Boarshurst Book Cheltenham Final Date

Third place spot at Winter Gardens guarantees place in National Finals

Boarshurst Silver Band have booked their place in the National Finals on the 17 – 18 September. Due to take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham, Section 1 to 4 bands alongside Boarshurst will compete for national success within their sections.

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Stalybridge Micro Pub’s Mega Impact

Bridge Beers’ opening weekend exceeds expectations

Bridge Beers interior shot, ground floor (2)
A view of the ground floor interior from the bar.

Bridge Beers, Stalybridge’s new addition to the town centre’s retail mix, opened its doors on Friday [26 February] to a packed house. The new micro pub on Melbourne Street as crowds flocked to the new establishment.
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A Look Back to the ’90s: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten ‘So 1990s’ footnotes in popular culture

Farmcraft, Mapperley, Ilkeston, 12 March 1990
The Sometimes Slightly Narked Bus Hopping Nerd is seen slightly obscured from view in this image, identifiable by a two-tone blue coat. These are the classmates from my old school at the (now gone) Farmcraft camp on Mundy Farm, Mapperley, near Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Oh, and this image was snapped by Jeni Mobbs (late of the Ewing School) on the 12 March 1990.

Where has the time gone? This time 26 years ago, the creator of this blog was having his tea in front of Granada Tonight. Being a Wednesday, yours truly would be drawing in front of Coronation Street or The Ron Lucas Show.The year was 1990. I was back at the Ewing School after half term holidays. Within the first few days of 1990 I knew change was on the horizon. Secondary school was only months away. Continue reading “A Look Back to the ’90s: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Countdown to Blackpool: The North West Regional Championship Preview

Boarshurst Band Club, 21 February 2016

Four Saddleworth bands could land a place in the National Finals if they succeed in the North West Regional Championships at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. This coming Sunday [28 February] will see Delph, Greenfield, Boarshurst Silver and Uppermill bands competing for a place in the nationals. Two Saddleworth bands, Delph and Greenfield, were among five brass bands at a preview evening in Boarshurst Band Club last Sunday. Continue reading “Countdown to Blackpool: The North West Regional Championship Preview”

Stalybridge Town Cinema’s Second 2016 Feature: The Jersey Boys

A look at The Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood’s biopic of Frankie Valli’s group

Late February, back in ’16 (no, the title doesn’t scan right, too many syllables in February). Tuesday, 23 February will see Stalybridge Town Cinema’s second flick of 2016. After the escapism of the Greek islands and wedded bliss, tomorrow’s presentation is quite a difference.
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Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages

Four ages of Ashton-under-Lyne’s 1960s precinct

The Ladysmith Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne
The Ladysmith Shopping Centre, photographed with a 50 year-old camera on Ilford XP2 35mm film, in February 2013.

Contrary to popular belief, the Ladysmith Shopping Centre wasn’t Ashton’s first pedestrianised precinct. Stamford Arcade (from Old Street to Stamford Street), Clarence Arcade (again on Stamford Street), and Market Avenue (from the Earl of Stamford’s street up to Bow Street) beat Metrolands’ development to it. Continue reading “Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages”

Less Remembered 1980s Children’s Programmes #2: Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It

A look at the 1980s children’s comedy series

We received a call from 1985 at East of the M60 HQ. All we did was enter a few numbers into our Prestel account. Instead, it gave us details about the Manchester Victoria trains to Leeds. I knew in 1985 this meant Class 45s and Mark II carriages.

“Goody” I thought “Stalybridge to Leeds on a proper train.” Then I looked on the teletext style graphics. Three words of doom:

Rail Replacement Buses.

Rail replacement buses between Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge. That meant trains via Calder Valley. “Oh well” I thought “There’s always the 220 or 221.” Then my father saw the screen. The first words he uttered was:

“Your Mother wouldn’t like it…”

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Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Award winning fourth section band’s first Boarshurst concert of 2016

Just before the run-up to Christmas, Sale Brass gave the Boarshurst faithful a most entertaining concert. Shortly before the interval, among its most memorable pieces was The Children of Sanchez by Chuck Mangione (1979). Making the night just as special was the affable Alan Seymour.

For their first Boarshurst concert of 2016, it was another good night. Mr. Seymour opted for a light-hearted second half with a traditional programme in the first half. In part, this was influenced by his North Eastern upbringing.
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Tates Travel Ceases Trading

Barnsley based independent bus company ceases operations after liquidation

Tates Travel, formed in 2003, ceased operation of all stage carriage services this Monday at 4pm. The family run bus and coach operator based in Barugh Green had a fleet of 39 buses, which had been cut to 22 this year. Throughout West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, they operated a number of commercial and tendered services. On summer weekends, this included the 951 service from Glossop to Huddersfield via Holme Moss and Holmfirth. Continue reading “Tates Travel Ceases Trading”

Latitude Brass Quintet: Five Star Performance in Debut Concert

RNCM students’ first ever concert at Boarshurst Band Club captivates

At 8pm a quintet of Royal Northern College of Music students took their positions at the Boarshurst Band Club to perform their first ever concert. Known as the Latitude Brass Quintet, the bandsmen had only been going for a month in this guise.

As part of their course at the RNCM, the syllabus entails the formation of a musical group. Instead of a chamber music group, they eschewed harps for cornets and formed a brass ensemble. By 9.35pm, their work paid off. It was a great start with a nice balance between popular and classical music in their programme.

On some occasions, you had to pinch yourself and wonder if there was five or 33 players.
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