Christmas Movie Magic at Hazel Grove Park and Ride

£2,300 raised for triple bill of festive family favourites

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Sunday night at the movies: Elf seen on the screens at Hazel Grove Park and Ride.

Festive film magic lit up Hazel Grove Park and Ride last weekend, as Stagecoach Manchester raised more than £2,300 for Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention with a festive themed drive-in movie event. Continue reading “Christmas Movie Magic at Hazel Grove Park and Ride”

East of the M60’s 2015 Advent Calendar is…

Based on one of our most popular posts

Once upon a time – three years ago to be precise, a series of posts on defunct retail chains became an immediate hit on East of the M60. The first one, entitled The Lost Precinct: An A-Z of Defunct Retailers led to two very successful spin-offs focusing on the lost shops in a Tameside context. Continue reading “East of the M60’s 2015 Advent Calendar is…”

Next Year at Stalybridge Town Cinema…

A preview of the community cinema’s next features for 2016

After a storming 2015 in the Stalybridge Town Cinema, details of the coming year’s programme have been revealed.
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Cuts Scene Investigation: The Devil in the Devolved Detail

Genuine constitutional reform or devolved spending cuts?

As predicted in yesterday’s entry, the Tax Credits U-Turn made the front pages of every English newspaper known to man. Unless you opened today’s copies of the Northern English newspapers, there was very little about devolution. Or at least, more specifically, the devolution of Business Rates.
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The 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement: East of the M60’s Verdict

Praise for tax credits and police u-turn, but privatised schools, dastardly cuts and opposition party funding changes tell real story

Messrs Corbyn and McDonnell could claim a partial victory as plans to introduce cuts to tax credit payments have been scrapped. As well as criticism against the cuts by Labour and SNP MPs, 20 Conservative party MPs including David Davis (Howden and Haltemprice) were also against the plans.
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Hair to Ale: Stalybridge’s Future Micro Pub

Unisex hairdressers set for conversion to Bridge Beers’ new public house

In an era where pubs tend to close in our borough (and, 9/10ths of the time, face depubification), one place is set to reverse that trend. Cream, a unisex hair salon on 55, Melbourne Street, Stalybridge could become the town’s first micro pub. Continue reading “Hair to Ale: Stalybridge’s Future Micro Pub”

Hazel Grove Park and Ride’s Festive Film Treat

Triple bill of festive family favourites at 192 terminus

On the first Sunday in Advent [29 November 2015], Stagecoach Manchester will be turning part of their Hazel Grove Park and Ride facility into a drive-in cinema. In aid of the company’s charity for 2015, Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, it will play host to three festive flicks across its 400 space car park. Continue reading “Hazel Grove Park and Ride’s Festive Film Treat”

Red Rocket Returns for Christmas

X70 relaunched with extra Preston to Manchester journeys

Another chapter in the turbulent history of the X70 Red Rocket Express will be written on the 21 November. Catch22Bus, successors to Classic Bus North West, will relaunch the service with extra journeys from Preston to Manchester.

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Stalybridge Town Cinema’s November Film: Shirley Another Good Turnout?

A look at Shirley Valentine, the fledgling cinema’s next feature

This time of the year is good cinemagoing weather. With outdoor pursuits out of the question over this week’s windy and soggy weather, it is a good time for sitting in front of the haunted fish tank. Better still, a good time for doing the same communally, in front of the cordial atmosphere of Stalybridge Town Cinema.

For its November feature is the film Shirley Valentine. Based on the Willy Russell play, we see the titular character played by Pauline Collins embark on a unforgettable holiday.
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The Road Least Travelled: The 535 to Winter Hill

Our look at a largely overlooked Bolton bus route

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Seen pulling in to Bolton Moor Lane Bus Station is T806 RFG, an East Lancashire bodied Dennis Trident. Photograph by Ian Roberts (Creative Commons License – Attribution Non-Commercial)

Winter Hill. It is a place that conjures up images of local radio and television. It is the de facto County Top of Granadaland where Granada’s pictures could be picked up as far as North Wales and part of Staffordshire. It is also great for exploring Rivington Pike and Lever Park. Continue reading “The Road Least Travelled: The 535 to Winter Hill”