There are those who argue that the song was written on the train on the way to Stalybridge, but it is reasonably certain that it had its first performance in Stalybridge's Grand Theatre which faces Judge's Bar, and part of which is now the Tipperary Tea Rooms.
WHO IN THIS STREET AND BUILDING
WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE AND COMPOSE
THE IMMORTAL MARCHING SONG
"IT'S A LONG WAY TO
HE ALSO WAS THE FIRST TO SING IT
IN PUBLIC, IN THE GRAND THEATRE OPPOSITE
JANUARY 31ST 1912.