AFTER ALMOST thirteen years behind the bar, one of Saddleworth’s most-loved landlords is hopping off the Waggon this month.
Long-serving Adrian Dearnaley, 60, known as Addy, will retire from the Waggon Inn in Uppermill with wife Bronwin to take time to enjoy their place in the sun.
Addy first began painting his Waggon in 2001, renovating the building and serving a renowned selection of food before opening a successful bed and breakfast.
His run at the reins includes 12 Whit Friday Band Contests, numerous charity Beer Walks, Rushcart Festivals and Yanks weekends.
And after providing pleasurable a backdrop for so long, the retiring couple is looking forwarding to enjoying Saddleworth’s summer calendar without hard work and responsibility.
Addy said: “It’s been a very successful and enjoyable experience with all the characters and events that take place within the village.
“It’s hard work but we’ll miss it.”
Addy built up strong community ties during his time in charge, sponsoring Uppermill Football Club, Saddleworth Morris Men and a number of local bands, who compete for Whit Friday’s converted Waggon Trophy.
And the passionate Manchester United fan also offered match day travel with the Uppermill branch of the Supporters’ Club, and was voted into CAMRA’s Real Ale Guide in 2002.
Addy said: “We wish new Waggoners Chantal and Matt every success here when they take over on May, 20.
“Bronwin and I would like to thank all of our excellent staff and customers who have supported us over our 12-and-a-half years. It has been a great adventure.
“We’d also like to John Lund from the Pennine Moonraker, who has helped us out a lot over the years.
“We’ll miss them all and will enjoy our pension.”