The A to Z of the ZX Spectrum

Remembering Sir Clive Sinclair and his wonder machine

The 1980s was a very grim time for many people. There was high unemployment and high inflation. The Labour Party – who should have been hitting the right notes in attacking the Thatcher-led government – was split between its left and right wing factions of the party. If you substituted Thatcher for Johnson, you could be forgiven for thinking ‘deja vu’.

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WHSmith Dewsbury, 2009. Image by MTaylor848.

WHSmith in Turmoil: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra

In this extra helping of The Ashton Review of Shops, we look at how WHSmith’s turmoil and wonder if there’s a way out

It is fair to say that at any point in our lives, we Britons have had some link with W.H. Smith and Sons in more ways than one. Indirectly, we have had our newspapers and magazines delivered by them, through a network of wholesale newsagents. In Tameside, for example, the nearest branches were in Bredbury and Oldham.

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Former Burton Shop, Old Square

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Retirement leads to closure of popular Stalybridge shop;
  • Iconic Audenshaw public house faces demolition;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from the Half Way House to Arnfield Towers.

Welcome to the second Ashton Review of Shops for 2020, which would also be the first one since leaving the EU. Within the next year, our country’s departure could make for some interesting reading in our retail scene.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Happy New Year!
  • Ashton Town Hall refurbishment;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Debdale Park to Woolley Bridge.

We would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year and thank you for supporting The Ashton Review of Shops in 2019. We hope you will do the same in 2020, because it is going to be one hell of a year. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

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Alexander Dennis Enviro200, D&G Bus, Walsall

D&G Bus Sold to Centrebus

David Reeves sells Staffordshire and Cheshire based operator to Julian Peddle’s company

In the space of 21 years, D&G has grown from being a small independent company to a significant player in the Cheshire and Staffordshire bus scene. Yesterday, its Managing Director and major shareholder agreed to sell his shares to Julian Peddle’s Centrebus Group, with the deal completed this month.

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Armentieres Square Christmas Trees

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Small Business Saturday;
  • Christmas cheer across the borough;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from the Half Way House to The Dysarts Arms.

A certain singer would have said at this point of the year “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” This year, due to a General Election falling on this month, isn’t your normal run-up to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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Melbourne Street Poppies

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, November 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Tameside remembers the fallen;
  • Bonmarché enters into administration;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from The Rising Sun to The Fletchers Arms.

With winter on its way, our town centres should be preparing for the Christmas rush. In the next month, we shall be awaiting the Lantern Parade in Stalybridge and, across the borough on the 10 November, Remembrance Day parades. Over in Stalybridge…

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Stalybridge Civic Hall, 2015

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, October 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Stalybridge to be The Cycling Capital of Tameside?
  • Albemarle and Bond and Thomas Cook closures;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from The Red House to The Lamb.

With the exception of some good news in Stalybridge, this September has been a depressing month for bricks and mortar retail.

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Former Burton Shop, Old Square

Tameside’s Autism Hour, 05 – 12 October 2019: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Which Tameside shops are taking part in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour?

If you have an autism spectrum condition, a trip to the shops can be a daunting prospect. One issue could be the bright lights, another could be the background noise. In a supermarket, even the sheer variety of items can be overloading.

As for the queues and the crowds, say no more… This eejit in his formative years used to squeal his way through department stores. Shoppers thought I was being mistreated when it was the bustle of John Moores’ most famous retail concern that drove me nuts. The background noise in Ashton’s Pound Bakery is enough to put me off from being a regular customer (the one in Hyde isn’t as bad for that).

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Stalybridge Whit Walks 2019, Trinity Street

One Answer to the Million Pound Question: the Stalybridge Heritage Walk

A possible approach to the Stalybridge Heritage Walk

In our previous article entitled The Million Pound Question: Stalybridge’s Historical Quarter, we looked at the story behind Tameside MBC’s successful bid. We also looked at how the heritage walk should form part of a greater scheme. In other words, how the Heritage Walk should be accompanied by prospective private and public sector development.

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