Did I Really Want One of Those? East of the M60’s 2013 Advent Calendar

The presents of Christmas’ past , ‘yours at the Special TV Offer Price of just £29.99…’ From the 01 December 2013 right up to Christmas Eve, East of the M60’s second Advent Calendar (because 2012 was an Advent Quiz) will take a different dimension. This time, it will celebrate/ridicule the type of stuff we requested for Christmas. Most…

EX30 and Beyond: Greater Manchester and the Leyland National

How Leyland’s revolutionary single decker began 42 years of National service within Greater Manchester For your maximum enjoyment, this article is best read in conjunction with the Not So Perfect Ten article on Experimental SELNEC and GMT Buses Since 1969. Thank you. For many people, 1971 meant Decimalisation, hot pants and T-Rex. In the bus…

Double Delight for Stagecoach Manchester at 18th UK Bus Awards

Greater Manchester operator wins Best UK Operator and Best City Operator awards The eighteenth UK Bus Awards was a memorable one for Stagecoach Manchester, who walked away with two awards at London’s prestigious Hilton Hotel [Park Lane] today. GMS Buses’ forerunners have already been commended and have won smaller awards in previous events. This time, they have…

Down Our Streets #2: Along Self Aggrandisement Avenue

Two streets named after building systems Every town centre has a number of streets named after local councillors, MPs and landmarks. Some housing estates have streets named after picturesque locations or battles (for instance, Tintern or Gallipoli).

Forty Not Out! Stagecoach Manchester Employees Recognised For Long Service

Greater Manchester bus employees honoured in annual awards dinner Thirty-nine members of staff have been recognised at Stagecoach Manchester’s annual Long Service Awards, where they celebrated more than 1,200 years collective service. They were honoured at the Lowry Hotel, Salford and congratulated by former GMPTE chief Roger Jones with a gift of their own choice.

In Pictures Special: Hello to Rochdale Interchange

East of the M60 visits Rochdale’s new bus station This Sunday saw a new chapter in Rochdale’s transport history with the opening of Rochdale Interchange’s bus station. It improves on its predecessor with twelve stands under one roof, and an entrance with waiting area – ideal for Town Taxi’s cabs and the forthcoming Metrolink line…

Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 3. Ashfield Valley, Rochdale

The foolish man built his house upon the marsh… If you visited Rochdale in the mid to late 1970s and had an interest in modernist and brutalist architecture, you were in for a treat. As well as its soon to be demolished bus station, you could place its brown clad shopping centre. You knew you…

Experimental SELNEC and GMT Buses Since 1969: The Not So Perfect Ten

Non-standard vehicle types of the SELNEC and Greater Manchester Transport eras When SELNEC came to being on the 01 November 1969, it inherited a mix of different vehicles from its precursors. Its biggest constituent brought us the Mancunian style Leyland Atlanteans and Daimler Fleetlines, whereas its smallest one would order the last front engine double…

Ringway Brewery Cleared For Westminster

Reddish brewery’s bitter set for House of Commons bar Another one of our local breweries is set to grace the Commons’ bar. This week, it will be the turn of Reddish’s Ringway Brewery.

The Duffers’ Guide to Watching Tribute Acts

East of the M60’s cut-out-and-keep guide on how to watch your favourite group or singer immortalised by another one. Saturday 21st July 1990, in the living room of East of the M60 Towers (well it would have been East of the A627 back then as the M60 wasn’t finished till October 2000), one of Granada…

Here We Go a Cob-Coaling…

East of the M60 on a Bonfire Night tradition once practiced in and around Tameside “We come a Cob-coaling for Bonfire time, Your coal and your money we hope to enjoy. Fal-a-dee, fal-a-die, fal-a-diddly-i-do-day. For down in yon’ cellar there’s an owd umberella And up on yon’ cornish there’s an owd pepperpot. Pepperpot! Pepperpot! Morning…