MOSSLEY’S newest bar is closer to a public opening after the Gillery welcomed 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 artist Northern Quarter 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 Gillery 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.
“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 in Greenfield. The latter brewed some exclusive beers for the launch including Lilywhites, named in honour of the town’s football team.
For more information on confirmed general public opening visit https://www.facebook.com/thegillery/