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the man that lived in wigan toilets


Derek Pearson
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text below copied from 'All Our Yesterdays' thread

The Man That Lived In Wigan Toilets

Some say he never existed.

Some say they'd only seen a fleeting glance of him, swimming off into the distance....

What did he actually do all night?

Did anybody ever see him outside the confines of the toilet?

Where did he get his hair cut?

Several months ago a thread started with a question about this poor chat that was always spotted loitering about the toilets in Wigan.
Was he mythical, was he just an all-nighter myth, an urban legend of sorts?

I had only ever seen him in the downstairs toilet to the left of the stage. Did his duties require him to patrol all the toilets?

I never joined in with the original thread. I kept quiet. I had a guilty secret.

I knew somewhere deep within my files, boxes and folders there was photographic evidence of that man - the man they say lived in Wigan toilets.

Legal Disclaimer:
But let me make this clear, despite what many people may say, I'm not in the habit of going around taking pictures of old blokes in toilets.

It was not I that took the photo (honest guv).

T'was a friend of mine who shall remain nameless that pressed the shutter on that fateful night.

Out of curiosity I once did ask Big Mick why he'd taken that particular shot and his reply made me smile, "Nobody ever took a picture of him".

Some viewers may find the image distasteful as it contains elements of toilet debris, filth and evidence of highly unsanitary conditions.

Expected and standard conditions of most club toilets then and now eh?

derek x


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Crikey!

Not thought about this bloke for 30 years yet I recognised him immediately. Never heard him say a word! :ohmy:

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Guest chris shaw

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Oh my God, a real blast from the past. He nearly always had a matchstick in his mouth as i remember? Why on earth would you take his photo!

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Guest chris shaw

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Oh my God, a real blast from the past. He nearly always had a matchstick in his mouth as i remember? Why on earth would you take his photo!

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Always had that hankerchief sticking out his pocket too .........Funny thing is the bogs arent how I remember them at all , if thats the door to the main room I had it in my mind that the troughs were on the opposite wall next to the cubicles.........funny how time plays tricks on your mind

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Alright Derek ?
this is the best memory jerk I've had in years ! - is it yr dad ?
8-)
Denny

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We used to call him the mummy,slip him 50p and he would let you in that door to the left of the stage(facing) away from prying eyes to do whatever

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Had a good chat with him one Friday night (Wheel & Torch night) if I remember. He used to be in the merchant navy and spent most of his life sailing the oceans of the world. He spoke of the places he had visited and it was good to know a bit about the man behind the face. Fantastic memories of a special time.

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