Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (May 2018)

Whit Week rounded off in style by a superb concert

In Saddleworth, Whit Friday was marred by awful weather. Though Whit Week was blessed by warm weather, its most important day bucked the trend of sunny weather. The sunniest of receptions that week were marked by the arrival of Elland Silver Band to the Boarshurst Band Club.
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Castles in the Sky: Lost Architectural Projects of the Tameside Area

A potted look at lost Tameside’s construction projects missing in time

There are several reasons as to why many people choose to set up home in the Tameside area. One selling point is its proximity to the Peak District as well as Manchester city centre. By car it takes just as long to get to Buxton as it does to get to the intu Trafford Centre. Another factor may be house prices in comparison with other parts of Greater Manchester.

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Whit Friday 2018 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 Band top of the tree 

In the Saddleworth contests, Brighouse and Rastrick Band came up trumps. This year they picked up Best Open prizes in all but three contests throughout the Saddleworth area.

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Whit Friday 2018 Results: Tameside Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on Tameside’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

Foden's Band, Whit Friday 2018 Brass Band Contest, Albion Hotel, Dukinfield
Once more, The Whit Friday Champions of Tameside: Foden’s Band.

With a soggy start to Whit Friday 2018, you could be forgiven for thinking that 7pm would have been as soggy as 7am in Mossley. During the early stages of this year’s contest there was some slight drizzle. Even so, the liquid sunshine didn’t fail to stop many bands from descending on Tameside’s 11 contest venues.

Foden’s maintain comfortable lead, though a photo finish at the Albion Hotel contest

Like last year, Foden’s Band continued their dominance of the Tameside contest venue. They picked up the top prizes in seven out of eleven venues. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2018 Results: Tameside Contests”

In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2018

Stalybridge’s Whit Walks, 20 May 2018

As with Dukinfield’s walks, the same great sunny weather came to Stalybridge’s Whit Walks. The attendance that afternoon was higher than Dukinfield’s walks though seen by some as being down on last year’s gathering. Continue reading “In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2018”

In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks, 2018

Dukinfield’s Whit Walks, 20 May 2018

This year’s Whit Walkers were treated to some superb weather in Dukinfield’s Procession of Witness. As early as 10am, the sunny conditions were more suited to barbecues instead of raspberry buns and brews. Despite good weather, the turnout was down on last year. Continue reading “In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks, 2018”

Northern Rail Strike: Two Days of Industrial Action During Whit Week

The latest Arriva Rail North strike dates, and how they will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

Following a recent spate of cancellations and fundamental changes to our rail timetables, more passengers could be taking to their cars on Thursday and Saturday. Those two days (24 and 26 May) will see continued strike action from Northern guards.

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Commemorative Bus Wrap Unveiled to Remember Manchester Arena Attack

Stagecoach Manchester bus covered in Manchester Together vehicle graphics

At this time of writing you would have seen and heard about our nation’s remembrance of the 22 people who died in the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. Being a year since the attack, local, national, and international media covered the vigils and the memorial service at Manchester Cathedral.
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The Lindley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Whit Sunday 2018)

Welcome return to Boarshurst for Rob Westacott in another great concert

Whit Sunday 2018: a sunny one at that which could have made for a better turnout at Tameside’s Whit Walks. Any issues about turnout weren’t a worry at the Boarshurst Band Club thanks to another well-attended Sunday Brass Night. Once again, our friends from The Lindley Band gave us a superb concert. A concert programme that combined gravitas with entertainment. There was four superb solos, a bit of swing, Lionel Richie, and – for good measure – a Peter Graham piece.
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Saddleworth Rambler Rail Connection Commotion Solved

A Saddleworth Bus Service Changes Special

Earlier this week we looked at how bus and rail connections on the Saddleworth Rambler would be stymied by changes to its rail timetable.

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