Seasons Greetings to all our readers, old and new
East of the M60 and the creator of this long-running blog, Stuart Vallantine, would like to wish all its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our thanks go to everyone who has followed this blog, shared our posts, commented on our posts, and stuck with us along the way.
For the best part of thirteen years, it has been one hell of a ride. We have covered brass band concert reviews on a near-weekly basis from Boarshurst Band Club since 2016. Since we began in 2006, it has been a useful source for all things public transport related in the Tameside area and beyond.
2020 will be an interesting year; in more ways than one, ‘interesting’ could be quite an understatement. By the start of next year, we shall find whether the people of Greater Manchester has opted for a franchised bus network or otherwise. We might see a change of franchisee for any of Northern England’s provincial rail franchises. Could Stalybridge get an Altrincham-style food market? Will the ‘Bridge pick up their first trophy since 2003?
We look forward to entertaining/enlightening/infuriating or amazing you in the New Year. As always, share the posts on your favourite social media accounts and/or comment away. There’s half a chance you might see me at the Boarshurst Band Club or the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Maybe Whitstable, Belfast, or somewhere else you may least expect to find me (like on a quiet Northern train in the PM peak).
Till then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you will have got what you wanted for Christmas, such as that elusive bus book or brass band CD. If you managed to find anything watchable on telly this year (I checked this Christmas’ TV Times and I thought it was last year’s Christmas edition), congratulations.
Here’s to 2020 and the continued success of East of the M60. Thank you for reading what is a most elongated Christmas card greeting.
Stuart Vallantine, 24 December 2019.