"The Blazing Rag" public house is on George Street in Top Mossley. It opened in 1856 as a beerhouse called "The Welcome Return".
It did not become fully licensed until 1960. In 1986 the pub was renamed "The Blazing Rag", although that had in fact been its nickname for many years. The pub had been popular with followers of the sport of dog trailing, in which a rag soaked in aniseed was dragged along the ground creating a trail for the dogs to follow, as dogs are particularly keen on the scent. When the hunt was over it was the practice to throw the rag onto the fire in the bar, giving rise to the nickname "The Blazing Rag", or just "The Rag".
The pub is one of the locations for the performance of the Mossley Pace Egg Play every Easter Monday.
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