For the second part of their tour around the towns that surround the city of Manchester*, MARTIN ARTHUR and HOWARD LUNN take themselves around the southern edge of the conurbation, beginning with a dilemma of whether to stray a little beyond the PTE boundary

Leigh was once known for cotton and coal, but now that economy has gone and the remaining collieries — Bickershaw and Parsonage, the last deep mines in Lancashire — closed in 1992.

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