Hope you don't mind me replying to your post even though I don't live in England. When I saw that you were from Wigan I just had to say Hi.
Two of my dearest friends here in Australia came from Wigan. When I visited England about four years ago they insisted that I find time to visit Wigan, particularly Wigan Pier. I did so and took lots of photos to show them both but unfortunately Jack became very ill while I was away and passed away soon after, but Phyllis was delighted with the memories. They belonged to a group here in Australia known as the wigan Piers and were all such a friendly, cheerful bunch. Any excuse for a knees-up!
We spent quite a bit of our time in Sale with my FIL so we were lucky enough to see quite a bit of the surrounding countryside near Wigan We will spend more time exploring the area when we come next time. This time we spent a lot of time catching up with rellies.
I hope you get as much pleasure out of life as all the other Wiganers I have had the pleasure of meeting. So nice to catch up with another one.