Ten Good Reasons to Love Lancashire: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten things that make Lancashire stand out from many other English counties Where is Lancashire? Is it the present-day county that has been chipped away by the 1974 Local Government Act and the later creation of Unitary Authorities? Or, if you go to the Friends of Real Lancashire website, is it the historic county that…

A Saddleworth Sweep in the North West Regional Championships

Boarshurst Silver Band lead the way among Saddleworth bands in the 2019 North West Regional Brass Band Championships Blackpool’s Winter Gardens proved to be a happy hunting ground for some of Saddleworth’s brass bands. With thousands of brass band players and spectators descending on the iconic venue, the North West Regionals have a vibrant atmosphere…

Saddleworth Comes to Blackpool! Boarshurst Silver Goes Fourth

Newly promoted First Section band gains fourth place spot in the North West Regional Championships Oldham Band (Lees) wins First Section prize – and promotion to the Championship Section; Second section joy for Middleton Band; Plus a look at how our other local brass bands fared at Blackpool. Yesterday at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Boarshurst…

Northern and Merseyrail Electrics Rail Strike Update: Three January Dates

News of the latest Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail Electrics strike dates Following on from last year’s strikes, the first normal working week of 2018 will see three rail strikes in Northern England. As well as Northern’s dispute, Merseyrail Electrics staff will also be striking on the same days.

Northern Rail Strike Update: Two More Dates in September

News of the latest Arriva Rail North strike dates Following on from July’s strikes, there will be another two days of rail strikes next month. Again, this is due to the RMT members’ opposition to Driver Only Operation.

If I Never Catch Another Bus: Blackpool By Bus and Tram

A Now You Know What I Did This Summer Special Edition If you enjoyed this year’s Now You Know What I Did This Summer which focused on the buses, trains, and ferries in Falmouth, we have a special treat for you. Yours truly, along with his old man (thanks to my old woman failing a fitness…

Boarshurst Book Cheltenham Final Date

Third place spot at Winter Gardens guarantees place in National Finals Boarshurst Silver Band have booked their place in the National Finals on the 17 – 18 September. Due to take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham, Section 1 to 4 bands alongside Boarshurst will compete for national success within their sections.

Red Rocket Returns for Christmas

X70 relaunched with extra Preston to Manchester journeys Another chapter in the turbulent history of the X70 Red Rocket Express will be written on the 21 November. Catch22Bus, successors to Classic Bus North West, will relaunch the service with extra journeys from Preston to Manchester.

A Call on the Fylde: The Shard Riverside Hotel

Inside a real gem on the banks of the River Wyre I don’t leave the house as often as I should, for reasons besides work or following The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic®, but this time last week I had good reason. A very good reason as to why East of the M60 was quiet.

Normal Service Resumed: Classic Bus North West Licences Transferred

Oakwood Travel Services take over remaining services Another chapter in the history of Classic Bus North West has opened, with the transfer of its licences to Oakwood Travel Services Ltd. In a pre-pack administration, a deal was struck saving 16 jobs and all remaining bus services.