Escape to the Pantry: Indoor Boredom Busters

East of the M60’s back with some more indoor amusement ideas

If you haven’t noticed, the warm spring weather couldn’t have come at a worse time. Deep down, you want to enjoy the weather, but there is one massive problem. The matter of a global pandemic, with Britain in near-lockdown. This means only going out for an hour’s exercise, or your only outdoor trip being to the chemist or local shops.

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The Road End Fair Concert, Boarshurst Band Club

Three Boarshurst bands and morris men kick off Easter celebrations

Saddleworth’s Easter celebrations began in style with the Road End Fair in Greenfield, West Riding of Yorkshire. The fair and the Road End market began outside the King William IV public house, having done so since 1215.

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East of the M60’s Big Fat Easter Quiz (Part Two)

Part two of our special Easter holidays treat How was the first part of our quiz for you? Was you stumped by any of the questions or was you pleasantly surprised by the odd bit of transport anorakarama? Still, here’s the long awaited second part. Enjoy! Continue reading “East of the M60’s Big Fat Easter Quiz (Part Two)”

East of the M60’s Big Fat Easter Quiz (Part One)

A special Easter holidays treat for all our readers

With the Easter holidays looming, we at East of the M60 would like to break from the usual gamut of posts with something a bit light hearted. With the creator of this blog’s involvement in one of the teams in the Tameside Quiz League, we have conjured up a quiz of our own.

Before you proceed, expect some transport based anorakdom or references to obscure television programmes. Other than that, enjoy the quiz. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Big Fat Easter Quiz (Part One)”

Go Cheapway to… Daisy Nook

Canals and countryside a short walk away from Oldham and Ashton

Sammy's Basin, where the Fairbottom Canal turned left to Park Bridge, with the right hand section leading to the Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne Canal in Droylsden.
Sammy’s Basin, where the Fairbottom Canal turned left to Park Bridge, with the right hand section leading to the Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne Canal in Droylsden.

I first knew about Daisy Nook in my formative years passing the place on countless occasions aboard the 409 service to Oldham. All I knew about was its rural nature, and that it has a canal along the park itself. Another thing I also knew about was its Easter funfairs. I had that pleasure myself back on a sunny Good Friday in 1984, when the 346 used to go to Droylsden via Littlemoss.

Today, it remains a popular spot for anglers, walkers, riders, picnickers and photographers, and it is accessible from Littlemoss, Hollinwood and Bardsley Brow. It is hard to imagine how in some people’s living memories how Daisy Nook was far from the semi-rural idyll it is now. Continue reading “Go Cheapway to… Daisy Nook”

Ashton Bus Drivers’ Easter Cheer

Egg-cellent work for Tameside Hospital’s young patients

Stagecoach Manchester drivers from the Ashton depot with Lisa Edge and her mum. Photograph: © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd
Stagecoach Manchester drivers from the Ashton depot with Lisa Edge and her mum. Photograph: © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd

It is always nice to see a feel-good story, and especially one which Tameside Hospital is linked with. Kind hearted staff from Stagecoach Manchester’s Ashton depot played Easter Bunny for a day and donated over 230 chocolate Easter Eggs to the Children’s Ward at Tameside Hospital. Continue reading “Ashton Bus Drivers’ Easter Cheer”