At Your Inconvenience: A Random Selection of Lost Public Toilets

Alternate Title: ‘Cry, Little Cistern (from The Lost Bogs official soundtrack album)’

Pristine Privies, Corporation Pier, Kingston-upon-Hull
Civic Pride: the public toilets on Corporation Pier, Kingston-upon-Hull. Which, on my visit in 2008, included one of Philip Larkin’s works by the urinals. Before 1981, passengers alighting the ferry from Holland Pier would use the facilities. Then came the Humber Suspension Bridge which has, no doubt, had an affect on its footfall.

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. Continue reading “At Your Inconvenience: A Random Selection of Lost Public Toilets”

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Montague Does One… Burton Quits Ashton

End of an era as Staveleigh Way shop closes at end of January

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Burton’s Staveleigh Way branch: 1967 – 2015.

 

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). Its sister retailer, Dorothy Perkins too, will cease trading from the same address. Continue reading “Montague Does One… Burton Quits Ashton”

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.
Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400 MX57 DZF, Armentieres Square, Stalybridge
If approved on Friday’s meeting, there may be no 236s after 7pm. Again, here’s another chance to see MX57 DZF, an Enviro400 on the 236 service from Glossop to Ashton in Armentieres Square, Stalybridge.

April 12, 2015 could see the most comprehensive changes to parts of Tameside’s bus network since the split of GM Buses. Owing to Treasury imposed departmental cuts, Transport for Greater Manchester, with great reluctance has had to make cutbacks to the bus routes it subsidises. Continue reading “Tameside Service Changes Special: Swingeing Cuts Planned for Spring”

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 goings-on at Furchester Hotel, they bring joy to many of us. Sometimes they can get away with things that human actors couldn’t do. Or upstage them. Continue reading “Television Puppet Stars Through the Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Liverpool and Manchester Bus Drivers Cycle Their Way for Charity

Stagecoach Manchester and Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire drivers race for charity

Cycling Francis House
All Power to the Pedal: Stagecoach drivers riding their way for a good cause. (Photograph © 2015 Tangerine PR Ltd)

 

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. Continue reading “Liverpool and Manchester Bus Drivers Cycle Their Way for Charity”

Over 551 Years Experience: The Hyde Road Nineteen

Stagecoach Manchester staff from Ardwick depot recognised for long service

Seen at The Lowry Hotel, the nineteen longest serving members of staff from Hyde Road depot.
Seen at The Lowry Hotel, the nineteen longest serving members of staff from Hyde Road depot. (Photograph © 2015 Tangerine P.R. Ltd.)

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. Continue reading “Over 551 Years Experience: The Hyde Road Nineteen”

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. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… along the Etherow Valley”

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

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Image Is Everything: the slick graphics of the Tweed Brewing Company, fast becoming a familiar sight throughout the North West.

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 court younger drinkers aged 18 – 35 – the biggest growth area for cask conditioned ale. Before and after the interview, we had a look around the brewery itself, and I sampled half a pint of Black Shire Stout (4.5%), their latest addition.

On Friday [09 January 2015], yours truly spoke to Sam Ward, the founder of Tweed Brewing Co. Also his father and cofounder Dave Ward (a former firefighter who has made the transition from one pump to another), head brewer Anthony Lewis.
Continue reading “The East of the M60 Interview: Tweed Brewing Co., Newton”

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.
Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400 MX57 DZF, Armentieres Square, Stalybridge
Much of this winter’s service changes come from Stagecoach Manchester, who are restructuring the former Bluebird and JPT services. Seen here is MX57 DZF, an Enviro400 on the 236 service from Glossop to Ashton in Armentieres Square, Stalybridge.

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 been affected. Routes in the latter category are probably likely to change this April; not only in Greater Manchester but after the results of Derbyshire County Council’s consultation which expired on Christmas Eve. Continue reading “Oldham and Tameside Service Changes, 25 January 2015: Derker and Denton at the Sharp End”

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