Preview: East of the M60’s 2017 Advent Calendar

This year’s theme: (The Board) Games People Play

Christmas is coming, which can only mean one thing on our blog: the East of the M60 Advent Calendar. Previous Advent Calendars have focused on lost supermarket chains, C64 musicians, and other quirky things we wanted for Christmas. Continue reading “Preview: East of the M60’s 2017 Advent Calendar”

Tameside’s and Glossop’s Retail Highlights: Small Business Saturday 2017

02 December 2017, from a local shop near you, throughout the United Kingdom

For many people, taking a trip to the supermarket or retail park is the easy option. Choosing to stay at home and shop online is another. If you choose the aforementioned options, they make for a dull experience. The internet is a boom when you need to buy certain items but there’s no scope for impulse purchases. Continue reading “Tameside’s and Glossop’s Retail Highlights: Small Business Saturday 2017”

Glossop Old Band (Winter 2017): Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

Another smashing concert, courtesy of Marcus and Duncan

Black Friday: what’s that? What about Brass Sunday, which Boarshurst Band Club has 47 of throughout the whole year? On the concert date closest to Black Friday, Glossop Old Band made their winter visit to the Mecca of Brass Banding last night. As with previous nights, a convivial atmosphere.

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Budget 2017: Money For Brexit (and Changes to UC)

East of the M60‘s frank verdict on Philip Hammond’s 2017 Budget

  • Brexit department biggest winner of 2017 Budget;
  • Slight changes for Universal Credit claimants;
  • 16 – 25 Railcard extended to cover persons born from 1986 to 1991;
  • Stamp Duty scrapped for first time buyers.

More than anything, today’s budget was a disappointment. Firstly, we are no clearer as to whether the Trans-Pennine electrification work is going ahead in its unabridged form. Secondly, it seems as if the money for the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena has gone to the Department for Exiting the European Union. Thirdly, those good eggs have cut the waiting time for Universal Credit (but don’t all rush at once). Continue reading “Budget 2017: Money For Brexit (and Changes to UC)”

The Case for Stalybridge: Andy Burnham’s Vision for Six Forgotten Towns

Stalybridge as one of six ‘forgotten towns’ in Mayor of Greater Manchester’s revitalisation plan

The polycentric nature of Greater Manchester and each of its boroughs can be a blessing and curse. It is a blessing in the sense where each of the ten boroughs have a character of their own. For example, with my borough [Tameside], the virtually unbroken urban sprawl of Manchester ends in the western part of Stalybridge, Dukinfield, and Hyde. East of the said places, suburbia meets the Pennine foothills alongside charming small towns and villages (Mossley, Broadbottom, Mottram, and Hollingworth in our case). Continue reading “The Case for Stalybridge: Andy Burnham’s Vision for Six Forgotten Towns”

Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Winter 2017)

A winter warmer from Saddleworth’s Championship section band 

After a scorching summer performance, Diggle Band returned to the Boarshurst Band Club with a real winter warmer. Once more, the Boarshurst audience was treated to a superb concert which warmed the cockles of our heart. For six of your finest British Pounds, a delightful night with some great solo pieces.

As for the programme, a lovely mix of brass banding classics and something new to engage the audience. This was not your microwaved pub lasagne with a perfunctory garnish. This was a Sunday dinner with freshly cooked vegetables, the finest beef, and a home made Yorkshire Pudding.
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S.V. Goes East of the Pennines

Genius behind East of the M60 crosses the Pennines

“This is Yorkshire Television, in colour…”

The creator of East of the M60 [Stuart Vallantine] now has another outlet for his writings. Whereas East of the M60 majors in blog posts east of the aforementioned motorway (from Rochdale to Stockport boroughs via Oldham and Tameside), some of its wit and wisdom has crossed the Pennines. Continue reading “S.V. Goes East of the Pennines”

Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2017 Remembrance Sunday Concert: Review

Boarshurst Silver Band remembers 

From Friezland to Denshaw, and Glossop to Buxton, the Remembrance Sunday concert is an established fixture in the brass bander’s calendar. As well as remembering our fallen comrades, it also means Christmas is on its way. As with last year’s concert, Boarshurst Silver Band, gave us all a fantastic night. Even with concerts taking place in Delph, Dobcross, and Diggle at the same time, there was a respectable turnout.

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Brinnington United Park The Bus With a Sponsorship Deal

Stagecoach Manchester unveils five new buses and sponsors Stockport District Sunday League side

Good old November, a pretty cold time of the year. Most importantly, it is close to the halfway point of the football season when things get exciting. Some teams prefer to climb the league table by playing free-flowing football. Others are happy with a “one-nil to the Arsenal…” mindset. They are the kind of teams who prefer to park the bus after getting a goal or two. Continue reading “Brinnington United Park The Bus With a Sponsorship Deal”

Stagecoach Reaches £21,900 Mark for Breast Cancer Charity

Stagecoach Manchester and Prevent Breast Cancer celebrate two years of fundraising efforts

Was it really been two years ago since Frozen and Elf was shown in Hazel Grove’s new fangled park and ride facility? Where did the time go? This week, Stagecoach Manchester has announced it has generated over £21,900 for its chosen charity, Prevent Breast Cancer. Continue reading “Stagecoach Reaches £21,900 Mark for Breast Cancer Charity”