Artwork showcasing the very best of the town’s local history

Wigan Council planning officer Chris Leather, Coun Myra Whiteside, pupils from Bedford High School, Nick Burdekin from Wigan in Bloom and Stewart McGarrie from Old Leigh Photographs unveiling some new sculptures in Leigh town centre
Wigan Council planning officer Chris Leather, Coun Myra Whiteside, pupils from Bedford High School, Nick Burdekin from Wigan in Bloom and Stewart McGarrie from Old Leigh Photographs unveiling some new sculptures in Leigh town centre

Sculptures showcasing local history and wildlife have been unveiled as part of work to improve Leigh town centre.

Artwork panels have been installed along the central reservation on Market Street, opposite Civic Square, thanks to a joint project led by the town centre management group.

We listened to the local residents of Leigh who told us they wanted the central reservation to be revitalised.

Coun Myra Whiteside

The team worked with pupils from Bedford High School, the In Bloom group at Wigan Council and Stewart McGarrie, who runs the Old Leigh Photographs page on Facebook, to create the seven metal panels celebrating the town’s past and its natural beauty.

The improvements were funded by the local authority as part of a continued investment drive to spruce up Leigh town centre.

The town hall’s In Bloom team got involved as the area, near the town hall and Turnpike Centre, was flagged up as being full of weeds and in need of a revamp.

The central reservation where the panels are placed has also been resurfaced to improve the look of the route into the middle of Leigh.

A wicker structure which previously adorned the spot has also been given a new lease of life and is now in popular green spot Lilford Park.

Leigh town centre management group chairman Coun Myra Whiteside said: “We listened to the local residents of Leigh who told us they wanted the central reservation to be revitalised.”

To suggest an area of land in need of improvement email inbloom@wigan.gov.uk