We had taken the tram up from Chorlton on a bright sunny day which was perfect for a wander around the town.
The plan had been to visit the museum down at the Portland Basin and as you do we took a slow walk back along Stamford Street and by degree ended up in the main square.
Now the open air market is still in the process of being redone but there were still plenty of the old stalls along with the temporary pitches for our Jill and Geoff up from London to look for bargains.
Jill had debated on whether to buy a couple of pies from the indoor market but didn’t reckon they would survive the journey back.
So instead we wandered off again and explored some of the streets close by and unlike great chunks of south Manchester there are still lots of small interesting shops which offer everything from balls of wool and knitting patterns to fire grates, and fish food.
Location; Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside
Picture; the open air market, 2016, from the collection of Andrew Simpson