In Urmston, the Prairie Schooner Tap House will be renovating its frontage with new windows, new signage and a large awning. Inside, air conditioning will be added. Events-wise the bar and bottle show now hosts free live music every Wednesday from 8.30 (jazz, blues, folk). Every Thursday there is a “vinyl night” where customers are welcome to bring their own MP3 players! The bottle shop’s range now reflects the great beers being brewed across the North with an emphasis on new breweries too like Torrside, High Peak & Thirst Class.

There's a new landlord at the Bird i'th Hand in Flixton. Mark was previously in charge of Robinsons The Railway in Whaley Bridge. When #thcamra called in there was no cask ale available as Mark is having owners Punch Taverns replace the beer lines. Once the work is complete, is likely to feature Wells' Bombardier and Theakston Lightfoot and possibly a dark beer.