Winstanley College

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Sixth-form college in the Billinge Higher End area of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester.

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Richard Ashcroft

English singer and songwriter.

Ashcroft on 1 July 2012

Ashcroft attended Up Holland High School in West Lancashire, along with future bandmates Simon Jones, Peter Salisbury and Simon Tong, and then attended nearby Winstanley College, where he met Nick McCabe.

The Verve

English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury.

The Verve performing at Madison Square Garden in 2008. From left to right: Nick McCabe, Peter Salisbury, Richard Ashcroft, and out of sight, Simon Jones
Ashcroft on stage with The Verve at Pinkpop, Netherlands in 2008.

The founding members of the Verve met at Winstanley Sixth Form College, in Wigan, Greater Manchester, when Liam Begley introduced Richard Ashcroft to the other band members.

Higher End

Area of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.

Winstanley College

Nick McCabe

English musician best known as the lead guitarist of The Verve.

The Verve performing at Madison Square Garden in 2008. From left to right: Nick McCabe, Peter Salisbury, Richard Ashcroft, and out of sight, Simon Jones

He attended Haydock High School, and later met Richard Ashcroft at Winstanley College.

Catherine Ashton

British Labour politician who served as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and First Vice President of the European Commission in the Barroso Commission from 2009 to 2014.

Ashton in 2009
Ashton with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Ashton and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, the first round of Comprehensive agreement on Iranian nuclear programme, February 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Ashton, Munich, 1 February 2014
Ashton (far right) with the rest of the Quartet on the Middle East (2010)
Lady Ashton and Russian President Vladimir Putin, 3 June 2013

She attended Upholland Grammar School in Billinge Higher End, Lancashire, then Wigan Mining and Technical College, Wigan.

Leon Osman

English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Osman playing for Everton in 2011
Osman playing for Everton in 2011

He attended Up Holland High School and Winstanley College.

Leah Hackett

English actress, most notable for her role as Tina Reilly (née McQueen) in Hollyoaks.

David Garrick in Richard III onstage

She later attended Winstanley College and went on to get a place at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Shaun Briscoe

English former professional rugby league footballer.

Briscoe playing for England in 2008

Briscoe was born in Higher End, in the Wigan area, and grew up in nearby Hindley, and attended Winstanley College.

Sam Darbyshire

English television actor best known for his role as Jamie "Fletch" Fletcher on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.

Sam Darbyshire as Fletch (2007)

Darbyshire attended Winstanley College.

North West England

One of nine official regions of England and consists of the administrative counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Liverpool Chinatown is the oldest Chinese community in Europe.
The Jodrell Bank Lovell 76-m radio telescope in Lower Withington, built in August 1957, is the world's third largest steerable telescope, and was the largest until 1971. It was designed by Sheffield's Sir Charles Husband and built of steel from Scunthorpe
General election results in 2017
Lancaster city centre
Proposed flag for the region designed by Peter Saville
Exhibit of ICI's Fluothane (Halothane), discovered at Widnes, at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, near Spike Island in Widnes
Rainhill Skew Bridge in 1831
The World of Glass museum in October 2006
Calder Hall in 1973
A Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 (HS 801), built at Woodford (former Avro) and designed in Manchester in the mid-1960s, with XV148 (former Comet 4C) making its first flight on 23 May 1967, flying from Chester (Broughton, which had built many de Havilland fighter jet aircraft) to Woodford; 49 Nimrods were made for the RAF, entering service with 201 Sqn on 6 November 1970, serving until March 2010 with 38 Sqn
JLR at Halewood
Statue of John Lennon of The Beatles at The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, the largest religious building in the UK
Queensway Tunnel, Liverpool under the River Mersey to Birkenhead, Wirral peninsula
The M6 motorway is one of the North West's principal roads
Warning signs at Hardknott Pass
Old meets new at the Stockport Viaduct; designed by George W. Buck, it is the largest free-standing brick structure in the UK, built in 1840 when it was the largest viaduct in the world; it features in many L. S. Lowry paintings
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A sign marking entry to Scotland located on the M6 motorway crossing the border of Cumbria.
Manchester Airport aerial view
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Manchester's Piccadilly station is the largest and busiest railway station in the region.
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Regional profile of the North West
Essar Energy's Stanlow Refinery, the 
UK's second largest refinery after Fawley, looking north-east from Wervin
Vauxhall's plant in Ellesmere Port exports 88% of its cars, although many of the components are imported, and has made over 5 million since 1962, also making the Vectra from 1995 to 2008; it makes 686 a day (two a minute, 100,000 a year) and the latest model was designed by Mark Adams and Malcolm Ward. Three million Astras have been sold in the UK since 1979, and featured on the Top Gear test track until 2015; the production is split with the Opel Manufacturing Poland site at Gliwice in southern Poland; the Corsa is made at Opel Zaragoza in north-east Spain, with 3-door versions at Opel Eisenach; the Insignia is made at Opel Rüsselsheim
Ineos ChlorVinyls at Runcorn in 2006; the UK chemicals industry is worth £57bn, with 180,000 people in around 3,000 companies
English Electric Canberra gate guard at BAE's Samlesbury site
Heinz, although based in Hayes in Middlesex, has the largest food processing complex in Europe at a 55 acre site at Kitt Green in Wigan, which produces 1.4 billion cans of food each year; it is accessed to the east of the Orrell Interchange of the M6 (A577); the 38-acre Heinz NDC is next door
Head office of Warburtons in Bolton in April 2006
Kelloggs in Manchester, looking north along the A5181 next to GMFRS's Stretford Area Command HQ; the site is the largest producer of cereals in Europe
JD Sports (in Belfast), the largest company in Bury
The 1938 Littlewood's Building next to Wavertree Technology Park, on Edge Lane, looking east from Liverpool Cathedral
Cereal Partners UK (Nestlé) make Cheerios and Golden Nuggets on the A41 opposite Port Sunlight at Bromborough, also the base of CSM UK, the baking ingredients company based at a former Unilever Stork margarine site.
Unilever Research Laboratory at Port Sunlight (Bebington) looking west, next to the Wirral Line
Former head office of the Girobank in Bootle; it closed in 2003; it was taken over by Alliance & Leicester in 1990; it was established in Bootle in the late 1960s with help from Hugh Baird; it was the first financial institution in Europe to be fully computerised from the start
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1939 Sir Owen Williams Daily Express Building, Manchester
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