17, Talgarth Road, Collyhurst, Manchester, M40 7QA
Billy Green was a boxer.
Billy Green was a landlord.
Billy Green kept The Vauxhall in Collyhurst – The Vauxhall was named for the nearby Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, formerly Tinker’s and Elysian Gardens.
Collyhurst was then a rural idyll, lit with swaying lanterns, lilting music and laughter filled the night air, my how little has changed.
Billy Greens was a pub, named after Billy Green.
Reputedly the toughest pub in Britain.
Point a camera at a hard man and he’ll tell you exactly what you want to hear, it’s easy, though it’s much, much harder to fill a pub these days – tough times.
Standing lost and forlorn in a sea of green grass – nobody’s home, laid low by a litre and a half of Lambrini or six.
Bare burnt rafters, boarded doors, the sign no longer swings in the wind.
Somebody just called tinned-up time.
Billy Greens is no more.