laura White

Notting Hill door is singer Laura’s inspiration

One of the borough’s best-known singers is making waves with her new EP after writing songs for some of the biggest names in pop.

Hougoumont Farm, near Waterloo, Belgium, was still pockmarked with musket shot and shrapnel in 2015

Leythers in the Battle of Waterloo

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back in time to a time of war...

A typical corner shop.  This one on Hindleys Bridgewater Street was demolished years ago

Nostalgic appeal provided by the old corner shops

Memories and musings with Geoffrey Shryhane... There’s an odd one here and an odd one there, but by and large, the traditional Wigan corner shop has quietly slipped into history.

The 2016 Bent 'n' Bongs Beer Bash at the Atherton Roller Rink

Bent ‘n’ Bongs Beer Bash gets under way

Real ale fans are once again flocking to the borough as one of the biggest local celebrations of all things hopped is under way.

A typical cockle seller

We never went hungry during rationing

Tash Tales with Alf Ridyard

Lisa Wood and Nicola Loftus at last year's event

Beer fest returns to roller rink

Real ale enthusiasts are ready to get the borough’s first major celebration of all things hopped in 2017 rolling.

Helen Stalker at the exhibition

Inspiring images are in the frame at prestigious exhibition

The Turnpike Centre in Leigh has been chosen as the northern venue to showcase the Jerwood Drawing Prize an exciting new exhibition.

GAME OF THE WEEK: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Platform: Xbox One, Genre: Action. Picture credit: PA Photo/Handout.

Games Central: Resident Evil 7 is a first-class first-person horror experience

This week, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is unleashed on Xbox One, Yakuza 0 locks and loads on PS4 and Earthlock - Festival Of Magic stomps onto the same system.


RECIPE: Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Roll - Rotolo Di Spinaci

Impress your family and friends with this authentic Italian home-made pasta recipe from Booths.

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Billy Brayshaw

Billy’s delight at his internet success

It has become a phenomenon in the past few years. It’s inspired songs, phone accessories and the word was even added to the dictionary in 2013.

Jimmy Cricket

Comic Jimmy’s long awaited comeback

Legendary Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket is taking to the stage in Wigan alongside one of the town’s musical talents.

Here are some great tips to keep your greens fresher for longer

Nine hacks to keep your greens fresh for longer

Cut back on waste, save money and make sure you’ve always got things on hand for a healthy meal with’s top tips for keeping your vegetables fresh for longer.
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Nintendo Switch games revealed as launch looms

Nintendo’s brand new console the Switch is out in just over a month’s time and a host of games have been confirmed for the intriguing machine.

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Macdonald Gisborough Hall Hotel

Travel review: Guisborough, England

Opinion is divided over Brexit – but one thing is for sure – it’s a great way of making sure we stay home and explore the incredible nation that is Great Britain.

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A typical coal-fired frying range

Smell of chips in vinegar-soaked newspaper

Tash Tales with local historian Alf Ridyard...

A bogey racing kart just like the ones we made

Happy days before health and safety

Tash Tales with local historian Alf Ridyard...

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