Ashton Open Market, during the Tameside Young Traders' Market, 25 May 2019.

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, June 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Excellent start for Tameside Young Traders’ Market;
  • Ashton-under-Lyne’s Top Shop/Topman store to close after 35 years;
  • The return of a legendary Stalybridge pub – on a new site;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Littlemoss to Broadbottom.

Had it not been for the successful Tameside Young Traders’ Market and the proposed closure of a retail stalwart, a fairly ordinary month.

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The old Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Astley Street, Stalybridge (2013).

The Return of the Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn

Iconic Stalybridge pub to rise from the dead on a new site

2019 is set to be one hell of a year on this planet of ours. Britain is supposed to be leaving the European Union. Manchester City have achieved the first domestic treble in English footballing history. Game of Thrones has also ended its run as a drama series. The most surprising aspect of this surprising year so far is the return of an iconic pub. Especially in an era where pubs are still closing left of centre, far right and centre right.

Enter the return of The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn.

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Stalybridge Writing Group Relaunched at Rifleman Inn

Poets Corner returns eleven years after formation

The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Stalybridge
The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Stalybridge: scene of Poets Corner’s return eleven years after formation.

The start of 2003 saw the formation of The People’s Gallery. In June of that year came the formation of Poets Corner, a writers’ group which spun off from the gallery and later continued under the name of ‘People’s Performance’. During the warm summer of 2003, gigs took place on the Town Hall Remains with at least 30 – 45 watching. As the group found difficulties in hiring suitable rooms in Stalybridge, the group lay dormant. Continue reading “Stalybridge Writing Group Relaunched at Rifleman Inn”