Greater Manchester’s Bee Network: New Livery and New Buses by 2023

Franchised operations by 2025 across whole of city region with 50 new electric buses for first phase

In a year’s time, there will be quite a buzz in our city region as The Bee Network takes shape. Firstly, the Metrolink trams will have a slightly different livery. Secondly, there will also be (bee?) hireable yellow bikes in our city centre.

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Skelmanthorpe Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (19 September 2022)

Fantastic concert well worth the three year wait

Let’s take a trip into our time machine to the 9th September 2019:

“We hope Skelmanthorpe Band’s next concert at Boarshurst will be in 2020 rather than 2021. With a most enjoyable programme and great delivery from Martin Heartfield, it was well worth waiting for.”

Thanks to COVID, it was three years and eight days since Skelmanthorpe Band’s last concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Was it worth the wait?

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The Lindley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (11th September 2022)

Widdop’s new band wows audience with traditional yet exciting programme

This week’s review is dedicated to the memory of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second. East of the M60 also sends its condolences to the Royal Family.

Long Live the King.

S.V., Monday 12th September 2022.

Another Sunday, another great Boarshurst night, and another appearance for Alan Widdop. Had it not been for the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, it would have been ‘back to the old routine’.  In the words of the late great John Peel, in relation to the late great Mark E. Smith from The Fall, “same but different”.

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Relief as Over Sixty Important Bus Routes are Spared Service Cuts

Funding found for socially necessary Greater Manchester bus routes

With the perfect storm of skyrocketing energy prices and swingeing bus service cuts, Greater Manchester’s bus users could have been in for a much bleaker winter. The loss of Department of Transport funding on the 4th October from COVID Recovery grants would have seen cuts to 33 bus routes and the loss of 31 bus routes.

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Pride Brass: Another Special Sunday Brass Night at the Boarshurst Band Club (04 September 2022)

Vibrant programme makes for cheerful start to new season at Mecca of Brass Banding

In a time where every single colour seems to fade to Farrow and Ball grey, Pride Brass brought a welcome splash of colour to Boarshurst Band Club for two entertaining hours. They opened the new season with an enjoyable concert with a selection of brass banding classics and some poppier numbers.

For anybody new to brass banding, Pride Brass is a scratch band of LGBTQ+ players and LGBTQ+ ally players. Many of which are in First Section and Championship Section bands across the UK. As with their first ever public performance as Pride Brass, their Musical Director is Matt Ryan. He has a rich pedigree, making a success of Flixton Band.

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Greater Manchester’s Cut Price Fare Scheme Starts Next Month

Greater Manchester Combined Authority brings cheap fares cap a year forward

If the bus you normally board is £2.60 one way or £6.40 for a day, we have some good news for you. Especially if you live in Greater Manchester, because you’ll be in for a treat.

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The Wight Way To See The Isle of Wight: Now You Know What I Did This Summer, 2022

A look at what the Isle of Wight’s public transport network has to offer

The British Isles has more than 6,200 islands. As well as the mainland, this includes the Channel Islands, Western Isles and the Isle of Man. South of The Solent is the Isle of Wight, up to an hour on Wightlink and Red Funnel ferries from Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

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Dogs on Trams: Yappy Days Indeed

Why dogs on Metrolink trams is a long time coming

For some people, the 1st August is Yorkshire Day, a celebration of all things to all Yorkshire folk. For example, its cultural tapestry, scenery and fine food. In Greater Manchester, it is observed by Saddleworth folk with festivals and white roses. It kicks off Saddleworth’s summertime events like the Rushcart Festival and (unofficially this year) the Yanks Weekend.

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Defending our Station Ticket Offices

How closing all our station ticket offices will make train travel even less accessible

Manchester Victoria station, 4th June 1986

For a young lad raised on Thomas the Tank Engine and orange and white buses, there was nothing more exciting than travelling by train. Especially an InterCity one. Back in 1986, train journeys were a rare treat for me as we went everywhere by bus.

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Our Big Fat ’80s Tameside Quiz: The Answers

Is your knowledge of the ’80s Tameside acceptable in the 2020s?

We’re probably running a bit late with this one: the answers to your Big Fat ’80s Tameside Quiz!

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