North West Bus Operators’ Success in UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach Manchester clinches Bronze and Silver Awards Last week’s UK Bus Awards ceremony turned out to be a good one for North West bus operators. Holding on to their Top Three position as the Top City Bus Operator is Stagecoach Manchester. They picked up the bronze award in this year’s UK Bus Awards 2018. The…

East of the M60 Presents… A Brass Band Advent Calendar

A preview of this year’s East of the M60 Advent Calendar Dear Readers, it is that time of the year again on East of the M60. The one that begins with ‘C’ which is supposed to bring good fortune to retailers, online and physical. As well as peace and goodwill to everyone.

Delectable Dark Beers: A Top Beer Not So Perfect Ten

Ten of the finest dark beers – mainly milds, stouts, and porters At this time of writing we are in the midst of Black Friday, an American import which marks the first shopping day after Thanksgiving Day. Thanks inevitably to the internet it has become an international phenomenon. In these parts, it is associated with…

A Beginner’s Guide to Metrolink Zonal Fares

How Transport for Greater Manchester’s zonal fares for Metrolink trams will work Travelling by rail-based transport in and around Greater Manchester can be a pain in the you know whats at times. On Network Rail metals, walk-on fares, advance purchase fares, and peak hour restrictions add to the confusion. If you take a Metrolink tram,…

JP Executive Travel Driver Records Wanted

Did you, or do you know someone who worked for JP Executive Travel in 1992? We have received an appeal for the drivers’ records for JP Executive Travel. During 1992, the North Manchester-based bus company operated a number of routes in and around Middleton. Some services continued to parts of North Manchester, Oldham, and Tameside….

Boarshurst Silver Band’s Remembrance Day Concert (11 November 2018)

How Boarshurst Silver Band remembered the fallen in a slickly produced concert More than anything, this year’s Remembrance Sunday had an added dimension. Not only did it fall on the 11 November (which is Armistice Day). This year also marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice between allied forces and Germany.

The EM60 Trivial Enquiry Bureau (#2, November 2018)

Once again, East of the M60’s creator responds to your searches Some time ago on East of the M60, we looked at a selection of search terms that were used to find your way to our blog. This was our June 2016 blog post which answered questions on the William Andrew Swimming Baths in Dukinfield, Richard Tompkins…

How Stagecoach Manchester is Remembering the Fallen

Remembrance Sunday display to remember the 310 Manchester Corporation Tramways Department employees killed in action Free bus travel for Armed Forces personnel on production of HM Forces ID card on Remembrance Sunday; Stagecoach Manchester buses seen wearing poppies; Activity supports the British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign marking 100 years since the end of the First…

Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (November 2018)

Another great concert with three great soloists, a duet, and a trio  As the nights get darker and longer, the bright lights of Boarshurst Band Club are a glorious sight. Each Sunday at 7pm, magic and mystique awaits the concertgoer who enters The Mecca of Brass Banding. Last night, by 10pm, they were treated to…

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, November 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows Crawshaw Group administration sees closure of Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde stores; Magpie’s Nest scoops Tameside Retailer of the Year award; Ex-Mettricks employee takes over Stalybridge butcher’s shop; Plus all the usual retail movements, as you would expect. Crawshaw Group enters administration In the last week we have heard about…