At Your Inconvenience: A Random Selection of Lost Public Toilets

Alternate Title: ‘Cry, Little Cistern (from The Lost Bogs official soundtrack album)’ East of the M60 is privy to doing the odd unusual post. Though we have touched upon canine actors in Soapland and ticket machines, we can assure you that our latest one isn’t in this category. But it can be. Similarly, it isn’t.

Montague Does One… Burton Quits Ashton

End of an era as Staveleigh Way shop closes at end of January   Burton, nationwide purveyor of smart suits and casual menswear, is set to end a 90+ year association with Ashton-under-Lyne. The retailer, part of Philip Green’s Arcadia Group will close its Staveleigh Way branch on the 31 January 2015 (this coming Saturday)….

Tameside Service Changes Special: Swingeing Cuts Planned for Spring

Axe to fall on tendered services Dukinfield’s Mancunian way could be three return journeys on weekdays; Evening services to go on some Stalybridge routes; 343 to follow weekday route on full time basis. April 12, 2015 could see the most comprehensive changes to parts of Tameside’s bus network since the split of GM Buses. Owing to…

Television Puppet Stars Through the Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten

From Sooty to Hacker John Logie Baird demonstrated his early televisual experiments with a ventriloquist dummy’s head. On the 02 October 1925, his dummy’s head known as Stookie Bill, was used to demonstrate early television pictures. 90 years on, we still use puppetry to entertain viewers young and old. Whether it’s a mule and Annette Mills or the…

Liverpool and Manchester Bus Drivers Cycle Their Way for Charity

Stagecoach Manchester and Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire drivers race for charity   For most Mancunians or Liverpudlians, the rivalry between the two cities remain intense as ever. Most notably with the spherical game. Recently, bus drivers from both cities (almost) put aside these differences to raise money for their respective charities.

Over 551 Years Experience: The Hyde Road Nineteen

Stagecoach Manchester staff from Ardwick depot recognised for long service Nineteen bus employees from Stagecoach Manchester’s Hyde Road depot celebrated a collective 551 years of service at the company’s annual Long Service Awards, held last month.

Go Cheapway… along the Etherow Valley

Marple, Glossop and Hyde: by bus and train Only a short distance away from Hyde is the River Etherow. It forms the south-eastern boundary of Tameside, which is shares with Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council. On one side is Broadbottom, with Charlesworth on the other.

The East of the M60 Interview: Tweed Brewing Co., Newton

A quick half with Sam and Dave Ward, and Anthony Lewis, founders of Tameside’s newest microbrewery Just off the 346 route, in part of what used to be Weston Hyde’s base is a microbrewery that is making waves. Its upmarket approach has wowed drinkers young and old. Ultimately, they wish to experiment with new flavours and…

Oldham and Tameside Service Changes, 25 January 2015: Derker and Denton at the Sharp End

Commercial services reviewed in Denton and Oldham areas Significant changes for Denton passengers; Slight improvements on 350 service; 415 service extended to Greenacres, though with frequency reductions. This month’s set of changes are probably the most comprehensive we have seen since the demise of JPT Travel. Only this time, commercial services rather than tendered routes have…

Chorltonian Bus Boost: 29 New Enviro400s Unveiled

New version of popular double decker bus seen on 86 route over last month In late December, Stagecoach Manchester has unveiled 29 new double-decker buses, which will serve Chorlton and the South Manchester area. The investment, worth more than £5 million, in efficient, modern vehicles will improve the services for local people by providing increased…

Tameside F.C.? No Way, Pedro!

Why a combined borough-wide team may hinder rather than help Tameside: a product of the 1972 Local Government Act comprising of 210,000 residents, parts of three historical counties, and six senior level football teams with rivalries of their own. Devotees of the semi-professional game are spoilt for choice in the borough. Besides Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde FC, Droylsden, Ashton…