It’s a Leigh For All

Astley Colliery

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THE community is invited to celebrate Leigh’s rich heritage this weekend.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days, which celebrate England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public, Leigh For All offers its own treats.

Residents can enjoy heritage walks and talks plus tours of St Mary’s Parish Church and Leigh Town Hall between 10am and 3pm on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8.

The Beastly Machines exhibition in the Turnpike Gallery takes place from 10am until 5pm on Friday, and 10.30am until 3.30pm on Saturday, and get involved in The Big Clean - at Wigan Archives in Leigh Town Hall, from 10am until 4pm on both days.

A classic car display takes centre stage on Leigh’s Civic Square on Saturday, September 8, from 11am until 3pm, with music from Golborne Brass Band, street drama from Wigan Community Theatre and a chance to try a Zumba taster session.

Saturday evening rounds off the weekend with Tyldesley Brass Band at the Last Night of the Proms Concert in Pennington Park, from 6.30pm. To get tickets call 01942 828508.

Between Thursday, September 6 and Sunday, September 9 other locations around the borough will also be opening their doors.

These include Lancashire’s last remaining colliery at Astley Green, Astley’s historic Dam House and a number of historic churches and chapels, including Christ Church, in Pennington, and Chowbent Unitarian Chapel, in Atherton.

The events have been co-ordinated by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT).

For more information call 01942 828128.