New Book for Christmas 2016
Six Steps from Wigan Pier
and a bag of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
does Gandalf have in common with George Formby, Oliver Cromwell and a
girl who sang for Hitler with military secrets hidden in her
knickers? The answer is Wigan. When my son Richard mentioned
the theory that each one of us is no more than six ‘steps’ from
any other person on the face of the planet I realised
that I’d stumbled upon a wonderful framework for one of my
favourite activities: telling tales.
You may remember that John S Taylor was Guest Speaker at
this year’s WGSOB Annual Dinner. Having been a pupil or a master at WGS for a
total of nine years in the 1950s and 60s.
John has now published his new book Six Steps from
Wigan Pier which includes three chapters featuring such personalities as
Paddy Gore, Dicky Nutt, Pop Skirrow, George Merriman, Madame Teapot, Brian
Holt, Ralph ‘Dicky’ Downing, Derek ‘Cakey’ Eccles, ‘Hoss’ Jones, Tommy Walker,
‘Jem’ Hall, Jack Sharratt and ‘Noddy’ Lee. Other members of his cast include Ian
McKellen, George Formby, the Mad Clapper, Jack Cockrell, Basil Horsman, ‘Hoppy’
Hopwood Sayer, Frank Platt and his daughter Avril Fishwick, to whose memory the
book is dedicated.
A possible Christmas stocking-filler, Six Steps from Wigan Pier
is a book of stories all connected in some way with Wigan. Some of the tales
start and finish within a cock-stride of the Pier. Others take us to Gallipoli,
India, the Deep South of the United States and the humid jungles of Spanish
America during two bloody civil wars.
Six Steps from Wigan Pier is now obtainable
from bookshops and on Amazon.co.uk, price £14.99.
There is more information on his website (/www.johnsharrocktaylor.webs.com/) including an extract from