Skelmanthorpe Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Fantastic night with virtuoso cornet legend

Only weeks after a former Manchester United manager came to the Boarshurst Band Club, another legendary figure came to call last night. This time, one of brass banding circles rather than football. On Sunday 27 November 2016, virtuoso cornet legend, Jim Davies came to Boarshurst Band Club with Skelmanthorpe Band.
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Oldham ODEON: A Look at Oldham’s Newest Cinema

From town hall to multiplex conversion

I had promised myself a trip to Greater Manchester’s latest addition for filmgoers. With The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic being away from home, this gave me a good excuse to call in to Oldham’s new ODEON cinema. Continue reading “Oldham ODEON: A Look at Oldham’s Newest Cinema”

Delph Youth and Training Band: Sunday Afternoon Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Mature performance made for a most engaging programme

Delph Youth and Training Band gave an accomplished performance at the first of two brass band concerts on the 20 November 2016. There was also a change to the starting time, from 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm. For the last Youth Brass concert of 2016, there was an encouraging turnout.

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The 330 Takes to the Skies

How Ashton-under-Lyne route’s Airport extension is taking our breath away

330 takes my breath away
We cannot imagine seeing Tom Cruise behind the wheel of a 330. Getting through Stockport Road West takes some nerves of steel. Here’s Stagecoach Manchester’s intrepid trio about to tackle the danger zone. Can they get through Dowson Road without being held up at the traffic lights on Knott Lane crossroads? (Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2016).

For nearly a month, the 330 service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Stockport has seen the extension of some of its journeys to Manchester Airport. This was mentioned in a previous edition of the Tameside bus service changes. Just to recap, most of the section hitherto part of the former 369 service is part of the 368A service. With this change, there are (M56 and M60 traffic permitting) four buses per hour from Stockport to Ringway. Non-stop from Stockport bus station to the Manchester Airport bus station. Continue reading “The 330 Takes to the Skies”

Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Winter 2016)

A welcome return for the award winning fourth section band

Sale Brass’ return to Boarshurst Band Club this November was another welcome one. At February’s concert, we were treated to some high quality solos and a traditional yet well thought out programme.

Last Sunday’s concert was no exception. For those who missed the February concert, another chance to enjoy two pieces from that night’s programme. On great form as ever was Musical Director Alan Seymour, enjoying his third visit with Sale Brass.
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A6, the Road to Ashton-under-Lyne and Denton

Another Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester special

Paper Little Gem MCW Metrorider
Image © 2010 Matthew Clark.

The timing of this post coincides with one major bus-related event. That of Go-Goodwins’ revival of the Little Gem brand. With minibuses, in a version of the GMT orange, white, and brown livery. Most importantly, the return of Ken Mortimer’s Crillee Black logotype. Instead of the Dodge and Iveco minibuses of old, Optare Solos are the order of the day. With the excellent reputation of the Go-Goodwins brand, we at East of the M60 think they may well succeed. Continue reading “A6, the Road to Ashton-under-Lyne and Denton”

A Majestic Plan for Ashton’s Iconic Cinema Building

Graphic designer aims to turn Ashton landmark into live performance venue and cinema

Closed Metro cinema, Delamere Street/Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Majestic by name, majestic by nature: the cinema in its closed state in February 2013. Photographed by yours truly with a Kodak Retinette camera using Ilford XP2 ISO 400 film.

The Majestic Picture House building is an iconic landmark for Tameside film lovers. Since its opening in 1920, it later became the Gaumont, then the ODEON, and latterly the Metro cinema. The cinema closed in September 2003, a month after the closure of Stalybridge’s Palace cinema. Its amusement arcade closed in 2011. This week, musician and graphic designer, Matthew Gough aims to reopen the building. Continue reading “A Majestic Plan for Ashton’s Iconic Cinema Building”

Boarshurst Silver Band’s Remembrance Sunday Concert: Review

Boarshurst Silver Band remembers 

As is tradition throughout the Saddleworth area, each of the village’s bands host a concert on Remembrance Sunday. This obviously meant a dip in turnout at the Boarshurst Band Club, obvious given most villages from Friezland to Denshaw had similar concerts. For those who went to see Boarshurst Silver Band, they were treated to a fantastic night.
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53’s a Magic Number: Stagecoach Manchester’s New Enviro400 MMCs

53 new double deckers part of latest fleet update

A selection of Enviro400 MMC buses making up the number 53.
A selection of Enviro400 MMC buses making up the number 53. Image courtesy of a Tangerine PR photographer who doesn’t mind heights.

53, in Greater Manchester circles is a magic number. It conjures up images of the Belle Vue bus which, at one time, used to run every four minutes. Today, in this context, 53 is a tragic number as the present First Greater Manchester service is half hourly (or hourly on Sundays, evenings and Bank Holidays).

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Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Winter 2016)

Another top drawer performance from Saddleworth’s Championship section band 

Nearly five months ago, last night’s band darkened the doorstep of Boarshurst Band Club on a soggy Sunday night. Saddleworth’s Championship band gave us a fantastic concert. Though considerably lighter, that Sunday night was drizzly.

Five months later, more of the same weather though considerably darker. The most illuminating aspect of the damp November night was Diggle Band’s performance. Though we thought their June concert was superb, they excelled themselves. With Matthew Brown as guest conductor, we were treated to a traditional yet pulsating programme.
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