A trip down memory lane: David Hodgkinson

5:39pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

FORMER Journal sports and entertainment editor David Hodgkinson, who deputised for editor Malcolm Ryding, recalls the day the lobby gobblers of Leigh decided to send Wigan’s pie eaters to Coventry!

A trip down memory lane: Malcolm Ryding

5:38pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Malcolm Ryding looks back on his 21 years in the editor’s chair at the Journal:

A trip down memory lane: Colin Lyne

Leigh Journal: Colin Lyne

5:37pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Journal photographer Colin Lyne is now retired and living with his wife Irene in North Yorkshire. He was a familiar figure at events, covering everything from the Bent and Bongs Beer Bash to the closure of the last Leigh pits in 1992.

A trip down memory lane: Mike Hulme

Leigh Journal: Mike Hulme

5:36pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Former editor and Leigh RLFC match reporter Mike Hulme recalls his time with the Journal:

A trip down memory lane: Brenda Catherall

Leigh Journal: Brenda Catherall

5:35pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

FORMER reporter, now church minister at Chowbent Chapel, Atherton, Brenda Catherall recalls her time at the Journal:

A trip down memory lane: Gordon Sharrock

5:33pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Gordon Sharrock, deputy head of sport at the Bolton News, started work as a Journal reporter 44 years ago:

A trip down memory lane: Peter Mensforth

5:32pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

EX-JOURNAL reporter and later Bolton Evening News sports editor Peter Mensforth was the only Journal reporter to have covered the story of a home town Wembley win and remembers the day The Beatles came to town:

Our favourite stories

Leigh Journal: Tom Alcock

9:02am Friday 30th May 2014

THREE-year-old Thomas Alcock suffers from cerebral palsy and his mum contacted us when she heard about a pioneering operation in America that could help him walk without help of a frame for the first time – but they needed £50,000 to pay for it.

When Hayley met David

Leigh Journal: Hayley Smith with Prime Minister David Cameron

9:01am Friday 30th May 2014

LOCAL newspapers are the voice of the people.

The age of the internet and social media

Leigh Journal: Editor Hayley Smith

8:59am Friday 30th May 2014

LAST year proved to be a record-breaking year for the Leigh Journal’s website, which saw traffic increase by almost 200 per cent.

A look back in time: 1994

5:32pm Thursday 29th May 2014

LEIGH’S biggest public inquiry was the front page story on the Journal 20 years ago.

A look back in time: 1984

5:31pm Thursday 29th May 2014

RATES and council cuts made headline news on January 26, 1984.

A look back in time: 1977

Leigh Journal: Her Majesty the Queen greets the crowds in Leigh

5:30pm Thursday 29th May 2014

WHEN the Queen stopped off in Leigh during the Silver Jubilee celebrations marking her 25 years as monarch, some of those in the crowd who greeted her were not amused.

A look back in time: 1971/1982

Leigh Journal: Alex Murphy raises the Rugby League Challenge Cup

5:26pm Thursday 29th May 2014

CUP king Alex Murphy raises the Rugby League Challenge Cup high on the Leigh Town Hall balcony during victory celebrations following Leigh’s resounding Wembley win over Leeds in May 1971.

A look back in time: 1971

Leigh Journal: Ken Dodd visits Leigh

5:23pm Thursday 29th May 2014

MORE than 30 years before he was made an honorary Leyther by the then Mayor of Wigan Clr Brian Jarvis, Liverpool’s favourite funnyman Ken Dodd was already famous in Leigh.

A look back in time: 1960s

Leigh Journal: The rescue in Howe Bridge

5:22pm Thursday 29th May 2014

FIREMEN, police and a vet were on hand and not afraid to get their hands dirty in this 1960s picture taken at Howe Bridge.

A look back in time: 1954

Leigh Journal: James Hilton

5:19pm Thursday 29th May 2014

NOVELIST and scriptwriter James Hilton, a Cambridge University graduate who was born in Wilkinson Street in Leigh town centre, died in December, in Long Beach, California.

A look back in time: 1954

Leigh Journal: The Duke of Edinburgh visits Mosley Common Colliery

5:17pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A YOUNG, smiling Duke of Edinburgh is captured on film by a Journal photographer as he meets somewhat grimier pitmen during his visit to Mosley Common Colliery in April 1952.

A look back in time: 1945

5:15pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A LEIGH soldier could claim to rival the great escapologist Harry Houdini.

A look back in time: 1944

Leigh Journal: Photographs were printed of servicemen who had been wounded, taken prisoner or reported missing or killed

5:13pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A LEIGH soldier could claim to rival the great escapologist Harry Houdini.

A look back in time: 1941

5:11pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE drone of heavily-laden Luftwaffe bombers circling overhead became a familiar and terrifying sound for Lancashire people during the first part of the Second World War.

A look back in time: 1934

5:10pm Thursday 29th May 2014

Cinemagoers had a wide choice of entertainment with nine cinemas advertising their latest films.

A look back in time: 1914

Leigh Journal: Crowds line King Street in Leigh town centre as captured German prisoners of war are escorted towards the canal bridge heading for a camp at Lilford Weaving shed

5:08pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE First World War of 1914-18, alias ‘The Great War’ and ‘The war to end all wars’, took a heavy toll of life from people in Leigh, Tyldesley and Atherton, both at home and away.

A look back in time: 1910

Leigh Journal: A rescue team from Maypole Colliery, Abram at the Pretoria

5:06pm Thursday 29th May 2014

DECEMBER 21, 1910 has gone down in history as one of the blackest days in mining history.

A look back in time: 1905

5:05pm Thursday 29th May 2014

ISSUES of the Journal can be found in the most unlikely places.

A look back in time: 1904

5:04pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE famous Colonel Cody – alias ‘Buffalo Bill’ – brought his circus to Leigh on October 3, 1904.

A look back in time: 1884

5:04pm Thursday 29th May 2014

IN January 1884, police were called in from other districts at a cost of £30 to provide protection for an ‘escaped’ nun who was speaking at Tyldesley Top Chapel.

A look back in time: 1874

Leigh Journal: Leigh Journal celebrates 140th birthday

5:02pm Thursday 29th May 2014

LIKE its contemporary publications the first edition of the Leigh Journal, which hit the streets on Saturday, January 31, 1874, had a sober front page – full of adverts.

A look back in time: 1874

Leigh Journal: The Leigh Journal office on Railway Road

4:58pm Thursday 29th May 2014

SINCE it first appeared on Saturday, January 31, 1874 the Leigh Journal has played an important part in the development of the district.

A look back in time: 1870

Leigh Journal: Letters sent to WF Tillotson from Wilkie Collins and to WF Tillotson from Thomas Hardy

4:56pm Thursday 29th May 2014

TILLOTSON’S Fiction Bureau was created in the 1870s when the Leigh Journal’s creator, WF Tillotson, wrote letters to authors inviting them to syndicate their stories in newspapers.

Schoolchildren get creative to make birthday cards

Leigh Journal: Year two Westleigh St Paul’s pupils Aurora Todd, Leah Stephenson, Brooke Wright, Gary Dawber and Deacan Hayes

4:49pm Thursday 29th May 2014

PAINT, crayons and glitter were at the ready as schoolchildren got involved in the Leigh Journal birthday celebrations.

Birthday wishes: 'We hope you can continue for many years to come'

Leigh Journal: Leigh Journal celebrates 140th birthday

4:15pm Thursday 29th May 2014

ATHERTON WI would like to congratulate the Leigh Journal on your 140th birthday.

Birthday wishes: Journal 'has been good to me'

Leigh Journal: Tommy Sale

4:23pm Thursday 29th May 2014

AT the age of 95 Tommy Sale looks forward to the sound of the Journal dropping through his letterbox.

Birthday wishes: 'Few things in life last 140 years'

Leigh Journal: Lord Peter Smith

4:13pm Thursday 29th May 2014

WIGAN Council Leader Lord Peter Smith looks forward to the arrival of his home town weekly paper.

Birthday wishes: 'Journal has kept the public informed about the things that matter'

Leigh Journal: Directors Chris Travers

4:10pm Thursday 29th May 2014

I AM delighted to add my congratulations to the Leigh Journal on its 140th birthday.

Birthday wishes: Journal 'champions the town'

Leigh Journal: Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall

4:11pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE Journal is just ‘champion’ according to Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall.

Birthday wishes: 'An asset to the people of Leigh'

Leigh Journal: Commitment matters - Leigh MP Andy Burnham

4:07pm Thursday 29th May 2014

LEIGH MP Andy Burnham praised the Journal for its value and staying power.

Our very own cake to celebrate

Leigh Journal: Golborne Village Committee members Josh Taylor, Joyce Smith and Clr Yvonne Klieve with Barbara Taylor

4:02pm Thursday 29th May 2014

BAKER Barbara Taylor from Golborne offered to make the Journal a cake to celebrate its 140th birthday.

Birthday wishes: Journal ‘a great institution’

Leigh Journal: Centurions chief executive Trevor Barton is moving into a new role, taking the helm of the community foundatiion

4:05pm Thursday 29th May 2014

COMMUNITY champion Trevor Barton described the Journal as ‘a great institution’.

Leigh Journal still going strong 140 years on

5:17pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

BORN 1874 – and still going strong.

Get involved in Journal birthday celebrations

Leigh Journal: Woolston and District WI  celebrated their 70th birthday.

6:10am Monday 23rd December 2013

TO celebrate the Leigh Journal’s 140th birthday, we want your children to design a birthday card for us.




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