Hazel Grove Goes Green: Electric Hybrids Reach the 192 Route

Popular service sees environmentally friendlier buses along the A6 A £11.3 million investment over the next three months, will see the introduction of 40 brand new hybrid vehicles. Stagecoach Manchester announced its investment into the busy 192 service ahead of the introduction of the first 12 buses, on Friday 1st February.

HS2 Northern Section: East of the M60’s Verdict

East of the M60 on the High Speed Two proposals East of the M60 would like to apologise for the late arrival of this article and the inconvenience this has caused to your reading. So, £32 billion for a thousand or so miles of high speed track, new trains and new stations? Sounds good to…

Once Seen, Seldom Ventured: Britannia Park, Ilkeston, Derbyshire

The first of a series of forgotten and unsuccessful tourist attractions on East of the M60 As we get older, memories aren’t the only thing which fade from view. In time, our schools will close. Bus routes will change, tourist attractions will change or close, and friends leave us. Some of which may have fond…

Returning to Analogue Photography: 1. Starting Out

An East of the M60 partwork for 2013: a refresher course and beginners’ guide to using film cameras Digital photography is convenient. You can just save your images onto a computer, memory card or post them on your favourite social networking site. You can even use your own printer, but in spite of all these…

Lost Cinemas of Greater Manchester: The Not So Perfect Ten

Forgotten flea pits, lost Empires and expired Essolodoes Elsewhere on the blog and Stalybridge Town’s Facebook page, there has been much talk about restoring cinematic entertainment in Stalybridge. Today, only a minority of cinemas are situated in pre-1980s purpose built facilities thanks to the multiplex’s popularity. In Greater Manchester, the Regent in Marple is alone…

Once Upon a Breakfast Time in the North West…

My life betwixt 30 years of breakfast television I was quite a hyperactive child in 1983. Unlike today, I had no trouble getting up early in the morning. This wasn’t down to my eagerness of going to the Hollings Lodge playgroup (God rest its little stone built soul now replaced by inferior brick built semis!),…

Banishing the January Blues: Doing Good and Feeling Good

Add a Rosy Tint to the January Blues by Volunteering to Help Others As 21 January – labelled the most depressing day of the year hits, Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is calling on people across the North of England to give Blue Monday a rosy glow by volunteering their time at a local community group…

Rewind and Return Before 2013: Farewell to the Video Shop

East of the M60’s rewind to the glory days of video hire shops Thirty years ago, the home video recorder was our answer to the iPad or smartphone. It was an object of desire, but this very object of desire would cost about £500. Prerecorded cassettes were around £20 – £25, with recordable tapes slightly…

Tameside Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2013

Retiming order of the day instead of radical changes to network Our first set of changes for the New Year is a mere tinkering at the edges with bus’ biggest competitor, the motor car, its main problem. As a consequence, this season’s set of changes are mainly light tweaks to timetables, most of which slight…

In Pictures: The Redevelopment of Stalybridge Station

Stalybridge railway station’s remodelling work, over the space of a year Last autumn, we had an update on the remodelling works at Stalybridge railway station. Following my last proper visit, I kept my promise of making another visit in the new year. So far, most of the work has been completed. The only exception to this…

Paints Not Pints: Stalybridge’s Call to Arts

Inside Stalybridge’s cultural revolution Stalybridge, 2001: the opening of continental style bars, prompted by the restoration of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, and liberalised opening hours of licensed premises, saw a change in image for the Cheshire town. Its convivial atmosphere led to the town being dubbed ‘StalyVegas’, though some thought its nickname came from its…