Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in Greater Manchester, North West, United Kingdom

Wigan is a small town and has beenn compared with Bolton and Leigh (but Leigh is bigger and better in almost every way). The council has wanted Wigan to become a city – that has to be a complete joke! Wigan has a huge alcohol problem which is pathological; that is all that young men and women talk about, and the women are often foul mouthed. The men age quicker than their fathers did, are probably not in work, and listen to racist and homophobic music. To Wiganers, there is no outside world; Wigan is everything to them. If they are not talking about fighting (pugilism is a rite of passage in Wigan) then they are talking about “Latics” or Wigan rugby team.

Their vocabulary is very base, as is their accent – even Wiganers do not like it! The town has a bit of a thing for the military as well. Workers never smile and have terrible manners. Many do not even look you in the eye, say thanks or goodbye. People who go about shopping look very unhappy, especially the mature adults. The pub is the spiritual home of all intoxication for Wiganers; even Christianity cannot compete with this god of pint and pie. The pint is almost the object of worship and like any food, the pie fills the spiritual void that the average Wiganer suffers for eternity.

The average Wiganer has typical facial characteristics and many Wiganers are overweight, especially the women. Young females seem to want to emulate Amy Winehouse and wear black leather jackets and leggings – a fashion faux pas! Health-wise, Wiganers take no pride in their health or appearance – the unkept beard is a symbol of decadence. Do Wiganers ever brush their teeth – that’s one of George Orwell to answer!

Wiganers enjoy their sunbeds, not for its health benefits, to account for the lack of sunlight. Again, their penchant for alcoholic excess and pie excess is pathological. Wiganers are not well educated and have probably never read or heard of Nietzsche or any great thinker – again, the intellectual pursuit of a typical Wiganer ranges from the very necessities of life: food and drink. Knowledge and deep thought is as far removed from the Wiganer as the Earth is to the sun.

Wiganers take their place in the very lower orders of social status, rude, obnoxious, pugilistic, and uneducated would typify the average Wiganer. They are certainly a taciturn folk who do not understand that there is a world outside of Wigan, and that this world is very colourful. Anyone who does not fit the Wiganer type is treat with utmost suspicion, and if you happen to come in from Wigan outside (i.e., St Helens), you are automatically an apostate to the Wigan rugby team. Wiganers are intolerant people overall as is proved by the fact that Wigan has no gay scene and probably never will. Wigan is stuck in the past, its people are idiosyncratic and yet strangely belong to the Victorian past. Even the most basic tech device appears to them to be a new of kind of science.

  • Melanie Heyes

    Obviously written by a bitter leighfer . Wigan is lovely compared to a lot of places in greater manchester . I went to Leigh a few weeks ago and tbh it looked like a scene from the walking dead. Plenty people about looks as though the whole of the welfare system is being spent in Leigh good to know we’re our hard earned cash is going . Btw I’m from Wigan I’m educated and take pride in my appearance all spent from money I have worked hard for . Take pride in Wigan and be proud of our lovely town. The person who wrote this is more than likely a stupid kid who knows nothing about anything.

  • Leanne Glascott

    I am from Wigan, this article does not insult me. Why? it has clearly been written by an individual with an IQ of approximately 4. So many errors, so little time. Off to take my rude, obnoxious, ill educated self to the pub. ( to watch the latics of course. ;P)

    • Gareth Jones

      Cause he/she is a tit!

  • bpfh

    Might actually be more persuasive if you hadn’t tried to impress with
    being sesquipedalian in an effort to show that you are more

    Oh, and being able to spell check would be another good sign. Thart a gurt clot.

  • Jordan Oakley

    This is horrible, prejudiced, and has stigma wrote all over it. Whoever wrote this is clearly narcissistic, as they have a high opinion of themselves, including their own upbringing, their own manners and their own intelligence. Clearly the writer was never taught that “true wisdom is knowing what you don’t know” – Confucius.

    Shame on whoever wrote this, Wigan is a poor town, and if you (whoever you are) were as intelligent as you think you are, you would know that statistically, with poverty, education can become difficult, for instance education on health. Not to mention the cost of healthy food, e.g Pound Bakery- two pasties for £1 or M&S- salad for £3.50. With poverty comes stresses that the writer clearly, and luckily has no awareness of. People who feel they need the relief of beer after work, or feel getting drunk at the weekend is the highlight of the week, need your understanding, not your judgement.
    As for “Wiganers take their place in the very lower orders of social status, rude, obnoxious, pugilistic, and uneducated would typify the average Wiganer” (by the way, this isn’t a good sentence, it should have been two sentences… I know from my English Literature EDUCATION). I’m from Wigan and I genuinely don’t know where you’re coming from. I live in Sheffield now, and have visited London and Edinburgh often, and I can assure you, there are just as many kind and rude people in Sheffield, London and Edinburgh, as there are in Wigan.

    If you ever find yourself in Wigan again why don’t you try visiting the museum, The Three Sisters, Rivington, Haigh Hall, Wigan Park, Wigan Pier, go to a northern soul night, visit the parish church, watch a live band at Wigan Central or The Raven, watch battle of the bands at The Old Courts (which historically is beautiful and interesting, you can ask for a tour when there), visit Book-Cycle, it’s an amazing charity based in Beech Hill and Orrell, for food I recommend The Coven, it’s a gorgeous little restaurant and cafe, for a drink I recommend Symposium and Docherty’s, visit Greenslate Community Farm, … I could go on and on.
    Wherever you went in Wigan, clearly says a lot about your interests and culture, so don’t blame anyone but yourself for that.

  • Tom

    Hey what’s your problem with mawdesley? It’s a nice place to grow up!

  • gill skellon

    I am from wigan and i can honestly say the person who wrote this slander is so so wrong. Maybe we do have a few faults like everywhere else these days but if this person would of taken the time to take a closer look at how our communities work they would find a very close knit community that work togeher during times that are needed. My husband works long hours to provide for his family. So i would likectoctell this good for nothing utter rubbish speaking person to give jtheir head a wobble and jog on as there are good and bad every where.

  • Calvinio1234

    Dear anonymous writer,
    If you’re going to mock a town for it’s inherent stupidity and “base language”, at least make sure what you’re writing is gramatically correct.
    “Wigan, the locals take no pride in their health or appearance” – You mean “Wigan, where the locals take no pride”
    “beenn” – I can only hope you meant to write “Been”
    “that’s one of George Orwell to answer!” – It’s not, but it IS “one FOR George Orwell to answer”
    “is treat with” – Clearly “is treated with”
    Please refrain from breeding and do the world a favour.
    One of the apparent idiots from Wigan.
    P.S. Unless bands like The Beatles, Queen, Foo Fighters, etc are classed as “racist and homophobic music”, I think you need to actually take a look around the place before you judge.

  • Michael Campbell

    Funny how it is written by Anonymous.More than likely someone with an axe to grind.Could it be written by a moron because the likelihood is most certainly possible. How on earth this page as been allowed on Facebook is simply mind blowing.Get a life please.

  • Billy Big Bollocks

    Obviously written by a Leither just after Wigan RLFC beat the crap out of em! 🙂

  • Louise Charlton

    Pathetic the writer of this, they are very wrong in most of what they say, would like to find out where they are from. Idiot

  • mawdesleytractor

    Wigan is a pretty typical post-industrial northern town. It’s probably one of the better ones. Just visit Preston for proof.

    If you really want your spirits crushed, try a visit to the bleak, featureless, lifeless dormitory enclave of Mawdesley in Lancashire. Within seconds of staring at a flat, featureless, stinking cabbage field stretching in to eternity, under a permanently grey sky, being scowled at by inbred far right wing snobs in Range Rovers will have you rushing back to Wigan!