A well-loved pub in Oldham is soon to go up for sale as the landlords have announced their shock decision to leave this week.

The Springbank pub on Hunt Lane has been run by Sue and Steve Rutter "since forever", according to locals.

However, the pair revealed in a 'shock' announcement on social media that the pub will soon be going up for sale as they enjoy retirement from the pub trade after 25 years.

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The post revealed the pair had been in negotiations with Stonegate Group for some time but the decision to retire has come "slightly sooner than expected" since the company has decided to sell.

The Springbank Pub also said the decision had been coming for a long time since the "pub trade is a dying breed now".

They said signs will be appearing around the pub "imminently" and more updates will come in due course.

Loyal customers have since flocked to social media to show their support for the pub and while many said the announcement is "sad" and "bittersweet", many hope the pair enjoy their retirement.

One man wrote: "Wow, sad news indeed. Where to start.

"Thank you both for all the memories, both happy and sad.

"I will certainly miss the atmosphere and being made welcome.

"The last of 'local' pubs and I promise to raise a few glasses on your last shift."

Another crowned the pair as "simply the best landlord and landlady in Chadderton" and wished them both "the very best" for the future.

A third said he was "sorry" to hear the news and that he has "some fantastic memories" at the pub.

"You two have entertained a lot of people over the years, not many landlords or landladies can say that", he added.

One comment read: "Thanks for so many great times in the pub and all the brilliant nights and all the good friends you will leave."

Others also pointed out how the couple had been running the pub for "such a long time" and promised to give them "one hell of a send-off" when the time comes. 

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