City of Chester Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Excellent first concert for Ewan Easton M.B.E.

The word nostalgia is derived from two Greek words. That of nóstos which translates as “homecoming”, and álgos (which translates as “pain” or “ache”). Following a stunning set of results for our hosts [Boarshurst Silver Band], it was almost a post-Whit Friday homecoming. As usual, for most Sundays, the spotlight turned to another superb band. This time, the City of Chester Band.
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Selected First Greater Manchester Depots Set to Go on Strike

Proposed industrial action for Queens Road and Oldham depots

  • Strike action affects all Saddleworth services from Oldham and Manchester;
  • Passengers within Salford, Rochdale, Oldham, Trafford and Manchester affected;
  • Normal service on most First Greater Manchester routes within Tameside, Bolton, and Bury.
First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
The 409 will be among a number of services affected by First Greater Manchester’s strike, with Oldham’s passengers at the sharpest end of their industrial action.

This Tuesday, Oldham and Saddleworth passengers will see grave disruption to most of its bus services. Following a trade dispute regarding changes to staff conditions and bargaining procedures, First Greater Manchester are set to go on strike. The strike will affect drivers at their Oldham and Queens Road depots, with most of Oldham’s and Saddleworth’s buses affected. Continue reading Selected First Greater Manchester Depots Set to Go on Strike

Whit Friday 2016 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results.

Fairey, Hepworth and Brighouse and Rastrick bands take centre stage in the Saddleworth contests

In the Saddleworth Whit Friday band contests, the balance of power has shifted from Queensbury to Brighouse, Hepworth and Stockport. Brighouse and Rastrick Band were top dog at Delph and Denshaw. Fairey won the top prize at the Lydgate, and Scouthead and Austerlands contests. Winning at Diggle and Dobcross, a recently re-energised Hepworth Silver Band.

In Lees and Springhead, the Birmingham Conservatoire band picked up the top prize with Brighouse and Rastrick in second place. Over at the Friezland contest, it was Greenfield which picked up top honours at the contest for lower section bands. They were also the first band to play at the parish hall.

The atrocious weather did nothing to stop the bands descending on the Saddleworth venues. Delph played host to 80 bands; Dobcross saw 70; and Diggle equalled their contest record of 63 bands. There was 48 bands at Friezland, a figure modest for Saddleworth standards, but a fantastic one if held three miles south of the venue.

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Whit Friday 2016 Results: Tameside Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on Tameside’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

Middleton Band, Ashton United F.C., Whit Friday 2016
Bouncing Down: wet weather did little to dampen the spirits of Middleton Band, who won the Best 2nd Section Band prize at the Hurst Village Contest.

Foden’s win Tameside Open Championship, though only just

For a staggering fourteenth year on the trot, Foden’s won the Tameside Open Championship prize. The Sandbach-based band, whose band club was ravaged by fire lately, won at Audenshaw, Carrbrook, Hurst Cross, Stalybridge Celtic and the Upper Mossley contests. Foden’s also won the Deportment prize at the Upper Mossley contest, and were first on at the Audenshaw contest. Continue reading Whit Friday 2016 Results: Tameside Contests

Ducie Street: Manchester’s Forgotten Coach Station

East of the M60 looks at the former base of North Manchester Travel

The 1980s was an amazing era for long distance coach travel. With a more extensive motorway network, the seemingly moribund industry was on the up. In the nationalised and privately-owned sectors of the bus and coach industry, the standards of comfort on long distance routes began to improve. Continue reading Ducie Street: Manchester’s Forgotten Coach Station

Glossop Old Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Les, Stephen, and a pretty good band too

In the last five years, we have been happy to see the return of Glossop Old Band to the contesting scene. What a return they have had as well; in their short time, they have climbed up to Section Two. Last night’s [15 May] concert was proof that Glossop Old Band could be on the way up. On the way back to being one of Derbyshire’s leading brass bands.
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One Hour Hopper Fares: How Greater Manchester Could Benefit

How East of the M60 thinks a Transport for London style One Hour Hopper could work in the Greater Manchester City Region

Dennis Hopper fotografiert von Hartmut S. Bühler vor der Kunsthalle Düsseldorf im Jahr 1988
Could a One Hour Hopper ticket make for an easy ride, one smoother than this gentleman’s in the 1969 movie?
Travelling in and around Greater Manchester by bus can be a patchy experience, with new buses on trunk routes, and pensionable buses away from key routes. As well as commercially-funded projects and the Vantage services along the Leigh Guided Busway, there is little sense of continuity. Apart from multi-operator tickets, the network is fragmented with, for example, First Greater Manchester having a fiefdom in Oldham. Likewise with Stagecoach Manchester dominating South Manchester and Stockport. Continue reading One Hour Hopper Fares: How Greater Manchester Could Benefit

Moovit’s Successful Olympic Bid

Moovit declared the official public transport app of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Rio de Janeiro: host city of the
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, starting on the 05 August this year. With concerns over pollution in the city, public transport will play a main part in unblocking the city’s streets and clearing the air. Moovit’s arrival has led to its adoption by City Hall of Rio.

Technology will be one of the main allies for Rio de Janeiro residents and tourists who will share the city during August’s 2016 Summer Games. As part of the Olympics Mobility Plan announced by the City Hall of Rio, Moovit is delighted to announce it has been accredited as the official public transport app during the Games. This means it will be working with the city to indicate all the different transport services available during the period. These include scheduled bus services, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit systems), VRT (Versatile Rapid Transit), minivans, trains, metro stations, cable cars and barges that connect the city. Continue reading Moovit’s Successful Olympic Bid

The Manchester Megarider’s Digital Switchover

Stagecoach Manchester’s popular season ticket switches to smart card only format

DAF SB120 Stagecoach Manchester LL07 BLU, Oldham Bus Station

The sticky-backed plastic card is dead! Long live sticky-backed plastic and card! From tomorrow morning, Stagecoach Manchester’s popular season tickets will only be available in smart card form. Continue reading The Manchester Megarider’s Digital Switchover

Austonley Brass Ensemble: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A pristine performance from a perfect ten players (well, eleven counting the percussionist)

Ten from the cream of brass banding enthralled a packed audience at last night’s [Sunday 8th May] concert with Austonley Brass, at Boarshurst Band Club. Among its personnel is the Boarshurst Band Club musical director, James Garlick (Trombone/Euphonium), and his father, Philip Garlick (Trumpet/Tenor Horn).
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