The Stumble at Bury

We’ve seen The Stumble three times before, and each time they’ve put on a great show of good old-fashioned blues. In fact I’m sure each performance has been better than the last so we were hoping for more of the same.

Bury is also a bit of an old-fashioned town, not a great deal to offer as far as we could tell, but we’d found a promising sounding real ale bar by the name of The Trackside. It was two miles from the Travelodge, but we decided on a steady walk as the weather was fine and we wanted to do a bit of exploring.

The walk took us alongside a river for a while, before diverting into a series of housing estates and eventually into the town centre. There was a huge market which led into an even bigger shopping centre: for a small town Bury certainly has no shortage of places to spend your money.

Having worked up a thirst, we reached the Trackside bar, not surprisingly, it was actually at the side of a railway, but what did surprise us was that there was a steam rally on for the weekend. We spotted a train which was sending gouts of smoke into the air, and tried to get a view of it by walking to the end of the car park where our view was largely blocked by fencing. This proved to be a waste of time however, when we discovered the Trackside bar opened up onto the platform anyway. There was a huge queue at the bar, so we firstly went out to have a closer look at the train, there was more than one and the platforms were buzzing with atmosphere and a whole gaggle of geeky train-spotters. Returning to the bar the queue had now gone, so we purchased our ales and managed to find a seat on the platform to watch the comings and goings of the trains. It was a really enjoyable afternoon, only slightly marred by having to go for a rubbish meal at a nearby Wetherspoon