In Pictures: World’s Largest Tutu Record Broken

How Stagecoach Manchester and Prevent Breast Cancer became record breakers

Stagecoach Tutu World Record
Don’t Mess With My Tutu: a shot of the record breaking bus seen through the smartphone of Guinness World Records verifier, Sofia Greenacre.

This week, Stagecoach Manchester and Prevent Breast Cancer made their way into the Guinness Book of World Records. A 26 metre tutu was seen on one of Stagecoach Manchester’s newest double decker buses at Piccadilly Gardens. The reason? To raise awareness of Prevent Breast Cancer’s ‘Take On The Tutu’ campaign. Continue reading “In Pictures: World’s Largest Tutu Record Broken”

Elland Silver Youth: Sunday Lunchtime Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

The Real Madrid of Youth Bands kicks off a new series of lunchtime concerts

For the first of many lunchtime concerts featuring youth brass bands, Boarshurst Band Club couldn’t have chosen a better one. Making their way to Boarshurst Band Club on Sunday dinnertime was Elland Silver Youth Band. A band who are The Real Madrid of Youth Bands.

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Silk Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Continental influence adds variety to enjoyable concert programme

Macclesfield’s Silk Brass gave the Boarshurst faithful a flavour of the continent in the second part of a brass banding double header, at the BBC last night [25 September]. Prior to Silk Brass’ concert was the first Sunday Lunchtime Youth Concert with Elland Silver Youth Band.

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Mega Riders Go Mobile

Mobile ticketing now available on Stagecoach Manchester’s app

Stagecoach Bus App Picture
Appy Ever After: The new Stagecoach app can take the heat out of travel planning any Stagecoach Manchester and Wigan journey, from Wrightington Hospital to the Roman Lakes. Photograph of couple seen at the Hazel Grove Park and Ride courtesy of Tangerine PR Limited, 2016. Notice the sneaky Class 185 DMU of First Transpennine Express’ in the background, on a service to or from Cleethorpes.

After FirstGroup and Arriva started their mobile apps, Stagecoach Manchester has launched a new mobile app that offers mobile ticketing facilities and improved journey information for passengers. The app is free to download for iOS and Android devices. As far as we know, there are no plans for a Windows 10/Windows Phone version. Continue reading “Mega Riders Go Mobile”

Super Sunday at Boarshurst Band Club: Sunday Brass Youth Concerts

Elland Silver Youth Band to kick off series of concerts featuring youth bands

In the last nine months, there has been a good variety of brass bands at the Boarshurst Band Club on most Sunday evenings. Throughout East of the M60 we have covered most concerts in great detail. With the continued success of its evening soirees, there will be another addition to the calendar.
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How Three Was a Magic Number for Boarshurst Silver Band

The 2016 National Championships of Great Britain

The previous weekend’s National Championships of Great Britain at The Centaur, in Cheltenham Racecourse, was a good one for Yorkshire’s brass bands with top Second and Third Section honours. Taking the Second Section title was Stannington Band led by Derek Renshaw. In the Third Section, it was Crofton Silver Band led by Dean Jones. Continue reading “How Three Was a Magic Number for Boarshurst Silver Band”

1992: The Last Great Year of 8-Bit Computing

Remembering the commercial twilight era of the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC

1992 was a strange yet eventful year in British home computing. The Sega Mega Drive rose in popularity, the NES was replaced by the 16-bit SNES in many homes. In Dear Old Blighty, there were two factors which delayed their supremacy (for another year at least). One was the recession. Another was the dominant home computer market. Former C64 users were just as likely to plump for an Amiga, which led to 1993 being some sort of a memorable year for Jay Miner’s wonder machine. The console may have been an extra, filed under ‘nice to have’. Continue reading “1992: The Last Great Year of 8-Bit Computing”

The 2018 Boundary Changes: How Will They Affect the Tameside Area?

An It’s Up The Poll Special Report

Locks in HDR Black and White
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Stalybridge. Image by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

So to quote Ashton-under-Lyne’s (and possibly, Dukinfield’s future MP in 2020) “the cat has been let out of the bag”. Setting the news agenda lately has been the Boundary Commission’s proposed changes to our constituencies. Part of the plans will see fifty job losses by 2020.
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Flixton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Stage, Screen, and Tradition Reigns Supreme

No-one would believe that in the space of two hours, we would have been treated to yet another fine concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. This time, it was the turn of the highest ranking brass band in Trafford MBC boundaries. Standing comfortably in Section Two, Flixton Band, gave us a varied programme with traditional pieces, plus a few from stage and screen. For the price of a bog-standard lager, the Boarshurst faithful were treated to a magnificent seventeen pieces including encore.

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Oldham and Tameside Stations Shine at Community Radio Awards

Local stations dominate nationwide awards ceremony at Birmingham

Radio-4-Matic
A Real Radio: the Roberts R707 portable radio receiver. Image by Adam Foster, 2012 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

For the volunteers at Oldham Community Radio, Tameside Radio, and Pure 107.9 FM (Stockport), it was a memorable night at the Community Radio Awards. The award ceremony, the first of its kind for British community radio stations took place at Birmingham City University. Continue reading “Oldham and Tameside Stations Shine at Community Radio Awards”