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Leigh artist uncovering lost art of clog fighting
11:30am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
AN artist is delving into the borough’s history to try to rediscover a forgotten sport.
Anna FC Smith, originally from Leigh, is trying to find out about an old illegal sport and gambling activity that was once all the rage in the alleyways and dark corners of Wigan and Leigh.
Popular with miners, purring (pronounced porrin’ in Wigan or parrin’ in Leigh) or clog fighting fell out of favour in the late 1930s and has little presence in local history books until Anna decided to base an exhibition on it.
She said: “My friend actually told me about it because his dad was a miner and had told him about this weird Wigan practice that involved shin kicking.
“So I started to look into this illegal activity that was played in the alleyways. I could only find two paragraphs in a local book. Apparently there was a death because of it behind the Millstone in Wigan were I now live.
“It is all oral history which is amusing because some people tell me stories that confirm what I thought, while others completely contradict each other.”
Anna wants to record interviews with people who have either been told stories about purring, or experienced it for themselves. If anyone does not want to be recorded they can email her their stories.
She will then exhibit the soundbites alongside interpreted paintings and a film at Wigan Life Museum on January 17.
She said: “I wanted to put on a live demonstration but I can’t find anyone willing to put on clogs and kick each others shins. I have asked a few friends but they all like their legs too much!”
Email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07936 464820.
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