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Wigan And District Pawnbrokers’ Association Annual Picnic Week

Posted Thursday 4 January 10.45 am 

As it's mid-winter and the news is dominated frequently with the effects of bad weather I thought you might enjoy this true report of a summer event at the Grapes Hotel, Freshfield in July 1907.


The Wigan and District Pawnbrokers' Association second annual picnic week July 1907

The annual picnic was held, the Grapes Hotel, Freshfield, being the rendezvous.

Wakes week charabancs

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Favoured with fine weather, the party, which numbered 57, left Wigan Station for Southport, where Charabancs were waiting to convey them their destination. Arriving at the Grapes Hotel the party betook themselves to various recreations, for be it understood that plan had been made out both for the ladies and the gentlemen, in the shape of bowling matches, which were eagerly contested.

Tea was announced 5.30 pm and after a sumptuous meal, the president (Mr Councillor Ed. Dickinson) presented the prizes to the respective winners. A vote of thanks to the president brought the Freahfield portion of the day's programme to an end.

Charabancs were again mounted, the party arriving back in Southport about 9 pm the day throughout having been fine, although "King Sol" and "Jupiter Pluvious" had held at times a contest for supremacy, which wound up, as usual, a heavy downpour of rain. Wigan was reached shortly before eleven, this concluding a second pleasurable day with members and their friends of the Wigan and District Pawnbrokers’ Association.

Source: Wigan Observer and District Advertiser - Saturday 06 July 1907

I'd like to imagine that in the early stages of winter 1907 all those involved in the event above were longingly turning their minds to summer Wakes weeks activities.  It seems from this report this was the second such picnic event. The first, we must presume, was so successful to justify this one.

One final question springs to my mind. The Charabancs illustrated above are motorised, I wonder whether in the year 1907 they were more likely to be horse-driven.