You don't have to live in Wirral to appreciate the following videos. As I've stated previously, Birkenhead and parts of Wallasey are in decline and there seems no end to pub closures. Some of the pubs featured won't be missed but others were thriving businesses in their time and took quite a lot of my money. At least 50% of them are now demolished, just memories remain.
On a happier note two of the pubs in the second video have been resurrected and are doing well, both with an excellent range of real ales. The Royal is now the Cock & Pullet, and the Dispensary has been freed from the clutches of the under performing Cain's and re-invented as (Frank!) Gallagher's Pub and Barbers. It has has just been voted Wirral CAMRA's pub of the year. Both of these pubs have Brimstage brewery beers on sale permanently which goes a long way to explain their success.
The reality is though, that they are isolated success stories and the demolition gangs will continue to find work as further pubs close their doors for the last time.