It’s last or­ders for ‘dan­ger­ous’ ex-pub

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CHRIS SLATER

A lANd­MARK for­mer pub in east Manch­ester had to be de­mol­ished as the build­ing was un­safe, it has been con­firmed.

The for­mer Half­way House – at the junc­tion of Ash­ton Old Road, Fair­field Road and Og­den lane in Higher Open­shaw – was a pop­u­lar Whit­bread/Ch­esters brew­ery wa­ter­ing hole for decades.

Also known as both The Tower and Screwy Hughie’s in its time, it ceased trad­ing in around 2009. It later be­came a gym, then a hard­ware shop.

The build­ing was badly dam­aged in a fire in 2017. That left the build­ing un­safe. It had scaf­fold­ing around it for a pro­longed pe­riod.

It has now been re­duced to a pile of rub­ble as the bull­doz­ers moved in.

The dis­tinc­tive green signs bear­ing its for­mer names were still vis­i­ble in the de­bris.

diane Heard said on Face­book: “Had my wed­ding re­cep­tion in there in the 80s. Sad to see this hap­pen.”

Sue Evan­son said: “My dad was taught how to be a li­censee there when Claude had it. It was 1961 and then he got his own pub, Fox Tav­ern Clay­ton lane. That is gone now.

“My friend also had her wed­ding re­cep­tion there in 1969. I was chief brides­maid aged 20 and lads from lon­don that we met in Ma­jorca all came up for the wed­ding party. Bril­liant night it was in there. Happy days then.”

Coun An­ge­liki Sto­gia, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment, plan­ning and trans­port at Manch­ester coun­cil said: “We can con­firm that be­cause of the con­di­tion of the build­ing and the very se­ri­ous risk to pub­lic safety, the city coun­cil had no al­ter­na­tive other than to in­ter­vene, us­ing emer­gency dan­ger­ous build­ing pow­ers to de­mol­ish the premises. It is a pity that this build­ing could not be saved.” The M.E.N. has so far been un­able to con­tact the owner and it is un­clear what will hap­pen at the site.

No plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions have been tabled.

The for­mer Half­way House re­duced to rub­ble

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