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Wigan Casino Exhibition At The History Shop Wigan

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Posted orig on soul talk email list by Neil M, passed on as thought maybe of interest

EXHIBITIONS

at The History Shop, Library Street, Wigan. Tel: 01942 828128 Email: heritage@wlct.org

Opening Hours

Monday 10.00am - 7.00pm

Tuesday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm

Admission Free

Wigan Casino: The Heart of Soul

11 October 2004 - 26 February 2005

Don't miss this one! We tell the story of the impressive Empress Ballroom, which once stood on Station Road, from its opening in 1915 to its closure in 1981 and its subsequent destruction by fire. The music and dancing changed through the years, but the 'Emp' (as it was known) will always be remembered for its last reincarnation as the Casino Club, and its role in creating the Northern Soul phenomenon of the 70's and 80's.

The exhibition features paintings by local artist David Barrow, memorabilia, memories and music from the Casino's famous all night dance and music sessions. The unique brand of soul music and innovative dance routines attracted people from all over the country. The Casino, and everything it stood for, is still remembered with affection.

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Is this cultural celebration put on by the same council that closed the place down?

sounds like a wee bit of double standards :thumbsup:

ho hum

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