Classic movie inspires pub launch


The new owners of a Wigan pub hope they are in the fast lane to success with a venue built around two wheels and an entertainment superstar.

Business partners Darren Cooper and Dave Holt have reinvented the former Hockery Brook pub in Hindley as Formby’s, a celebration of ukulele-wielding musician and actor George Formby and his film No Limit, set in the world of motorcycling. The film was shot on location at the Isle of Man TT races and this is particularly apt as Darren is also a road racer planning to enter the iconic event next year after previously doing the Manx Grand Prix.

However, Darren is keen to stress that although there is some Formby and two-wheeled memorabilia dotted around the Wigan Lane premises it is definitely not a “biker pub” but is a venue for the entire local community.

The pub, which is run on a day-to-day basis by landlady Michelle Ragozzino, has already introduced live acts on a Saturday night. Formby’s will also be run as a freehouse not tied to any brewery, with four cask ales, eight draught beers in total, ciders and an extensive gin list.

For more, see article in Wigan Today