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Calendar Girls photographer: We’re going to need bigger buns

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane reminisces with the original Calendar Girls...

Opinion
Bickershaw Festival was so muddy it was more reminiscent of the Somme

When snazzy clothing and big haircuts were all the rage in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard in his column Tash Tales has a cringe when he takes a look back at fashion from yesteryear...

Lifestyle
Are you old enough to have had a basin cut during your youth?

When basin cuts were all the rage in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks at the history of haircuts in Leigh in his weekly column, Tash Tales...

Opinion
This photograph illustrates the popularity of table tennis in 1948

Sport gave post-war life in Leigh a much-needed boost

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks at how the Leigh community bounced back after World War Two...

Lifestyle
Chicago White Sox vs New York Giants in 1924 at Goodison Park

Baseball’s links with rugby league around Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look at an American sport's surprising connections with local RL and football teams...

Lifestyle
Jim Cunliffe heads for another win at the Red Lion in a 1950s panel match

When bowling was sport of champions in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at the sport of bowels in his column, Tash Tales...

Lifestyle
Frank Castle in full flow

RL players who played for Leigh just once but left their mark

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look at some Leigh players who played for the club just once...

Lifestyle
Hoppy Hour columnist Andrew Nowell

Pub of the Year title is deserving accolade for a pub near Wigan

Our beer expert, Andrew Nowell, visits the best pub in the land and delivers his verdict...

Opinion
Running with a friend can help keep you motivated

Motivational methods to keep going and achieve your fitness goals

Our fitness expert, The Colonel, gives some tips to help keep you motivated...

News
The old Ashton Baths

Mine workings killed off new baths in Ashton

Our columnist, Geoffrey Shryhane, looks back in time at a swimming pool's untimely demise in his weekly column, My World...

Lifestyle
Beer expert Andrew Nowell discusses the explosion of creativity in the drinks market

Are multiplying beer types helping or hindering ale?

Our beer expert, Andrew Nowell, examines the plentiful categories of drinks available today in his weekly column, Hoppy Hour...
Opinion
Women took over the buildings sites locally

Heroines of the Great War kept our county going

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look back at the heroines of World War One in his weekly column, Tash Tales...

Lifestyle
Swinging on the bar of a gas lamppost without a rope

Memories of gas-powered lampposts in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look at the memories associated with the old gas lamps in his weekly column, Tash Tales...

Lifestyle
Suited and booted for a day trip

Looking back at Leigh shops from yesteryear

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look at where we spending our money in the days before supermarkets and online shopping...
Opinion
West Leigh and Bedford railway station

There was a time when Leigh actually had railway stations

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at the history of the railways in Leigh..

Lifestyle
Haydock Park station  on raceday in 1905

Haydock was more than just a racecourse in years gone by

Local historian Alf Ridyard explores the history of Haydock Racecourse in his weekly column, Tash Tales.
Lifestyle
Social clubs were thriving in the 50s and 60s

Social clubs were the place to be in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard in his regular Tash Tales this week looks back at the social glue that kept communities together in the 50s and 60s...

Lifestyle
A 1920s sports day with the Ena mill in the background

Atherton sports ground helped launch England careers

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look back at an iconic football ground for yesteryear in his Tash Tales...
Lifestyle
Trains had to be dug out of snowdrifts in 1947

When Leigh shivered in the grip of a three-month snowstorm

Local historian Alf Ridyard in his weekly column Tash Tales takes a look back a time when winters really were winter!

Lifestyle
Sgt Reuben Davies DCM

Leigh heroes from the Great War

Our local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at some war heroes from yesteryear...

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