It Happened One Night in Friezland: A Special Hallowe’en Short Story for 2014

East of the M60’s second short story for All Hallow’s Eve Any reference to persons, public houses or cultural references, living or dead are purely coincidental. Thank you. For many people, Smallshaw doesn’t lend itself to beach bums and their ways. Though zorbing had been introduced to Stamford Park boating lake, Chadwick’s Dam was hardly Newquay. Nobody told Wendy,…

Rochdale and Ripponden Route Reprieved

528 route saved from withdrawal; Service renumbered, though with loss of evening journeys and cuts to Sunday service. A scenic cross-boundary bus route, following consultation with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has been given a reprieve. The 528 service, from Rochdale to Halifax via Ripponden, is the most direct bus route between the two towns. It passes…

The Night The Christmas Lights Went On In Old Street

Christmas lights switch-ons east of the M60 motorway, and more besides! With only weeks to go till Christmas, the highlight for most shoppers and shopkeepers is the local Christmas lights switch-on. From the big budget extravaganzas to traditional celebrations, the important of which cannot be underestimated in towns and villages the world over. Greater Manchester, including…

Cheadle Bus Driver Fourth Best in the UK

Stagecoach Manchester employee within Britain’s top ten bus people A third of UK Bus Driver of the Year finalists from Stagecoach; Two Stagecoach drivers finish in the top 10; 35 Stagecoach staff compete in national finals. A Cheadle bus driver came fourth in the UK Bus Driver of the Year Awards at the annual finals…

Lost from the Supermarket: A Trolley Load of Anachronisms

Several things which 21st century children will never see or hear in their local superstores Take a trip to a 21st century superstore, anywhere in the United Kingdom. Today’s stores are sprawling; some of which architecturally nondescript. Commonly, a great number have petrol stations and generous amounts of free parking.

In Praise of the Aggborough Pie Hut

Supporters’ survey fails to do justice to Murdoch’s delectable dishes Regular readers may be familiar with some of my ramblings on The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic®, whom I have followed home and away through thick, thin, thinner and thinnest of times. In nearly 20 years of supporting them, I have been to a fair number of grounds…

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: October 2014

More changes to the borough’s retail offerings Fashion discounter rises from the dead; Stalybridge hardware shop closure; Raja Brothers takes over March Hare; Three new eateries for Ashton Moss. So, how many shopping days to Christmas, now? If you’re already stuck for choice in terms of eating venues, Tameside is about to get a few more additions. Besides…

Tweet Me At The Corner (of Hyde Road)

Stagecoach Manchester’s novel approach for Customer Service Week Celebrating its annual Customer Service Week, Stagecoach Manchester held a live ‘Tweet the Directors” session, encouraging passengers to tweet about its services in Manchester, Wigan, Stockport, Trafford and Tameside. Using the hashtag #ScGMTTD14, passengers tweeted their comments, concerns and queries to managing director Christopher Bowles and operations…