Face Masks to be Made Compulsory on Public Transport

Face coverings compulsory from the 15 June in England If you haven’t already ordered a face mask or face covering like the genius behind East of the M60, now is the time to buy one. Especially so if you make your daily commute on public transport. In today’s COVID-19 statement from the Houses of Parliament,…

Bus and Coach Worker Support Day: Stagecoach Pays Tribute

Industry united in supporting Britain’s bus and coach workers On Tuesday, Stagecoach paid tribute to the country’s bus and coach workers, to mark Bus and Coach Worker Support Day. This recognises the thousands of people involved in keeping key bus services running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saddleworth Scramble Raises £1,800 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Stagecoach Manchester staff scale Saddleworth peaks for charity The hills and valleys which frame the Saddleworth villages bring enjoyment to many walkers and (on Dovestone Reservoir) sailors. From Denshaw to Friezland its pubs fulfil a similar purpose with a wide selection of locally brewed real ales. Especially on the last weekend of August during the…

Cuts Scene Investigation Special: Tameside’s £20m Swimming Strategy

Changes to borough’s swimming provision sees loss of Dukinfield pool but new site for Denton Active Dukinfield to become Dukinfield Sports Village with gym and fitness centre; Active Ashton site to be retained in short term, pending new facility; New Wellness Centre for Denton on site of Oldham’s Batteries works; Swimming lanes to be added to Tameside Leisure Pool….

Cuts Scene Investigation: Could Tameside Swimmers Be Left High and Dry?

East of the M60 looks at proposed swimming pool closures in Ashton-under-Lyne, Denton and Dukinfield For many people, taking your first swimming lesson is a rite of passage. As well as being a fun activity, it makes for a good spectator sport whether it’s a local swimming gala or The Olympic Games. Without swimming pools, there would…

The Legend of Foodidoo

Local Public Health Education Mascots of the 1980s If you remember the joys of a typical primary school assembly, you may well remember singing All Things Bright and Beautiful or Sing Hosanna. Sometimes, fellow pupils would have been invited to stand on a ‘birthday box’ where 200 or so pupils would sing the world’s most…

Ashton Bus Drivers’ Easter Cheer

Egg-cellent work for Tameside Hospital’s young patients 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.

East of the M60’s Budget Statement: The Same Old Scene

Recession broods on, the downturn’s not over Beer tax escalator scrapped with 1p cut in duty; Frackers free to turn Blackpool into The Earthquake Capital of Europe; Public sector’s 1% pay cap to continue till 2016; Corporation Tax rate to reach same rate as present VAT rate by 2015; Sweet Francis Adams for everyone else….

Film Review: The Spirit of ’45

East of the M60 what is on probably one of the most important film releases of 2013 Dogwoof Productions/Film 4/Channel Four Corporation (94 minutes, Black and White/Colour, ‘U’ certificate); Directed by Ken Loach. Squalor, Ignorance, Want, Idleness, Disease: five words which the Liberal Lord Beveridge wanted to eradicate forever after the extreme poverty leading up to…