Sidebottom Fold Set To Be The New Glastonbury

East of the M60 World Exclusive: BridgeFest 2017 about to be Stalybridge’s first music festival

Thousands of music lovers could be descending on Stalybridge in the middle of June for three solid days of live musical entertainment. Entitled BridgeFest, it aims to do to Sidebottom Fold what Michael Eavis did for Glastonbury. There will be four stages, a food court, some tribute acts as well as up and coming bands, plus a choice of first class and second class camping facilities. Food and drink will also be locally sourced with gluten free, wheat free, vegan, and dairy free options available. Continue reading “Sidebottom Fold Set To Be The New Glastonbury”


Saddleworth’s Super Weekend of Brass Banding

Two eagerly awaited concerts in Uppermill and Greenfield

  • Four Saddleworth bands feature in massed concert at Uppermill Civic Hall;
  • Championship Section band to play at Boarshurst Band Club.

Brass Bands: Concert Reviews and Previews bumper

Lovers of brass band music should get themselves down to Saddleworth on Saturday or Sunday – or at least spend the whole weekend in any of the villages. Firstly, the Uppermill Civic Hall will play host to four Saddleworth brass band in a special concert on the Saturday. Secondly, Hammonds Saltaire Band will be playing at the Boarshurst Band Club the following Sunday. Anyone wishing to see both concerts will be in for a good time. Continue reading “Saddleworth’s Super Weekend of Brass Banding”

Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (26 March 2017)

Holt and Co.’s traditional programme well received

Almost a year ago to the day, our friends from Middleton Band gave us a wonderful concert. Their musical director, Andrew Baker, opted for a traditional yet lively programme. Their performance would have made many a Section Two band proud. He was describe in last year’s entry as being “informative and good-humoured at the same time”.
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Sinatra Fan Retires After 42 Years in Bus Industry

John Kevill hangs up clipboard after 42 years in the bus industry

John Kevill.
Yes, he did it his way: Driving Examiner John Kevill, retiring from Stagecoach Manchester on the 31 March. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2017.

After 42 years of working for Greater Manchester Transport and its successors, John Kevill is hanging up his clipboard for good. For drivers who began their career on the Hyde Road skid pan or the Bennett Street training centre, Mr. Kevill is a familiar face.
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Calling All GM Stations: A Look at TfGM’s Action Stations Plan

How Action Stations aims to transform Greater Manchester’s railway stations

Calling All GM Stations

Greater Manchester has 97 railway stations. Many of them are unstaffed with some lacking any disabled access at all. Most of the City Region’s stations are managed by its principal rail franchisee, Arriva Rail North’s Northern franchise. Stockport is managed by Virgin West Coast; Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, by Major Stations. Stalybridge station is managed by First Transpennine Express. Continue reading “Calling All GM Stations: A Look at TfGM’s Action Stations Plan”

Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 4. Primrose Bank and Crete Street Tower Blocks

Montrose House and Primrose House: Partington’s short lived twin towers, on opposite sides of Ashton Road

Montrose House, Oldham
Montrose House, Hathershaw: a black and white view of the tower block. Image © 1974 Paul Thorpe.

Throughout the United Kingdom, local authorities were given incentives to build taller tower blocks for slum clearance schemes. As well as heights, there were incentives to adopt experimental building systems. For example: Sectra, Bison, and Jespersen. As well as speeding up the slum clearance schemes, a lot of builders made a packet. Continue reading “Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 4. Primrose Bank and Crete Street Tower Blocks”

Semi-Overlooked Songs Associated With Train Travel: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten great songs associated with rail journeys you may have forgotten about

Stalybridge Station and Class 170 DMU

In both senses, our latest Not So Perfect Ten is designed for trainspotters. Not only those who stand at the edge of platform six of Manchester Piccadilly station. Also trainspotters of a musical variety; the sort of people who would rather have a Steve Hackett album track on their playlist instead of Ed Sheeran. Continue reading “Semi-Overlooked Songs Associated With Train Travel: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Friezland Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A splendid performance and a memorable Boarshurst debut for Max Stannard

A well supported concert at the Boarshurst Band Club gave Friezland Band and their recently appointed Musical Director, Max Stannard a confidence boost. Last night’s (Sunday 12 March) concert had an excellent turnout which pleased the band no end.
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Northern Rail Strike: Details of Affected Services in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside

How Arriva Rail North’s industrial action will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

Northern Rail Strike Ashton to Huddersfield section
The Ashton-under-Lyne to Huddersfield section which is affected by the strike.

Next week shall see one of Northern England’s biggest rail strikes. Possibly the largest rail related industrial action since 1989’s nationwide rail strike. The biggest after rail privatisation began since Arriva Trains Northern guards went on strike in 2001 and 2002. On Monday (13 March), Arriva Rail North guards and drivers will begin a one-day strike. Their concern is the introduction of DOO – Driver Only Operation. Its introduction is part of Arriva Rail North’s franchise agreement with the Department for Transport.

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