All that jazz to carry on, says festival boss

The director of one of Wigan’s biggest cultural events has promised it has an exciting future, despite an urgent sponsorship appeal.

How will you eat your pancakes on Tuesday?

12 ways to have pancakes this Shrove Tuesday

Get the lemons, sugar and chocolate sauce in - because pancake day is almost here!
Great Reckoning

Rockers set for Great Reckoning with new EP

Rock fans are set for a Great Reckoning with the latest up-and-coming group on the borough’s music scene to release its debut EP.


Space back in the ‘Neighbourhood’

An alternative pop-rock group which has sold more than two million albums will reach a new frontier when it returns to Wigan tonight.

Morning duties clearing the ice from HMS Uylsses after the Arctic storms

Towns raise £500,000 for warship

Tash Tales with Alf Ridyard...

Geoffrey Shryhane

When cigarettes saved your life...

Geoffrey Shryhane’s memories and musings...

Christopher Eccleston, who is the new patron of Leigh Film and the Leigh Short Film Festival

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.

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