Stacksteads Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

An entertaining programme, and an equally entertaining musical director 

Lovers of parrot jokes and fine music had a fantastic night at the last Boarshurst Band Club concert of October 2016 (Sunday, 30th). Stacksteads Band treated the audience to a joyous combination of mirth, popular music, and concert classics. In the first XXXIII, we had two guest soloists; one who was present at last week’s concert, and an ever-present at most Sunday Brass concerts. They were the second of two Lancastrian bands that Sunday (Littleborough Training Band performed the third of Boarshurst Band Club’s lunchtime concerts).
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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 31, 2016

It’s in the air 

So far, 2016 has been an impressive year for me on a personal level. I have settled in my present position and am enjoying the new, more central surroundings. With a move from its previous HQ near Piccadilly station, my employer is closer to Salford Central and Manchester Victoria stations. Not least some sublime eateries and (inevitably), branches of Starbucks Coffee, Subway, Greggs, and a McDonalds on St. Ann’s Square.

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The 666 Rides Again: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

A look at Greater Manchester’s lost bus route from Hell

If you celebrate Halloween (I personally don’t), we at East of the M60 hope you enjoy yourself and not get too giddy. Thanks to my recent attendance at the Museum of Transport in Cheetham, I was surprised to find that Greater Manchester Transport (or, more specifically, Lancashire United Transport under GMT’s ownership) had its very own 666 bus route.

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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 30, 2015

In the eye of the storm 

Sadly, my stint in Bredbury only lasted till the 30 January. In one way, it meant being free from the worst excesses of the A560. Then I existed on bits of work to avoid the DWP’s weaponised regime on unemployed people. This meant a brief return to Oldham (for odd copywriting and coding jobs), and the possibility of S.V. going it alone as a freelancer.

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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 29, 2014

The storm after the lull 

By 2014, I was working elsewhere in Greater Manchester. This time in Stockport (well, Bredbury to be precise), so most of my observations of the bus scene were biased towards the 330 route. The Young Auties’ pass proved to be a godsend for peak hour journeys and the odd journey to West Yorkshire.

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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 28, 2013

An uneasy peace 

One of the fringe benefits of working in Oldham was getting in touch with the Rochdale and Oldham bus scene. Compared with the uneasy peace of the Dukinfield scene, 2013 was an interesting year. Professionally for me, it was a mixed year with an appalling second half.

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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 27, 2012

Throw those displays wide, one year like this would…

In 2011, East of the M60‘s 26 part series, My Life in the Company of Buses finished at (quelle surprise) 2011. The original series of posts were written to document the first 25 years of bus deregulation. Both on a personal level and in relation to the bus scene in Dukinfield.

With 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of bus deregulation, East of the M60 thought it was the done thing to bring the saga to 2016. A lot has happened in the five years since October 2011. Not always for the better.

A week after I completed the original saga, I was on one of these Workfare type jobbies. In 2011, getting more than two weeks free labour out of you was (and remains) unethical. Being on the same placement six months later with no job at the end, unforgivable. Had East of the M60 met its maker in 2012, this fellow may have followed suit and become a ‘success’ in the eyes of the then Home Secretary.

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Saddleworth and Oldham Bus Service Changes, October 2016

All quiet on the Oldham front

First Greater Manchester, Enviro400, Oldham bus station
The 184’s timetable will be integrated with sister routes within the Colne Valley villages.

There is little to report today other than a quartet of retiming based changes. Really, it has been a while since the Oldham and Saddleworth changes were ever that quiet. Still, time to take a breather and board that 184 to Marsden Moor. Continue reading “Saddleworth and Oldham Bus Service Changes, October 2016”

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, October 2016

330 service takes to the skies with Manchester Airport link

  • Ashton to Ringway every half hour;
  • Minor retiming changes for 7, 204, 205, 206, 219, 346 and 347 routes;
  • Operator revision for some 169 journeys.

Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
Who’d have thought in 1986 that Dukinfield would have two 330s per hour to Manchester Airport?

As far as service changes are concerned, this quarter’s set is a pretty quiet one for Tameside and Glossop. Apart from the retiming of some routes, there are only two significant changes: an operator revision and a route extension. Continue reading “Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, October 2016”

Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Vibrant programme made for party atmosphere

Elland Silver Band closed the weekend in a rousing style with one of the most entertaining concerts of 2016. On the 23 October [Sunday], their tightly packed, dynamic, 90 minute programme gave the Boarshurst faithful a real treat. One with sublime solos. Also fresh talent, helped in no small part by the band’s wonderful Youth, Training, and Starter bands. Not least their success at Hardraw Scar and Bolsover entertainment contests and, for Elland Silver Youth Band, the Rochdale contest – all in the space of six weeks.
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