Monica Livesey, landlady of The Gold Cup in Longsight, pulls me a pint of Guinness and looks ruefully over to a conspicuously empty corner of the lounge bar. It’s a quiet Tuesday afternoon. There are a few customers but none in that part of the lounge. “Everybody that sits there for a long time dies, so they call it God’s waiting room,” cackles Monica, 71, who has been the licencee here since 1995. Since November, seven regulars who would sit there have died and the remaining patrons make a point of perching themselves elsewhere. “That used to be packed, that corner,” says Monica. Behind the bar in the vault, the wall is plastered with yellowing pictures of regulars – Monica points out the ones who are no longer with us. Back in the day Longsight was full of pubs – more than 30 boozers were strung along the A6 Stockport Road and most of them would be packed with working folk letting their hair down on a Friday or Saturday night. Now there are just two. The Gold Cup is one of them. Monica and her regulars reminisce fondly about those who have gone, and how it used to be… Read full this story
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