MOSSLEY’S newest bar The Gillery is now open to the public after welcoming guests for a launch party.
The Royal Bank of Scotland branch at Old Brow has stood empty since serving its last customers in September 2015.
But Mossley resident Dermot Gill and his team have brought the building back to life with this new venture.
Correspondent reporter Trevor Baxter was among the first night attendees at The Gillery situated on the corner of Stamford Road and Abney Road.
So too was Northern Quarter artist Stephen Lynn whose striking portraits of music icons Debbie Harry, David Bowie and John Lennon adorn the walls.
But there was no-one prouder than Dermot and wife Mar Liese as bar staff served their first customers.
“We came to Mossley and have stayed 10 years,” said Dermot, a former relief manager around Greater Manchester for Bass brewery.
“We intend to stay for much longer and build this as a community business that involves everyone.
“I have always had some involvement in the trade but wanted a project of my own.”
Among beers on offer to the public will be ales from Vale Mill-based Millstone, and from Donkeystone, Greenfield. The latter brewed some exclusive beers for the launch including Lilywhites, named in honour of the town’s football team.
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