The re­gional epi­demic

Rochdale Observer - - FOCUS ON PUBS -

ROCHDALE is not alone.

Across Greater Manch­ester as a whole more than one in three pubs have closed this cen­tury.

Both Bolton and Tame­side lost 41 per cent of their pubs over that pe­riod. Even Manch­ester, with its boom­ing city cen­tre and af­flu­ent sub­urbs such as Chorl­ton and Dids­bury, saw a seven per cent fall in the num­ber of pubs and bars, with sev­eral high-pro­file clo­sures this month alone, such as Wal­rus, The Blue Pig and Tusk in the North­ern Quar­ter shut­ting up af­ter their owner went into liq­ui­da­tion.

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