Calling All Wannabe Bus Loving Engineers

Fancy yourself as the next Stuart Pilcher, Ralph Bennett, or Christopher Bowles? Stagecoach Manchester are calling for apprentices Stagecoach Manchester are calling for budding engineers to join their apprenticeship scheme. The company is offering places on its Bus Engineers’ scheme at all six of its depots: at Ashton-under-Lyne, Hyde Road, Middleton, Sharston, Stockport, and Wigan. Applications…

Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 25 June 2017

A great night with a top Saddleworth band  Less than six months on their last soirée at The World Famous Boarshurst Band Club, Diggle Band delivered another great concert. Last night’s well attended concert included two great solos, a satisfying horn feature, a couple of traditional marches, and another piece by Eric Ball.

Northern Rail Strike: Three Days of Industrial Action Next Month

Forthcoming Arriva Rail North strike dates, and how they will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway Following on from previous one-day strikes since the 13 March, the RMT union have announced details of more industrial action next month. Whereas previous strikes have fallen on Mondays and Fridays, the latest dispute will cover three days…

Train Seats in All Parts: The Not So Perfect Ten

A selection of the best train seating positions on Network Rail metals and preserved lines If you travel by train in the peak hours, there are two inevitabilities. One is the fact you’ll need a mortgage for the rail fare or the season ticket. The other, are the chances of getting a seat. Which is…

Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 18 June 2017

Milnrow Band’s scorcher of a performance To meet up for a hymn and march contest, perform in conditions more Mediterranean than Mytholmroyd, and fulfil a concert engagement on the same day takes some doing. It would test the very best of us. Milnrow Band proved how possible it was to do just that. Within twelve…

It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Tameside’s General Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at the borough’s General Election results Tameside constituencies remain solid Labour; UKIP vote hammered by increased Labour majorities and modest Conservative swing. At the start of April, any talk of a General Election would have filled many voters with dread. It was expected that Theresa May’s Conservative Party would have…

Whit Friday 2017: Dukinfield’s Second Contest

East of the M60’s look at The Albion Hotel’s first ever Whit Friday Brass Band Contest With traffic in and around the Saddleworth villages, some brass bands choose to compete in the Tameside area Whit Friday contests. There is almost an equal number of venues in Tameside to the Saddleworth area’s agglomeration of contests. Whereas Saddleworth’s…

Flixton Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 11 June 2017

Another tight performance for Boarshurst Silver Band’s fellow travellers to Cheltenham In their second visit to Boarshurst Band Club over the last nine months, Flixton Band gave us a tight performance at yesterday’s concert [11 June 2017]. At the top end of Section Two, Flixton Band will be following Delph Band and Boarshurst Silver Band…

Whit Friday 2017 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results. Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey Bands dominant The Saddleworth contests proved to be a good Whit Friday for the Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey bands. If we were allegorical about the Saddleworth villages’ first prize winners, in…

Whit Friday 2017 Results: Tameside Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on Tameside’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests Foden’s landslide continues In the last two days, there was two things we learned about. Firstly, Theresa May didn’t get the landslide victory she thought she would have got, thanks to a strong showing by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. Secondly, the only landslide…

It’s Up the Poll! 2017: How the General Election Affects You

It’s Up the Poll! looks at how the parties will affect your lifestyle As the General Election nears, we look at how the main parties’ policies will affect your lifestyle. Will your public services be properly funded? Is sealing the Brexit deal your biggest concern?

It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Business and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on business issues Theresa May and Co have called this General Election on the grounds of sealing the Brexit deal. Is there more to this than our status outside the European Union? Will there be a good deal for small businesses as well?