Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas from East of the M60

A Christmas Card for all our readers


Well, we only have eight days left of 2015 to enjoy. You know what that means: enjoy the last eight days. Drink sensibly and happy feasting. If you can find anything on the ol’ telebox this Yuletide, good luck to you!

Before you rush off to open your presents tomorrow or mourn the passing of Downton Abbey (I know of two Downton Abbey lovers who will be a little emotional by 11pm on Christmas Day):

  • The 330 and 409 will be running a limited service on Boxing Day (half hourly during shopping hours), along with the 201, 216 and 219;
  • The Boxing Day 330 will be advantageous for Hyde United fans heading to Hurst Cross for their fixture against Ashton United (either you can take a cab to the ground or walk up Kings Road via Turner Lane from Ashton bus station);
  • It may be double fare or Tariff 3 on the local taxis for ‘Bridge fans watching Curzon Ashton at the Tameside Stadium (wrap up warm: The Nash’s humble abode is freezing in the summer months, let alone winter);
  • You cannot escape the furniture adverts on ITV. Or the rerun of Chas’n’Dave’s Christmas Knees-Up on Five (originally shown on ITV in 1982, a London Weekend Television production);
  • Timeshifting your Christmas viewing will prove to be a useful ally, especially if you like Downton Abbey and Still Open All Hours.

If any of Hyde United’s and Stalybridge Celtic’s fixtures with Ashton United and Curzon Ashton’s fixtures go ahead, enjoy the game. If you’re going to Curzon, there’s also a Foodbank Collection prior to the game which is worth supporting (please bring something decent!).

Apart from all that, East of the M60 wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. May your Christmas be wet (very likely) and tinged with real ale.

S.V., 24 December 2015.


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