Armed Forces Day: Free Bus Travel for Armed Forces Personnel

Greater Manchester bus operators join forces in offering free travel for armed forces personnel Today, Armed Forces Day is a chance for the public to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. From currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. In Greater Manchester, three of the…

Save Our Summer House! Stamford Park Conservatory Demolition Threat

Tameside MBC decides on demolition instead of restoration of iconic conservatory Here’s a poser for you: what have Dukinfield Hall, Stalybridge Town Hall and the Stamford Park boating lake café got in common? If you guessed historic buildings in Tameside, well done. If you guessed historic buildings in Tameside that have been demolished after the…

FirstGroup Restructuring: Sale of Bolton Depot to Rotala

Reorganisation of First Greater Manchester to leave Oldham as its only depot In the continuing saga of First Greater Manchester’s contraction, FirstGroup have announced the sale of their Bolton depot to Rotala plc. The transfer of its Weston Street garage, over 500 staff and 18 bus routes is expected to be completed within months.

Our Network: Tameside’s Future Transport Network in Greater Manchester

Why Andy Burnham has moved one step closer to bus franchising and how this affects Tameside Greater Manchester is one step closer to seeing off Nicholas Ridley’s free market experiment. A free market experiment that has seen a 45% drop in bus patronage in Greater Manchester. An experiment which has seen swingeing cuts to the…

Mossley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (23 June 2019)

Mossley Band impress in glorious concert with lively atmosphere In the last three years, The Mecca of Brass Banding has played host to more appearances from St. John’s (Mossley) Band than other two Mossley bands. Long overdue was the Mossley Band’s visit to Boarshurst Band Club. Being as it had been several years since their…

Whit Friday 2019 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 maintain top spot in Saddleworth Whereas Foden’s Band continue their stunning run in Tameside, Brighouse and Rastrick Band remain top dog in the Saddleworth contests. This year there was some stiff competition from…

Whit Friday 2019 Results: Tameside Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on Tameside’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests The showery weather threatened to spoil Whit Friday 2019, but it was a case of ‘business as usual’ for Tameside’s Whit Friday contests. Both Dukinfield contests had the highest number of bands with 48 at Tame Valley and 44 at the Albion Hotel….

Bodmin Town Band: A Special Post-Whit Friday Concert

Boarshurst Band Club, Saturday 15 June 2019 With the torpor from Whit Friday kicking in, the first thing many brass band players would need is a lie-in. Whether you’ve travelled from Road End or Pound Lane for your brass banding fix, the Saturday afterwards is a time to chill out. For well over two decades,…

Flixton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (16 June 2019)

Over a year on from Matt Ryan’s arrival, another superb concert There was a slightly familiar air to last night’s concert. One, most obviously was the band. The other was last night’s weather: colder and wetter than a typical June for Saddleworth. Back then, Matt Ryan made his concert debut as Musical Director for Flixton…

TV Licences: Another Tory Promise Down the Tubes

Non-means tested free TV licence plan for over-75s binned We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Anyone with half a brain would know that a Conservative Party election promise has the longevity of a Primark suit. As we age, our brain power begins to wane unless we exercise our mind with sudokus, quizzes or other creative…

In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2019

Stalybridge’s Whit Walks, 09 June 2019 Predictably, Stalybridge’s Whit Walks were affected by the grey weather with most of the showers coming at 2pm. Though higher than Dukinfield’s turnout, there were still fewer onlookers compared with last year. Needless to say, the changeable weather might have put a few people off.