Wheelie-Good Mobile Grotto Brings Christmas Cheer

How a converted Volvo B10M bus has brought festive joy to Manchester hospitals, as a mobile grotto

Volvo B10M R982 XVM, seen as a wheelie-good mobile Santa’s Grotto.

Christmas is never a good time to be poorly, and being in hospital over The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a pretty grim spectacle. Even worse when you’re young. Thanks to a converted Volvo B10M bus, Stagecoach Manchester brought some Christmas cheer to young patients at Wythenshawe Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 13. Knight Templar

George Allan’s evergreen contest march

For many listeners of brass band music, some brass bands are recognisable by their choice of contest march. You could be sure that Fodens Band will be playing The President on Whit Friday. Brighouse and Rastrick for some listeners is shorthand for Ravenswood in that department. As for Black Dyke Band, there is only one answer. Yes, it is George Allan’s most recognisable contest march.

What do we have here? In our video clip isn’t Queensbury’s finest musical export. Even Mr Magoo could fathom that one out.

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