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Hazel Grove Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 19 March 2023

Highly entertaining concert with a wealth of lively pieces

Britain ten years ago was a completely different beast to that of 2023. Back then you could buy a copy of the Radio Times, a packet of crisps and a Dairy Milk, and still have change from a fiver. Back then, you could still get a bus to Saddleworth and depend on the trains on Whit Friday.

It was ten years ago when Hazel Grove Brass Band last did a concert at Boarshurst Band Club. On the 19th March 2023, they made up for lost time with a delightful concert. A concert with nineteen (yes, a bumper nineteen) programme items – an enjoyable mix of classic pieces and new additions to the programme.

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Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Neurodiverse (Be Heard)

A long weekend of celebrating difference in the workplace

I have just found out that last week was Neurodiversity Week (13th to 19th March 2023). It was marked by a series of virtual events celebrating people with autism spectrum conditions, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Dyslexia. My source of information came from the Tameside Reporter, a journal which yours truly is familiar with as a sporadic reader, a contributor, and on two occasions, a job interview candidate.

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Tintwistle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (12 March 2023)

First class concert with well thought out programme

In their first concert since the Regional Finals, Tintwistle Band gave its audience a most enjoyable concert at The Mecca of Brass Banding. One with an excellent, well rounded programme with nailed-on classics and a couple of surprises.

Since Andrew Mallon became Musical Director of Tintwistle Band, the band has never failed to deliver a traditional yet engaging concert programme. Whilst being traditional, each concert has offered the listener something new for their ears.

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Twelve Days That Shook The World

The long awaited follow up to A Comeback Special of Sorts

Following the success of the previous article, we have a follow-up. A companion piece which covers my last two weeks following my return to work.

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Stockport Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 05 March 2023

Sparkling debut as MD for Nicki in vibrant concert

The lighter nights are coming, the weather’s getting better for walking if you discount the impending chill that’s coming along shortly. Giving us the same vibrancy and colour as crocuses in flower at this time of year is one of Stockport Silver Band’s concerts.

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A Comeback Special of Sorts

Ever wondered what the creator of this blog has been up to lately? Read this!

Dear Reader,

It has quite a while since I have posted any new and exciting content on East of the M60. We usually have one or two posts a week. In the last three weeks, we have only had one post. As yours truly and this blog prides itself on transparency, I shall explain myself.

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Greater Manchester’s Railway Stations: Less Accessible Than Those in the Scottish Highlands

Twice as many potential passengers lacking step free access at local stations

Greater Manchester seems to have had a rough deal with its railways over the last five years. Over the last five decades, it has more than its fair share of broken promises, from the cancellation of The Picc-Vic Project to today’s meddling with the HS2 project. In the 1990s, we were promised Regional Eurostar trains but we thought the market wasn’t there in the late 1990s thanks to easyJet, Ryanair and Friends. In more recent times, sleepers and international services are having a bit of a revival in mainland Europe.

Today, a simple train trip from Ashton-under-Lyne to Mossley can be an ordeal. Since 2018, you have had to change at Stalybridge (and the connections are pretty tight). Even Stalybridge to Mossley can be an ordeal if you have restricted mobility or a wheelchair. You have to change at Huddersfield due to stepped access on the Yorkshire platform!

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Westoe Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (05 February 2023)

Classy performance by South Tyneside band in swan song for musical director

All was happy in the Chew valley last night as Westoe Brass Band gave its live and streamed audience another great concert from Boarshurst Band Club. For the regulars who braved the cold conditions on foot, the warmest of receptions could be found, to the tunes of Cole Porter, Paul Lovatt-Cooper and Lionel Richie to name a few.

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Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band, 29 January 2023: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Accessible programme and a trio of tremendous solos open new season in style

Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band opened 2023 in style at Boarshurst Band Club with an easy going and likeable concert on Sunday. Throughout each concert, one of the world’s oldest brass bands have never failed to entertain nor captivate the audience.

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The Trans-Pennine Ten Pound Challenge

Can you cross the Pennines by bus for a tenner?

With the £2.00 single fare in full swing on our buses, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to some weird and wonderful places for the price of a red top tabloid’s holiday offer. As well as offering great savings on a bog-standard journey from Preston to Walton-le-Dale, it offers potential for lengthier trips if you don’t mind travelling at a more leisurely pace.

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