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Just been listening to Richard Searling's excellent Mecca podcast from a couple of years ago in which he talks about travelling up to Blackpool with Simon Soussan

Interestingly he says 'Simon Soussan made Wigan Casino, sent loads of records over, a lot of them exclusives - created Wigan'

I was only 3 or 4 years old around 1974 so obviously have no first hand knowledge, but struck me as interesting that he was so clear about Soussan's involvement, influence, etc. I always assumed SS was just a record dealer type who got lucky with few home made versions or backing tracks but no more than that 

Was it felt at the time by the general crowd  i.e. you lot that Soussan was pulling a lot of strings at Wigan?

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He didn't create Wigan. He helped discover a lot of new records to play. Wigan was a continuation of the all-nighters that had preceded it, like the Wheel, Torch etc. 

It was a big top notch dance floor within walking distance of a two main line railway station's and very near a motorway. This with a licence to play records on a Saturday, all-night  through till  Sunday morning. That's some of the many things that created Wigan Casino, and also the timing was right for it to happen.

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