Stalybridge Celtic’s 2020 Vision

A new social club at Bower Fold or a new home for the ‘Bridge?

Another Point of View, Stalybridge Celtic AFC

On Thursday (23 February), over a hundred people went to hear about Stalybridge Celtic’s vision for 2020 and beyond. In the packed social club at Bower Fold, Celtic chairman Rob Gorski outlined plans for the club’s future development. With some people having to stand up, the after effects of Storm Doris didn’t affect last night’s turnout. Continue reading Stalybridge Celtic’s 2020 Vision

Stagecoach’s Little & Often: A Bee Line Buzz for the 21st Century?

Stagecoach South East’s revival of high frequency minibuses

This time thirty years ago, the word on the streets of Wythenshawe, Dukinfield and Stockport were high frequency minibuses. In particular, Carlyle bodied minibuses with a yellow, black and red livery sporting a vinyl bee. Or the Ivecos and Fords of GM Buses’ Little Gem services. Continue reading Stagecoach’s Little & Often: A Bee Line Buzz for the 21st Century?

Forgotten Rail Journeys: York to Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth

A look at the long forgotten overnight train from Yorkshire to Mid Wales

86012 at Crewe 1979
Going Postal: 86 012 seen at Crewe station. Image by Steve Jones, 28 September 1979.

Till fairly recently, a lot of our post was delivered via rail with road for the last mile journeys to sorting offices. Before Railnet’s last hurrah for the Travelling Post Office, the TPO trains were a common feature of our railways. Mainline stations had dedicated platforms for the Royal Mail trains (platform 17 at Manchester Victoria station was one example). For a slight premium (an extra penny on a stamp), you could post your letters through the post box of a stationary TPO train. Continue reading Forgotten Rail Journeys: York to Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth

Second City Crossing Opens On 26 February

End of month sees arrival of important link between St. Peter’s Square and Victoria

Shortly after the February half term holidays, a short yet important of the Metrolink system will open. The Second City Crossing (or 2CC for short) will offer a fast link from St. Peter’s Square to Victoria railway station with only one intermediate stop. At present, the only section of the 2CC that is open is the spur from Victoria to Exchange Square. Continue reading Second City Crossing Opens On 26 February

Tintwistle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (February 2017)

Another sparkling display from Tintwistle Band

What can be said about any concert under the tutelage of Sarah Groarke-Booth other than its sleek programme? On a freezing February night, some hardy souls (this reviewer included) braved the zero celsius temperatures for the warm reception of an iconic brass banding venue. Warming the otherwise frozen audience was another sound Tintwistle performance.
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The 29 Which Clocked Up 797 Years

Labour MP honours longstanding Stagecoach Manchester employees

Long service awards, 2017.
797 Not Out: This year’s recipients of Stagecoach Manchester’s Long Service Awards. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd., 2017.

29 members of staff have been thanked for notching up a splendid 797 years of service in the bus industry, at Stagecoach Manchester’s annual Long Service Awards.

As usual, the company’s long service awards recognise employees who have worked with Stagecoach Manchester and its predecessors for 20 years or more. Particular commendation went to Peter Sumner and driver, John Ward. Both employees have worked for 45 years. Back then, Sunglow Orange and the Lazy S of SELNEC was all the rage.
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Dobcross Youth Band: Sunday Afternoon Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Stunning performance kicks off 2017 concert season

Having the honour of opening this year’s programme of concerts at Boarshurst Band Club was a fairly well known local band. One a short bus or taxi ride from the venue, and one of the finest youth bands in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Daytrip to Mottram (79)
“He painted Salford’s smoky tops on cardboard boxes from the shops (and parts of Ancoats where I used to play)”. Image by Rept0n1x, 2014 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Ashton busks for the homeless;
  • Dukinfield takes the iTrain;
  • Queues outside Denton’s new Wilko store.

January has been a fairly mixed bag in terms of retail movements on what is a quiet month. Livening up the streets of Ashton late last month was a few all-round good guys on Warrington Street.

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Vernon Building Society Poynton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Poynton Band opens 2017 Sunday Brass programme with great style

Last night [29 January], VBS Poynton Band had the honour of opening this year’s programme of evening concerts at Boarshurst Band Club. The North East Cheshire band have been promoted to the Championship Section this season. They proved their worth in the venue, colloquially known as The Mecca of Brass Banding. For the same price as two pints of lager in the club, the audience were treated to a wonderful night of music.

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The Glory Days of the Payphone

A look at Tameside’s payphones, past and present

Telephone
When Vince Met Giles: two K6 telephone boxes in central Manchester, seen outside the Town Hall Extension. A chance meeting between a creation by Vincent Harris and two of Giles Gilbert Scott’s finest. One of Tameside’s best known K6 boxes is the one on Bow Street and Market Street behind Ashton-under-Lyne’s indoor market hall. Image by Ian Livesey, 05 March 2016 (Public Domain).

In the last thirty years, the way we kept in contact with our friends and loved ones have changed dramatically. In 1987, having a mobile phone meant you were: 1) pretty loaded; 2) the head of a drugs cartel; or 3) a bodybuilder able to pick up the damn thing. Whilst City types were cavorting in and out of London in flash cars with car phones, the average Ashtonian struggled to find ten pence for the phone box outside Woolworths.

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