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Wigan's Royal Court Theatre to be restored

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There hasn't been a big theatre in Wigan for years, not one capable of staging touring shows and productions.

But that looks set to change.

Because renovation work is underway on the town's Royal Court Theatre, which until recently was run as a nightclub.

Tim Scott reports:

Hospital staff in protest over job changes

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Non clinical staff at Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh Foundation Trust are protesting today following plans to move their jobs to another company.

Employees working in catering, cleaning and portering walked out yesterday against the proposals. Staff are determined to prevent the Trust from moving them to a new private company called WWL Solutions. The union UNISON say staff want to remain direct employees of the Trust and the NHS, and they fear that the changes would put their jobs, pay and conditions at risk.

The Trust maintains jobs are safe.

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"The Trust needs to listen to their staff and drop their divisive and damaging plan to set up WWL Solutions. "Staff are taking a courageous stand to do all they can to keep the NHS together. There is lots of support for the strike action from colleagues, the public and community leaders.

– Lizanne Devonport, UNISON

Wigan theatre bought at auction

The people behind The Old Courts have managed to secure the purchase of the former Royal Court Theatre on King Street (known in recent years as nightclubs Springbok/The Hub), securing its future and with plans to restore this Grade II listed, former 3,000-seat-theatre back to its intended use for the community it was built for.

The theatre, which is still largely intact, will form part of the organisation's aim to further develop heritage space to support the development of culture and the arts in Wigan.

The Royal Court Theatre brings back nostalgic memories for many. It opened in 1886 and ended its life as a theatre/cinema in 1974.

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Man in hospital after off-road bike crashes into car

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A man was seriously injured after his off-road bike slammed into a car.

The motorcycle rider, 30, suffered serious injuries to his legs, pelvis and collarbone in the collision in Wigan, Greater Manchester, at around 5am on Sunday.

He was taken from the crash scene on Manchester Road, in Higher Ince, and rushed to the Manchester Royal Infirmary to undergo surgery.

Pictures show the bike embedded in the white Peugeot 108 car.

The car driver, a 23-year-old man from Wigan, stopped at the scene and assisted the police with enquiries.

No arrests have been made.

Officers said they received a separate report of an illegal off-road motorcycle with no lights leaving the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan a short time before the collision.

Investigating officer PC Paul Ashworth, from GMP’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Illegal bikes have no place on our roads and those that ride them put themselves and others in danger.

“This highlights the dangers of illegal road use especially motorcycles.

“Enquiries are ongoing at this time and I urge anyone with information to contact me.”

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