HELP: Wetherspoon’s, Manchester, August 1995

Stained glass window.
Stained glass at the Moon Under Water, taken on our visit in February 2016.

This is very specific: we want to talk to anyone who recalls attending the opening of The Moon Under Water on Deansgate, Manchester, on 15 August 1995.

We’ve heard from people who went not long after — memories of mannequins in the former cinema stalls, and awe at the sheer size of the place — but no-one seems to remember day one.

There must have been a ribbon-cutting ceremony — Eddie Gershon, who does PR for Wetherspoon’s, reckons it was covered in the Manchester Evening News though he doesn’t have any clippings or photos.

If you were there, get in touch. If you have a vague memory of your mate having gone along, or your cousin working behind the bar, give ’em a nudge. We’re and any memory, however small or apparently insignificant, might be just what we need.

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One reply on “HELP: Wetherspoon’s, Manchester, August 1995”

Interesting question – why do you want to know ?
I might have been in this branch of ‘Spoons on the day in question. My records show that it opened on 14 August 1995. Hence, that might be an error, or it might be that I attended some invitation-only event that was held as a dummy run for the big day. Or I might simply have messed up my record-keeping. I really can’t remember !
The British Library Newspaper Library at Boston Spa (North Yorkshire) holds the Manchester Evening News on microfilm. Unfortunately, 1995 is too early for the MEN website, but too late for any of the historic newspapers’ websites. I also have an incomplete set of “Wetherspoon News” in the loft – they are likely to have reported on it.
You could join and post your question to the Wetherspoon e-mail group –

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