Manchester Arena by Matthew Hartley, 2012

Is Manchester Ready for Two Indoor Arenas?

East of the M60 asks, “Is Town not big enough for both of them?”

Manchester’s credentials as a musical centre of the universe is unimpeachable, though it is a claim that could be disputed by our friends in Liverpool. For many listeners, Liverpool is associated with The Beatles, the muse for Burnage’s finest musical export. Greater Manchester could also claim The Hallé Orchestra as well as Oasis, New Order and Stalybridge Old Band (the oldest brass band in the world, no less).

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“The Next Train Will Not Be Calling At Un-Fairfield Station…”

Outrage as staffing issues sees cessation of train services at Tameside railway station

Prior to seeing its franchise being taken over by the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort, Arriva’s Northern operation was noted for its staffing issues. Tameside’s rail passengers were at the sharpest end of Arriva’s staffing issues, as Stalybridge to Manchester Victoria trains were cancelled and replaced by buses.

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Escape to the Pantry: Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks

East of the M60’s back with a nifty follow-up to the seat moquette quiz

In the last year, you might have seen the use of minimalist colour blocks on t’ internets. In most cases, they form part of a quiz with video gaming characters and Walt Disney characters being popular subject areas.

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Twenty-Four Hours in Didsbury

My last day at Ewing School with the Middle Group

If you read the previous article entitled Seven Go Camping in Crowden, you might enjoy the latest Ewing School themed article. As the previous one took us back to the Dark Peak, this piece takes us back to a less forbidding part of the world. It is set in Didsbury and Cheadle, and covers my last twenty-four hours as a Ewing School pupil.

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Diamond Bus North West Optare Solo, KX11 EER, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station (Mark III).

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 26 July 2020

Diamond diversion sees 217 route extended to Wythenshawe Hospital

  • Tameside gains direct bus link with Manchester Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospital;
  • Stagecoach takes over evening journeys of Stockport – Ashton 7 route.

For the first time in over a decade, there will be no summertime retiming changes for Greater Manchester’s principal bus routes. Since 2008, Stagecoach and FirstGroup have changed their times to allow for lower traffic levels in the school holidays. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, no such changes were necessary.

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Rishi’s Meal Deal: Let Them Eat Luncheon Vouchers

Midweek meal ticket plan offers no real deal for families hit by Coronavirus

In the last two days since Chancellor Rishi Sunak made his Summer Statement, I was reminded of two things. The first was a children’s television programme which inspired two stunning C64 games. The second one was a more contemporary reference: a radio advert for with references to cheap carbonara. In the advert, there is some confusion over cheap car insurance deals or cheap pasta meals.

I shall focus on the latter reference as few people under the age of 30 would have heard of Junior Kickstart. (Unless they have Half Man Half Biscuit’s This Leaden Pall LP where it is mentioned on the final track, Footprints). Kickstart (as in Sunak’s future employment programme) may be dealt with in a separate East of the M60 post.

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Stalybridge Old Band getting ready for their deportment march.

Don’t Forget our Brass Bands!

East of the M60 hopes brass band music isn’t forgotten by HM Government funding pledge

On a normal Monday night, I would be writing a review of the previous night’s concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Since lockdown, The Mecca of Brass Banding has been quiet, leaving a significant cultural void in the hearts of brass band players and concertgoers.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, July 2020: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows

By the time you have read this, you may have had your first pint in a pub in 14 weeks. Instead of celebrating this, your first pint in a pub since lockdown might be your last for a while because of recent redundancy announcements. You might be afraid of catching the Coronavirus due to increased footfall and changes to social distancing measures.

This Saturday will be no ordinary one at that. More shops will be opening, as well as our pubs and restaurants. For many regular and not-so-regular pub goers, the experience will be an unprecedented one.

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