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Mon 30  Apr 2018
Dhani’s Londis Store at 61, Chorley Old Road by Rockvilla Road, Whittle-le-Woods closes today for the last time.
After 31 years of constant service to Whittle-le-Woods and the surrounding community Dhani and Bhagya are about start their well-earned retirement.
Councillor Eric Bell visited for one last time to wish the couple well.

Dhani’s Londis Store

Bhagya, Dhani & Eric Bell

Emptying the shelves. I believe thes hop area will be converted to a living room.
Sun 29  Apr 2018
Digitising some old 35mm slides. This is Chorley Sub-Aqua Club entering a float in the Chorley Carnival 11th Aug 1973.

25 Dec 1972 with lights still working

This evening 29 Apr 2018
Pedestrian M61 underpass at the River Lostock, Whittle-le-Woods. The lights have been out for decades. The first photo was taken from a 35mm transparency.
Fri 27  Apr 2018
A morning visit to the Book - Cycle store at Beech Hill, Buckley Street West, Wigan, WN6 7PQ

Comfy interior for browsing books. You can take up to 3 per day and pay what you think they are worth.

Evening walked to the Seaview for the Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society Annual Dinner and celebration for the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Society.

Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society

The Seaview, Whittle-le-Woods.
Thu 26  Apr 2018

Trig post on Thieveley Pike 

War Memorial on Deerplay Moor above Bacup 
Wed 25  Apr 2018
Arrived in Edinburgh then home on the train

New houses on the redeveloped site of the Scott's Porage Oats Mill

Railway tunnel near the site of the old Colinton Railway Station

Caddies and Witchery Tours, Edinburgh

William McGonagall

William Burke's skin calling card case on view in Caddies and Witchery Tours shop

Burke's execution 28 Jan 1829

The same scene today

One million pounds on view in museum under the Bank of Scotland
Tue 24  Apr 2018
Todays ride was mostly on the cycle trail by the railway. This artwork was near Blackridge west of Bathgate
Mon 23  Apr 2018
Back in Scotland for a bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Rain at Glasgow Central Railway Station

Glenboig on the line of the old railway

Glenboig Industry long gone. The railway is at the bottom

Tram at the amazing Summerlee Myseum of Scottish Industrial Life

Coatbridge steel figures 

The drained canal basin in Coatbridge
Sat 21  Apr 2018
A lovely sunny day so went for an evening walk along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and took a glass and some home brewed beer to enjoy a short drink
Fri 20  Apr 2018
Later in morning went for cycle ride via Standish to Book Cycle shop at Orrell to check about giving some of my books. Then to Book Cycle shop Beech Hill Buckley St Wigan WN6 7PQ then home via Coppull.

Crossing the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Book Cycle Buckley St. Wigan
Wed 18  Apr 2018

I needed to return home today so went for a 15.7km low level walk up and down Glen Tilt neat Blair Atholl. I went up the west side to  Gaw's Bridge near Marble Lodge then back the other side.

Gaw's Bridge
Tue 17  Apr 2018
Drove to Falkirk Rail Station car park £1.80 for day. Caught the 07:36 train to Edinburgh. Passed The Elephant House café which is where J K Rowling is supposed to have started writing Harry Potter. Walked to Chambers St to check location of National Museum of Scotland but was too early for it being open. Then to Surgeon’s Hall Museum to check location as it still isn’t open.
On the train Falkirk to Edinburgh

The Elephant House cafe

The Elephant House cafe interior

Pocket book made from Burke's skin

Death mask of William Burke

Then walked to Teviot Place to Anatomical Museum to check location. Was able to walk into building but the museum is only open last Sat of the month. Walked back to Surgeons Hall museum to wait for 10am opening and paid £4 concession admittance. Had a look at William Burke stuff, death ask and note book made from his skin. Walked to National Museum for a look around. Then back to Waverley Rail station to catch train back to Falkirk.

Skull of John Brogan 1834, thought to be an accomplice of Burke and Hare

The National Museum of Scotland needs at least a day to do it justice.

National Museum of Scotland

Then drove via A9 to Drumochter Pass summit and parked by railway level crossing. Went for walk up Meall na Leitreach under cloudy skies. The last time I tried over a month ago I couldn’t get up because of snow. Very wet underfoot today and very heavy rain on the way down. Got soaked and only lightweight waterproofs.

Above Drumochter

Above Drumochter
Mon 16  Apr 2018
Drove Falkirk then parked car and walked to Callendar House for a look around. Donation for entry. Drove to nearby Glen Village and left car by park then walked down to Union Canal towpath and walked through Falkirk Tunnel with camera to take a few photos. At other (north) end followed footpath over top and back to car
Callendar House

Callendar House is a mansion set within the grounds of Callendar Park in Falkirk, central Scotland. During the 19th century, it was redesigned and extended in the style of a French Renaissance château fused with elements of Scottish baronial architecture. However, the core of the building is a 14th-century tower house.

Callendar House

Falkirk Union Canal Tunnel portal

Falkirk Union Canal

Falkirk Union Canal Tunnel. Built 1818-22, designer Hugh Baird. The 600m long rock-cut tunnel takes the Union Canal through a ridge west of Callendar Park.
Sun 15  Apr 2018
Today was the 4th Chorley Grand Prix Cycle Race held over 5 laps of a mixed terrain course to complete 116miles taking in some gruelling climbs between Rivington and Belmont. A spell of torrential rain in Brinscall didn’t deter the riders or the hardy spectators. I enjoyed riding to various locations on my bike to take photos of the riders and spectators. I’ve posted more photos that usual as I thought people may be interested in aspects of the race other than the riders. Hillside Methodist Church in Brinscall is a favourite viewing spot for many as tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes are available for spectators.
After an early breakaway the leaders varied throughout the race and on the final lap the splits in the groups increased. The Polish rider Karol Domagalski was the winner with a lead of 2min 24sec over Jonathan McEvoy who was second. Nine more riders finished before the peloton arrived over 9mins down.
152 riders started and 58 finished
The 116 miles was completed in 4hr 32min 06sec.

Park Rd bike

Chorley's Mayor Cllr Mark Perks talks to Jamie Carson, who devised the Chorley Grand Prix Cycle race over 4 years ago.

First winner, the junior race along Park Road.

Lap one descending Buckholes Brow into Bett Lane Wheelton

Passing Hillside Methodist Church

Hillside Methodist Church

Karol Domagalski crossing the line

Team Wiggins

Karol Domagalski, the winner being interviewed
Today was the 4th Chorley Grand Prix Cycle Race held over 5 laps of a mixed terrain course to complete 116miles taking in some gruelling climbs between Rivington and Belmont. A spell of torrential rain in Brinscall d1 30 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling 4:32:06
2 25 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis +2:24
3 23 Richard Handley Madison Genesis +3:26
4 35 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling st
5 99 Steve Lampier Saint Piran +3:29
6 6 Max Steadman Canyon Eisberg +3:35
7 28 Connor Swift Madison Genesis +4:34
8 34 Szymon Tracz One Pro Cycling +5:10
9 24 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +6:00
10 17 Edmund Bradbury JLT Condor+6:22
11 38 Thomas Pidcock Team Wiggins +7:33
12 22 Michael Cuming Madison Genesis +9:16
13 36 Gabriel Cullaigh Team Wiggins +9:38
14 49 Grant Martin Vitus Pro Cycling st
15 3 Matthew Nowell Canyon Eisberg st

No. of Starters: 152
Average Race Speed: 41.25km/h
No. of Finishers: 58
Sat 14  Apr 2018
This morning caught the bus to Chorley then 362 bus to Wigan. I was a bit early so wandered around then to Southside Gardens off Library Street where at 12 noon gathering due to unveil the Wigan Spanish Civil War memorial to the 12 Wigan people who fought Fascism in Spain 1936-39. Lisa Croft of the International Brigade Memorial Trust was there. I then walked down to the Museum of Wigan Life for a look round then back to the memorial for the unveiling. Afterwards back to the Museum of Wigan Life for events and buffet.
Lisa Croft

Wigan Spanish Civil War

Tommy Degnan


Clarion Choir

In the Museum of Wigan Life

In the Museum of Wigan Life
Thu 12  Apr 2018

This afternoon I was at Chorley Little Theatre for their film showing at 1:30pm.
The film was Safety Last! a 1923 American silent romantic comedy film starring Harold Lloyd (1893-1971).
The film includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era showing Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from a skyscraper above moving traffic.
We tend to see these old movies on our TV screens but this was projected on the large cinema screen in astonishing quality.
A huge thanks to all the volunteers who keep this amazing venue going. It really is one of Chorley’s gems.

Harold Lloyd (1893 - 1971)
Tue 10  Apr 2018

This morning I called to see an old friend and colleague from many years ago. Harry Scambler used to run the Withnell Waterworks before it was taken over by Preston & District Water Board in around 1972. We worked together on many projects.

Harry Scambler
This evening at Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society meeting which is the last before the Society is 100 years old on Fri 27th Apr 2018. The meeting was treated to a special 100th Birthday Cake made by a member of the St Laurence’s Group. The event will coincide with the Society’s Annual Dinner at the Seaview.
Mon 09  Apr 2018
At 1pm attended the funeral of Rita Platt (21 Sep 1936 – 22 Mar 2018) at St John’s Church, Hewlett St., Coppull. Rita was one of the founding members of the Family History Group. The Cremation was held at Charnock Richard Crematorium. Her knowledge and ability to find thing out was astonishing. She was a great help to me with some of my projects. A moving poem
‘If Tomorrow Starts Without Me’ by David Romano was read out at the cremation. The last 2 lines read:
So when tomorrow starts without me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.


St John's Church for the service
Wed 04  Apr 2018
Out for a bike ride and passed the old Pumping Station building on Railway Road, Brinscall. In 2011 it was extended and converted to offices for X & P Contractors.

The offices today 

Sep 2009 from Google streetview
Tue 03  Apr 2018

While in Chorley called at the Gala Bingo building opposite the Town Hall. It used to be the Odeon Cinema. In the foyer was a picture of the building before being converted.

The old Odeon Building 
Mon 02  Apr 2018

Walking home from Chorley called to photograph the Community Garden on Preston St., Chorley
Sun 01  Apr 2018
An afternoon walk from Brinscall and through the woods to Great Hill.

The site of Heather Lea
Sun 01 Apr 2018

Heather Lea, probably late 1920s
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