Leigh The Way We Were

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A new DVD takes fascinating look back at life in Leigh and the townships, including Tyldesley, Atherton and Astley.
It takes us back to the days when Leigh was known for little more than its cheese, follows its transformation into a major cotton producing and coal mining centre, charts the decline of its industries, and uncovers their rather surprising legacy. It also shows the hardships faced by the region’s workers in their everyday lives. This is from the Leigh Journal and is one of many similar incidents it has covered over the years.
An explosion of a disastrous type took place this morning at the Wood End Colliery in Bedford .The first rescue party came upon the badly mutilated bodies of two lads, named William Heaton, 15, and John Hilton, 16. A painful incident connected with the recovery of these corpses is that the fathers of both boys were among the rescuers.

This entertaining journey through time is produced exclusively for the Leigh Journal and is narrated by award winning actor, Howard Ellison. The running time is approximately 50 minutes.

To see excerpts from this and a selection of our DVDs go to our Film Archive section.

SPECIAL OFFER
Included with ‘Leigh The Way We Were’ is a free bonus feature ‘The Way We Were in the 1950s’, which takes a nostalgic look back at life in 1950s Britain.

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A new DVD takes fascinating look back at life in Leigh and the townships, including Tyldesley, Atherton and Astley.
It takes us back to the days when Leigh was known for little more than its cheese, follows its transformation into a major cotton producing and coal mining centre, charts the decline of its industries, and uncovers their rather surprising legacy. It also shows the hardships faced by the region’s workers in their everyday lives. This is from the Leigh Journal and is one of many similar incidents it has covered over the years.
An explosion of a disastrous type took place this morning at the Wood End Colliery in Bedford .The first rescue party came upon the badly mutilated bodies of two lads, named William Heaton, 15, and John Hilton, 16. A painful incident connected with the recovery of these corpses is that the fathers of both boys were among the rescuers.
In 1899, the townships were merged into a single municipal borough which took the name, Leigh, although, as the DVD shows, the townships are still proud of their individual identities.
World War 1 brought some unusual visitors. This is from the Journal in February 1915.
The news that ‘the Germans are here’ spread like wildfire, and men, women and children rushed from various parts to get a glimpse of the prisoners. The novelty of the spectacle appealed to the residents and it was generally conceded that the sight was worth the trouble of going into the centre of the town to see.
The war also produced the district’s very own hero, and the DVD relates the courageous, but ultimately tragic tale of Victoria Cross winner, Alfred Wilkinson.
We also discover how Leigh made railway history; why the appearance of the first Mayor of Leigh was so disappointing; why the post-boy once struck terror into the hearts of local women; and how the antics of the residents of Atherton gained national notoriety.
This entertaining journey through time is produced exclusively for the Leigh Journal and is narrated by award winning actor, Howard Ellison. The running time is approximately 50 minutes.

To see excerpts from a selection of our DVDs go to our Film Archive section.

SPECIAL OFFER
Included with ‘Leigh The Way We Were’ is a free bonus feature ‘The Way We Were in the 1950s’, which takes a nostalgic look back at life in 1950s Britain.

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