First Retreat: Could a Greater Manchester Depot Closure Be Next?

Second half slump in 2015 – 16 revenue growth could see First Greater Manchester down to five depots

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.
The Modern Face of First Greater Manchester: the last word in comfort lies in First Greater Manchester’s operations on the Leigh Guided Busway, under contract to Transport for Greater Manchester. Though results from the new scheme have yet to be unveiled, the company has seen a drop in growth for its 2015-16 third and fourth quarter figures.

Exceptionally wet weather, congestion and the rise of online shopping have been blamed for FirstGroup’s recent drop in revenue. As stated in Passenger Transport magazine, the last three months have had a grave effect on its figures. So much so that FirstGroup is considering the idea of closing a depot in Greater Manchester. Continue reading “First Retreat: Could a Greater Manchester Depot Closure Be Next?”

Slaithwaite Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Seventeen superb pieces from Slawit

A packed out Boarshurst Band Club bore witness to a superb concert with Slaithwaite Band. Among the regulars which frequent the Band Club was a sizeable turnout from Slaithwaite who made the short trip to the Saddleworth area. Throughout its seventeen pieces (including encore), was an entertaining programme, one which offered a mix of the popular and the traditional.
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Micklehurst-Based Band’s Junior Kick-Start

Incredible Plastic Street Band commences crowdsourcing campaign

The Incredible Plastic Street Band
Whit Friday, 2016: The Incredible Plastic Street Band seen on Manchester Road, Bottom Mossley, during their first Whit Walk – and first ever public performance. Should funding initiatives be successful, this could be the first of many Whit Walks. Who knows? Like Hattersley Brass, they could consider the Whit Friday Band Contest circuit.

The Vale is one of Mossley’s treasures. Situated in Micklehurst, it is a multipurpose arts venue which plays host to local groups and a community cinema. Among the groups that use the former woollen mill is The Incredible Plastic Street Band.
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The EM60 Trivial Enquiry Bureau: Your Questions Answered (#1)

NEW: East of the M60’s creator responds to your searches

East of the M60, as with countless other blogs and websites, uses a Content Management System. Also known as CMS to its friends, they make web design and development easy for many people.

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Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Stunning performance from top Saddleworth band 

A fantastic rip-roaring night of brass banding excellence was enjoyed by all at the Boarshurst Band Club on the 19 June. The Championship section band entranced its audience with a feast of dynamic classical pieces. There was nothing lily livered about the programme. It had oomph and gravitas, all within the realms of a traditional concert setting.
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There Is One Born Every Hour: Television Advertising on the Buses

Or: Gone in 30 Seconds

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.
Bus travel, 21st century style: two pristine PCVs in Leigh bus station. At the front is one of the Vantage-branded Wright Gemini 3s. At the rear is an Enviro400 MMC on the 34/X34 route.

From 1955 to 2001, we had a proper federal ITV made up of regional franchises. Today, there is only a token reference to our ITV regions in its news programming (i.e. Granada Reports in the North West, Calendar for the former Yorkshire Television region). One of the beauties of ITV’s federal system was genuinely regional advertising. As well as ads for the Manchester Evening News or Blackpool Pleasure Beach, there was also cheap and cheerful static adverts. They were voiced by the franchisee’s continuity announcers. Continue reading “There Is One Born Every Hour: Television Advertising on the Buses”

BMP (Europe) Goodshaw Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A jolly good-shaw indeed

Prior to ten to eight last Sunday [12 June], a fair number of the Boarshurst faithful were racking their brains as to whereabouts in Lancashire is Goodshaw. Prior to ten to eight this morning, a few might have whistled at least one of their fourteen pieces from their concert and had a rough idea of its location. Needless to say, they had a great time, and Goodshaw Band gave us a fantastic concert.
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The Joy of Silence and the Music of Being

Why Silence is Golden

The road to Gairloch in the Scottish Highlands
The road to Gairloch, leading to one of the most tranquil places I have ever had the joy of visiting in 2013. Image taken by Shearings Holidays (2014), who introduced me to this part of the world (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

I am probably the last person on Earth to be associated with silence. In nearly ten years of running East of the M60, my online life has multiplied. Firstly, my first online experience was via college, since 1996. This was in The Good Old Days of Netscape 2.0, when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser was a mere upstart. We chatted to distant friends by email. As for our friends closer to home, we used to go to the pub. Continue reading “The Joy of Silence and the Music of Being”

Denton Bookshop’s Poetry Night Wows Audiences

First meeting of the Black Cat Poets’ poetry night a great success

Four Black Cats With Lemon
Image credit: Four Black Cats with Lemon by Daniel X. O’Neil (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

Thackeray’s Books of Market Street, Denton, launched their first poetry night at the Black Cat Café yesterday. In spite of sticky conditions, their inaugural night was a great success with almost 40 people in attendance. Continue reading “Denton Bookshop’s Poetry Night Wows Audiences”

Is This The 346? The Not So Perfect Ten

Another ten 346 bus routes across the UK and overseas

Volvo B9TL First Greater Manchester, MX58 EBG, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
The 346 we know and love: Dukinfield’s 346 route, a product of two former SHMD routes (11 and 15).

Before I begin, it has been a while since our last edition of The Not So Perfect Ten. It has been even longer since we did a Not So Perfect Ten based on a bus route number. The last was a countdown on the 409 service (which only mustered nine entries at the time). The previous one to that was based on the 343 service. Continue reading “Is This The 346? The Not So Perfect Ten”