Gorsey Lane, Hazlehurst, Ashton u Lyne OL6 9AU
The land beyond beyond – where Greater Manchester almost, but not quite, gives up.
But not quite.
On the edge of the Pennines, high atop an almost hill – stands the appropriately named Peaks Hotel.
A boozer I knew as a lad, an ever open off licence serving cider to miscreants, who thought nothing of jumping their fence, to steal empty bottles, exchanged for pence, from the very place whence they came.
A boozer I knew when older for an evening pint with my Mam and Dad, waiter service from the ever efficient tall and slim, white coated Les – complete with free and easy organ accompaniment.
Drinking undrinkably fizzy glasses of Toby light and Brew X.
Now white faced, blank eyed and alone it stands with its back to Hartshead Pike.
A proud brooding building.