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Local Life - Wigan - May 2018

Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.

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12 Wigan Borough’s cultural future is set for a boost thanks to Arts Council England (ACE) funding. The council has secured £10,000 from ACE to go towards creating a new cultural strategy with the help of three experts with more than 40 years’ experience between them. Sue Potts, Debbie Chan and Maria Brewster were awarded the contract and have a long, credible history working with local authorities. Ambitious art Donna Hall, chief executive of the council and lead officer for arts and culture in Greater Manchester said: “We have a significant cultural offer in Wigan Borough thanks to council-led opportunities. “Having a diverse cultural offer is something we’re proud of and want to grow. “We want to put Wigan Borough at the forefront as a culturally thriving district and are looking forward to Sue, Debbie and Maria engaging with local people, businesses and organisations to see how the borough’s offer should be shaped. Special Offer! Buy 1 pair of glasses & get 2nd pair 1/2 price On production of this advert (1/2 price applies to the cheapest pair) See the difference with Optique Boutique Come and browse our extensive selection of frames from budget to designer styles we offer competitive prices. • Expert advice on frames & lenses • Comprehensive eye examinations • Easy & free to park • Modern & friendly surroundings • Special occasion specialists including Weddings & Proms Optique Boutique @ Gores Opticians 01942 214 808 703, Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, WN5 8AQ www.optiqueboutique.co.uk

13 “This strategy will allow us to focus our efforts and will benefit the local economy and the wellbeing of residents.” The trio said: “We are very excited about working to raise Wigan Borough’s profile. “We hope that the strategy will help the borough’s cultural ambitions to flourish, enabling local talent to be recognised and developed and make the arts available to everyone.” Locals will be updated in upcoming weeks on how to be involved in the consultation. • Carpets • Wood • Laminate • Design Floors & Carpets Great looking flooring to suit your needs! 123, Whelley, Wigan, WN1 3PX T • 01942 49 33 66 Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm