On Reflection: The Joy of 3-2-1

A look at the bafflingly popular Yorkshire Television quiz show which ran for ten years

Before the 29 July 1978, Saturdays in front of the television meant World of Sport or Grandstand. Then a peek at the latest imported programme at teatime (something like The Man From Atlantis). Encroaching into the prime time slot, there was one inalienable truth for many viewers: the BBC had the best variety and light entertainment programmes. Continue reading “On Reflection: The Joy of 3-2-1”


Whit Friday 2017 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results.

Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey Bands dominant

The Saddleworth contests proved to be a good Whit Friday for the Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey bands. If we were allegorical about the Saddleworth villages’ first prize winners, in political terms, a Hung Parliament compared with the Foden’s Band’s landslide victory in Tameside.

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Sidebottom Fold Set To Be The New Glastonbury

East of the M60 World Exclusive: BridgeFest 2017 about to be Stalybridge’s first music festival

Thousands of music lovers could be descending on Stalybridge in the middle of June for three solid days of live musical entertainment. Entitled BridgeFest, it aims to do to Sidebottom Fold what Michael Eavis did for Glastonbury. There will be four stages, a food court, some tribute acts as well as up and coming bands, plus a choice of first class and second class camping facilities. Food and drink will also be locally sourced with gluten free, wheat free, vegan, and dairy free options available. Continue reading “Sidebottom Fold Set To Be The New Glastonbury”

Whit Friday 2016 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results.

Fairey, Hepworth and Brighouse and Rastrick bands take centre stage in the Saddleworth contests

In the Saddleworth Whit Friday band contests, the balance of power has shifted from Queensbury to Brighouse, Hepworth and Stockport. Brighouse and Rastrick Band were top dog at Delph and Denshaw. Fairey won the top prize at the Lydgate, and Scouthead and Austerlands contests. Winning at Diggle and Dobcross, a recently re-energised Hepworth Silver Band.

In Lees and Springhead, the Birmingham Conservatoire band picked up the top prize with Brighouse and Rastrick in second place. Over at the Friezland contest, it was Greenfield which picked up top honours at the contest for lower section bands. They were also the first band to play at the parish hall.

The atrocious weather did nothing to stop the bands descending on the Saddleworth venues. Delph played host to 80 bands; Dobcross saw 70; and Diggle equalled their contest record of 63 bands. There was 48 bands at Friezland, a figure modest for Saddleworth standards, but a fantastic one if held three miles south of the venue.

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Stalybridge Town Cinema, March 2016: Many Yanks for a Great Night

Another good night at the Town Cinema

Last Tuesday’s showing of Yanks [on the 22 March] was well received at the Stalybridge Town Cinema. The film, directed by John Schlesinger (1979), was chosen by means of a public vote on the Stalybridge Town Community Cinema Facebook page. Among its audience, the 2 hour 15 minute film was well received. Continue reading “Stalybridge Town Cinema, March 2016: Many Yanks for a Great Night”

Stalybridge Town Cinema’s Eastertide Feature: Yanks

A look at the John Schlesinger film set in Richard Gere’s favourite town

Before we begin…

Shortly after Richard Gere’s interview was shown on BBC One’s Breakfast programme, the Stalybridge Town Cinema will be showing his 1979 film, Yanks this Tuesday [22 March]. The film, directed by John Schlesinger, is set in Stalybridge, the Saddleworth villages, Stockport and Hyde. Continue reading “Stalybridge Town Cinema’s Eastertide Feature: Yanks”

Stalybridge Town Cinema’s Second 2016 Feature: The Jersey Boys

A look at The Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood’s biopic of Frankie Valli’s group

Late February, back in ’16 (no, the title doesn’t scan right, too many syllables in February). Tuesday, 23 February will see Stalybridge Town Cinema’s second flick of 2016. After the escapism of the Greek islands and wedded bliss, tomorrow’s presentation is quite a difference.
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Great Little Theatres #1: Hyde Festival Theatre

East of the M60 treads the boards in a new occasional series focusing on smaller theatres in Greater Manchester and beyond.

From a personal viewpoint, I place live performance at the highest point of my entertainment hierarchy. Theatre is right at the top, owing to the amount of work required to put on a production. Not only auditions and casting, also set design, hiring the stage lights, promotion, programme and ticket printing, costumes, and the raffle prizes. The aforementioned are a small selection of the logistics concerned. Not least copyright clearance for performing musical scores or the play itself.
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Stalybridge Town Cinema’s First 2016 Feature: Mamma Mia!

A look at Mamma Mia!, the film version of the ABBA themed jukebox musical

Tuesday, 19 January will see Stalybridge Town Cinema’s first flick of 2016 with what is one of Britain’s highest grossing films. Adapted from the 1999 West End musical, the film version of Mamma Mia! packed UK cinemas on its original 2008 release.

It is a film that’ll have you singing your way through the feature! It could possibly get you singing random ABBA songs en route to your humble abode. (Neither East of the M60, nor Stalybridge Town Cinema accept any responsibility for any earworms).
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