In this section of the site we record the deaths and celebrate the lives of people who have been our friends and have been involved with Optical Busstop in someway. If you would like to add your own tributes to any of the people listed below please get in touch with us via the Contact page.

Mick 2014Mick Hayes in 2014Mick died aged 64 years old in the Royal Bolton Hospital on the 9th December 2015. He had been admitted a couple of weeks earlier suffering from Pancreatic cancer.

He was a good, old hippie friend who will be missed by all but particularly by Nat & Paul who met with him at least once a week over the years. Although Mick wasn't part of Optical Busstop, he was a friend to all of us in it, largely through knowing many as he was a student at Bolton's Art School.

He can be seen in many of the photographs on this site - he seemed to have a knack of appearing in them.

Though he wasn't Scottish and had no connections to Scotland, in 2014 he decided to buy a Scottish outfit (see picture) and was very proud of it.

He was a trained painter and decorator but though he did occasionally practice his trade largely didn't.

His finest hour came in the late 80s/early 90s when he nursed his mother through treatment for cancer.

After her death he increasingly suffered from depression and in 1996 after an argument with his father he went out of an upstairs window in his home suffering severe injuries, in fact, at one stage he was clinically dead.

Nevertheless, he survived and, whilst he was never the same man again, he remained a good friend, particularly down at the pub.

In his later years, he started learning to play the guitar and started hiking, even though his first hike with Nat and Paul was pretty horrendous, starting in a blizzard and beset by snow drifts & strange animals en route - it took him 3 pints at the Bob Smithy to recover.

The end came quickly and without pain. We will miss him greatly.