Tram-tastic Record Broken by International Metro Racer

69 station network completed in just over five hours

Droylsden bound tram, Piccadilly
From station to station back to Radcliffe and Bury, meet Danny Boyle and Gary Neville…

Adham Fisher who has attempted the Guinness World Record for visiting every station on the London Underground as quickly as possible (Tube Challenge) 15 times, similarly navigated the new 69-station configuration of the Metrolink in just five hours, six minutes and 17 seconds on Wednesday 29 May, which is believed to be the current fastest time. With the closure of Mosley Street on 18 May and the latest extension to East Didsbury opening on 23 May, Fisher wanted to launch an attempt as soon as possible because records are reset when a network gains or loses stations. Continue reading “Tram-tastic Record Broken by International Metro Racer”

Now! That’s What I Call a List of Now! That’s What I Call Music Predecessors: The Not So Perfect Ten

In a galaxy far far away, before a pig, Gary Crowley and Brian Glover introduced us to a seminal series of compilation albums

The Now! That’s What I Call Music series of compilations have been going for 30 years. We not only have Sir Richard Branson to thank for this, but another person who made this possible: Ashley Abram. Continue reading “Now! That’s What I Call a List of Now! That’s What I Call Music Predecessors: The Not So Perfect Ten”

The Tinned Pie’s The Limit: Convenience Food Guilty Pleasures: Feast of the M60

East of the M60 is now 667 posts old, therefore as a consequence our previous post was the six hundred and sixty-sixth post (a.k.a The Number of the Beast).

Thanks to the joys of Whit Friday, The Neighbour of the Beast (O.K., I know some pedant may say 668 is the Neighbour of the Beast given the odd/even nature of our streets) will be allocated the ‘…From Hell’ type post originally diagrammed for 666.

And if we really want to be truly pedantic, we could claim this post to be Post 666 as the first post was a common and garden ‘Hello, I’m Stuart Vallantine, and I’m the genius behind East of the M60‘. So to speak, ‘to Hell with it…’

Sit back, relax, pour yourself a glass of water and add two Alka Seltzer (highly unrecommended on species of the avian kind).

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In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013

From Mossley to Uppermill and Greenfield, The Greatest Free Show on Earth in pictorial form

Through rain, Arctic winds and – on Friday night – in a big coat, East of the M60 celebrated Whit Friday in style. Several pints (well, 4.5 of them), a Pork Pie, two semi-rushed ham salad muffins, and a portion of Special Fried Rice with chips and curry later, here’s  the results… Continue reading “In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013”

Whit Friday 2013 Results: Tameside Contests

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

Foden’s continue to sweep the board in Tameside

At all but the Dukinfield, Denton and Heyrod contests, Foden’s picked up top prizes throughout the borough. In Tame Valley, they were eluded by the Vernon Building Society. The top prize went to Rothwell Temperance Band in the Heyrod contest, which had the most bands in Tameside. At the Denton Cricket Club contest, East Yorkshire Motor Services band were winners. Foden’s were also runners-up at the Denton, Dukinfield and Heyrod contests.

Stalybridge Old Band picked up Third Section prizes at the Broadoak Hotel and Droylsden (Bush Inn) contests and came third in the Tameside Local Championships. Mossley Band came fourth at the Broadoak Hotel and won the Best Second Section prize at the Top Mossley contest.

Foden’s picked up the £2,500 prize for the Tameside Open Championship with Rothwell Temperance picking up £1,000 for second place. Ashton-under-Lyne came third in the Tameside Open Championship (£750) and first in the Tameside Local Championship.

As with last year, Tameside Radio sponsored this year’s contests, with individual prizes sponsored by local businesses.

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Whit Friday 2013 Results: Saddleworth Contests

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

Brighouse and Rastrick top dog in Saddleworth

This year, Brighouse and Rastrick took top honours at the Saddleworth contests, winning at Delph, Dobcross, Greenfield, Scouthead and Austerlands and Uppermill. It wasn’t quite the clean sweep which Foden’s had in the Tameside contests. Hepworth won at Greenacres, with top honours going to Oldham (Lees) Band at the Grotton contest.

Brighouse and Rastrick won the Saddleworth and Oldham District Championship (£2,500) with Fairey in second place (£1,000). The best local band prize in the Saddleworth and Oldham District Championship went to Marsden Silver (£750).

As usual, the atmosphere along Chew Valley Road was electric. The Arctic style winds which dogged that morning’s Whit Walks disappeared, with some showers till 6pm. Among the creative deportment pieces was Blame It on the Boogie, which was played by Hade Edge band. Delph Youth band’s deportment piece was Katy Perry’s Firework – a far cry from Army of the Nile but a well arranged piece nonetheless. Towards the end of proceedings, Tartan Brass arrived wearing kilts before playing their contest march, The Contestor.

Last year on East of the M60, we said that Scouthead and Austerlands’ last contest would have been last year. We are happy to have learned otherwise, as this year’s contest saw 65 bands – up seven on last year. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2013 Results: Saddleworth Contests”

Another Green World, Made Possible By The 192

Stagecoach Manchester Green Week, 03 – 07 June 2013

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Enviro400H seen loading at Piccadilly Gardens (photograph © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd)

The environment is something we cannot take for granted, whether it’s our cold springtime or the state of our immediate surroundings. Continue reading “Another Green World, Made Possible By The 192”

Brass Band Marches: A Crib Sheet to the Pieces Played on Whit Friday

An easy to digest guide on the Whit Friday march pieces

Newcomers, and even some hardened visitors to the Whit Friday brass band contests may be at a loss as to which piece is which. East of the M60‘s crib sheet will help you with reference to each piece and its composers. Continue reading “Brass Band Marches: A Crib Sheet to the Pieces Played on Whit Friday”

Whit Friday 2013: The Other Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Seven days to go till The Greatest Free Show on Earth

Hopefully this coming Friday, you should be spending the best part of your evening enjoying what I call ‘The Greatest Free Show on Earth’. This is a view shared by many people in and around the Saddleworth villages and parts of Tameside. It is also an event which I consider to be an equal to, or superior to Christmas. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2013: The Other Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

A Modernist Mooch Around Oldham Town Centre

Modernist architecture within Oldham Town Centre

For me, Oldham town centre has a lot to answer for in fostering my love of post-1945 architecture. The much derided St. Peter’s Precinct and its Civic Centre were my catalyst and the start of a love affair with the sculptural properties of reinforced concrete. Today, I know I’m in Oldham if I see the latter building. Most of this is thanks to the County Borough of Oldham’s one time architect Tom Cartlidge.

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