I Went to Preston ‘Spoons at 9am and It Was Quiet As Hell

The eeriness of enjoying an egg muffin early doors at The Twelve Tellers

Over the last month, many of Reach Media’s local newspapers has given readers many Variations on an Early Morning Spoons Session articles. If you go to their Manchester Evening News website, we learned about The Water House at 9am. If you logged on to The Sheffield Star website, there’s every chance we’ll be told of how quiet that one in Hillsborough is on a school day.

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P-P-Pick Up a Puffin: The Joys of Inexpensive Imitation Foodstuffs

Feast of the M60 looks at knock-off foodstuffs

Imitation they say is the best form of flattery. On the other hand, it’s a flagrant breach of intellectual property laws. At present, English and Welsh copyright laws allow some leeway for the use of logos in the context of parody. Well, so long as you are not piggybacking onto a well known brand and trying to steal their thunder because you’ve adapted the Coca Cola logo.

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Stalybridge: Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture for 2022

Greater Manchester Combined Authority £50,000 grant to go towards creative events in town centre

Stalybridge is this year’s Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture, thanks to a successful bid for the accolade. For being a successful bidder, the town will get a £50,000 grant from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture Fund. The grant submission was led by Tameside MBC, in partnership with The Bridge Cultural Consortium. Additional funding came from last year’s Town of Culture partners: Bury Council, Arts Council England and the Victoria Wood Foundation.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, August 2021: The Ashton Review of Shops

Welcome back to your window on the Tameside shop windows

After two months away from looking at the shop windows, The Ashton Review of Shops is back on East of the M60. The creator of this blog has been busier with other activities related to his job and has spent less time in his locality.

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A Foodie Based Recovery for Stalybridge?

Is the way into Stalybridge’s heart through our stomachs?

The 23rd and 24th July 2021 has been a spectacular two days for Stalybridge town centre. From 6pm to 9pm, shoppers descended on Armentieres Square for Foodie Friday – the first of six monthly pop-up markets for gastrophiles. Within minutes of opening, the town centre was packed with shoppers on Melbourne Street, Grosvenor Street and Trinity Street.

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Forgotten Fast Food Joints of the Last Half Century Extra #1: Huckleberry’s

Feast of the M60 looks at some more obscurities in the world of hamburger hawking

Several years ago, we did a Feast of the M60 Not So Perfect Ten on forgotten fast food joints. We included King John’s Restaurant in the now-missed Kings Hall shopping arcade in Oldham, and the Big Bite burger bar that was in the corner of Co-op’s Shopping Giant superstore.

Since 2012, the Great British Burger Market® has become a lot more competitive. Whereas McDonalds is top dog in the mainstream market, Five Guys and Gourmet Burger Kitchen have carved a niche at the premium end. In the middle ground, J.D Wetherspoon enjoys that position, once enjoyed by Wimpy. Where it trumps many of the burger giants is the fact it sells cask conditioned ales.

Alongside McDonalds and Wimpy, the close of the 1970s saw the rise of a third force in fast food in the South of England. It was Burger Queen’s first foray into the UK market. Enter Huckleberry’s.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, May 2021: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s reopened window on the shop windows

For the third time this year, our window on the Tameside shop windows has been delayed. Once again we have deferred this month’s edition to tie in with this coming Monday’s events. Confused? Well you shouldn’t be, because on Monday 17 May 2021, our pubs and cafés will be fully opened. Hurrah for being able to eat and drink inside again.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, April 2021: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s reopened window on the shop windows

For the second time this year, our window on the Tameside shop windows has been delayed. There is a good reason for this, we have deferred this month’s edition to tie in with this coming Monday’s events. Confused? Well you shouldn’t be, because on Monday 12 April 2021, non-essential retail premises will be reopening across the UK. Also our pubs and restaurants – well, the forecourts and gardens of our licensed premises – of those which have Beer Gardens.

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Heck Feck Sausages Packet

A Brazen Banger: Heck’s Feck Sausages

Feast of the M60 reviews Heck’s latest sausage sensation

ALDI, Stalybridge, 1.45 pm: thanks to the third lockdown and one of my parents shielding till the 1st April, I have been charged with doing the big shop. After falling out of love with trudging heavy bags from Morrisons, I discovered ALDI – thanks to being back from a football match far earlier than expected last September. The biggest challenge is trying to find something good for tea that everyone would like at a reasonable cost. In my most recent shop, I came across something different in the cooked meats department.

A pack of sausages inspired by the late Frank Kelly’s most famous comedy character. Any reference to Father Ted was enough to get me purchasing the things. The £1.99 price tag for equally attractive. A change from ALDI’s already delectable Cumberland ones.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2021: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s semi-reopened window on the shop windows

This month will see some sense of normality returning to our High Streets – or at least plans pointing us towards a sense of normality. The first part of this post-pandemic ‘reopening’ will begin with our schools. According to the Government’s Roadmap, non-essential retail businesses will be able to reopen from the 12 April 2021 at the earliest, as will public houses with beer gardens.

In the last month, COVID-19 cases rose for a bit in Tameside before going down in the last week. What effect will the schools reopening have on cases in the next month?

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