A new social club at Bower Fold or a new home for the ‘Bridge?
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→
A look at the long forgotten overnight train from Yorkshire to Mid Wales
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→
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→
Labour MP honours longstanding Stagecoach Manchester employees
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. Continue reading The 29 Which Clocked Up 797 Years→
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.
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.
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.