I truly love what I do. Be it capturing a wedding, shooting architecture or photographing an event like this, it provides me with such a diverse range of photographic challenges (and great nights out as well). So you won’t be surprised to learn I was delighted when Andrew Nutter, celebrity chef, Rochdale Man of the Year and all round Mr Nice approached me asking if I could help shoot the opening night of his Lancashire gastropub, The Bird. Located down the road from Nutter’s Restaurant, the pub was packed to the rafters with 150 guests.
Andrew was handed the keys to the dilapidated Bird i’ th’ Hand pub on Rochdale Road, by his Mum and Dad for Christmas in 2014. Since then it has seen an incredible £1million restoration project. Designed by his dad Rodney Nutter with the construction carried out by H Bells and Sons in Rochdale, The Bird has been transformed into an architecturally beautiful venue, serving stunning local fayre with gorgeous views over Ashworth Moor.
The night started with drinks on the forecourt before, with a background of mission impossible music, Andrew helicoptered in typical flamboyant style to the rescue when Hannah, the pubs new landlady ‘couldn’t find the keys’.
Once inside, with live music playing downstairs, the guests were treated to freshly cooked treats and a free bar, with all the proceeds of the ticket sales going the Nutter’s favoured charity, Springfield Hospice in Rochdale, with over £5000 raised.
As the guests were then introduced to upstairs and the gorgeous balcony, and more live music by local artist Aaron Welby. Speeches and thankyous were made by Andrew and the party went on into the night!
One thing i know for sure. is by the end of the night, the Bird had truly flown.