Double decker bus in new Stagecoach livery, Trafford Centre

AI’s ‘Aye’ For The 111: Introducing Optibus

Stagecoach Group invests in AI based bus route planning tool

  • Investment will help plan the changes in travel coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • New AI platform Optibus will help improve service delivery and provide more efficient timetables;
  • State-of-the-art artificial intelligence, advanced algorithms and cloud computing used to make timetables smarter;
  • Major technological transformation will enable quicker roll-out of electric buses.
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Double decker bus in new Stagecoach livery, Trafford Centre

Low Bridge Strikes Scuppered by Bridge Alert System

Stagecoach Group becomes first UK bus operator to invest in national roll-out of new bridge alert technology

  • £4m project to strengthen existing safety measures to prevent bridge strikes;
  • Enhancement to GreenRoad’s leading driver safety and fuel-efficiency system;
  • 8,000 buses covered in England, Scotland and Wales by summer 2021.
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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 26. Mr Blue Sky

ELO’s most famous work in brass band form

  • Piece: Mr Blue Sky;
  • Composer: Jeff Lynne;
  • Arranger: Christopher Wormald.

“More…” You want more… For this year’s Brass Banding Advent Calendar, we finish off our virtual concert with an ELO song from 1977. One that is as well known by toddlers as it is with grandparents and great grandparents.

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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 25. Happy

A Merry Christmas to you all with a modern day classic

  • Piece: Happy;
  • Composers: Pharrell Williams;
  • Arranger: Michael Pilley.

Well, you have shouted and clapped loud enough for the encore set. Let’s start with a modern-day classic, one that has increased in popularity over recent years.

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Tameside’s Christmas and New Year Bus Service Updates (2020)

Details of Christmas and New Year’s Day bus services in Tameside and surrounding area for 2020 – 2021

Due to that COVID-19 thingy, we have left this year’s digest a bit later than usual on East of the M60. This was to allow for any recent changes to the Tier system and to discourage non-essential travel. (If you need to go shopping or take exercise in the yuletide season, please use your buses, trams and trains responsibly).

For the yuletide period, here’s what we are about to receive.

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Elvis Presley

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 24. An American Trilogy

Sorry folks, I couldn’t find any brass band pieces related to elves…

  • Piece: An American Trilogy;
  • Composers: Various (arranged by Mickey Newbury);
  • Arranger: Goff Richards.

We have come to the last door of our Brass Banding Goes Pop Advent Calendar. We thought it was rude not to have an Elvis Presley classic in our virtual concert, either. Apart from that, we understood there was a need to cover another Welsh band besides The Cory Band.

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Trafford Centre, Regent Court, Dumplington

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 23. Don’t Stop Me Now

The ultimate feel good song in brass band form

  • Piece: Don’t Stop Me Now;
  • Composer: Freddie Mercury;
  • Arranger: Philip Harper.

What can we say other than “a Happy Christmas Eve Eve to you all”? Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now encapsulates excitement in a little under three minutes. From the 1978 LP Jazz, it has pure pop sensitivities whilst retaining the Queen sound. Despite this, Brian May had little love for the song, because he felt it eulogised Freddie’s hedonistic lifestyle.

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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 22. Music

John Miles’ best known chart single, another concert classic

  • Piece: Music;
  • Composer: John Miles;
  • Arranger: Derek Broadbent.

Music, so to misquote the Jarrow-born composer of the said song, is our first love and our last love. On East of the M60, we have written about its future and its past in some way, shape or form. Live or recorded.

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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 21. She

A brass band transcription of Charles Aznavour’s most famous work

  • Piece: She;
  • Composer: Charles Aznavour/Herbert Kretzmer;
  • Arranger: Alan Fernie;
  • Soloist: Mark Wilkinson.

Charles Aznavour is probably the only French-Armenian born singer to top the UK Singles Chart. His most famous song, She, did just that in 1974 with a four-week stay at the top.

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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 20. The Fairytale of New York

The Pogues’ most famous (or infamous) contribution to Christmas playlists?

  • Piece: The Fairytale of New York;
  • Composer: Kirsty MacColl;
  • Arranger: Jock McKenzie.

In the last three decades, The Pogues’ and Kirsty MacColl’s Christmas song has topped many a personal Christmassy playlist. From mixtape to MP3 and Spotify, it is a must at Christmas parties, pub jukeboxes and supermarket aisles.

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