Blackpool Postcard

The Wonder of Wakes Weeks

Ever wondered about the Wakes Weeks and when they are?

Many moons ago, before East of the M60 was as well-known as it is nowadays, we posted a review of Channel Five’s documentary on the Oldham Wakes. It was part of a series called Disappearing Britain, the Oldham Wakes episode was hosted by Sarah Lancashire (or Raquel off Corrie if you watched the soap in the 1990s). The programme had vox-pop interviews with Ms. Lancashire decrying the state of Blackpool.

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Longdendale from Woodhead, Dave Dunford (2004)

Seven Go Camping in Crowden

S.V’s night under the stars along with six others from Ewing School

As I write this entry, it is exactly thirty years since my last breakaway with a few fellows from Ewing School. In addition to the Middle Group’s annual holiday, yours truly with four other pupils (who left Ewing School the following month) had a weekend away in Crowden.

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Pyongyang Metro Station

Official! It Is Now Easier to Travel from Wigan to North Korea than to Dukinfield*

Why a Wigan travel company is offering an inclusive train tour from Wigan North Western to Pyongyang

A wee while back we looked at a 1976 Nationwide clip on Oldham MBC’s drive to promote Oldham as a tourist attraction. We looked at how you could spend a week in Oldham town centre and its surrounding area.

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Could You Spend a Week in Oldham?

Does Oldham and surrounding area have enough attractions for a week’s holiday?

This week, Northwest Tonight and its predecessor Look North West have celebrated its fiftieth birthday. Via social media channels, the BBC Archive has scoured the library for weird and wonderful regional clips.

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Moovit’s Big Bang Update

Moovit 5.0 sees radical change in design

Two REAL trains
Improved Features: though the latest changes wouldn’t offer you any insurance against Pacer units on the Rose Hill Marple service, there are marked improvements to the apps aesthetics and heuristics. Image by Mikey, 2012 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

Moovit 5.0 has been given a complete redesign. Its recent developments have been based on fully understanding its users and their needs. These have been from primary research and user input over the four years since the app’s existence. The new version restructures the incredible amount of data transport available so that users get the information they need at a glance.

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App Update Details Station Closures and Engineering Works

Moovit 4.13 for Android enables users to record temporary station closures and track maintenance issues

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Automatic doors sticking at Scarborough station? The latest update for Moovit enables you to report problems affecting your train journey. Not only signal failures, but also malfunctioning lifts and escalators. Image by Matt Buck (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

When Allen, Brady, and Marsh prepared their advertising pitch for the British Rail contract in 1976, the newly-appointed BR chief, Peter Parker, was ushered into a scruffy reception area. There were cigarette dimps, used coffee cups and a table with tea, coffee and beer stains. This gave the chief a look at Britons’ popular perceptions of waiting rooms in British Rail stations. Continue reading “App Update Details Station Closures and Engineering Works”

Brexit Fails to Curb Brits’ Enthusiasm for International Travel

Survey Reveals Britons’ Spirit of Adventure

  • 43.2% wish to travel internationally this summer;
  • 20.3% are planning a staycation;
  • 65% of participants cited affordability as the key factor when choosing a holiday;
  • 80% of Britons abroad opt to live live a local and use public transport in their host country.

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How I Spent My Staycation: one in five UK holidaymakers wish to holiday in Britain. Seen leaving Scarborough is 185117, bound for Liverpool Lime Street via Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly. Image by Matt Buck (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

In spite of Brexit fever, our love of holidays abroad hasn’t been sullied (least for now) thanks to a survey by users of the Moovit app. The survey questioned 3,000 users about choosing an overseas holiday or a staycation. Also their preferred modes of transport, public or private. Continue reading “Brexit Fails to Curb Brits’ Enthusiasm for International Travel”

The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times

A look at the North Wales resorts in the 1980s and 1990s

With the Wakes Weeks upon us (Oldham’s starting on the 27 June, Stalybridge’s being from the 19 July), a great many of us may be in holiday mood. Today’s holidaymakers – thanks in no small part to our continued membership of the EU – think nothing of boarding a flight to Spain, Greece or Turkey. For some, as second nature as boarding a 216 bus into ‘Town’. Continue reading “The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times”

A Call on the Fylde: The Shard Riverside Hotel

Inside a real gem on the banks of the River Wyre

Shard Bridge at dusk, Hambleton/Poulton-le-Fylde
The Shard Bridge at dusk, viewed from the outdoor seating area of the Shard Riverside Hotel, Hambleton, Lancashire.

I don’t leave the house as often as I should, for reasons besides work or following The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic®, but this time last week I had good reason. A very good reason as to why East of the M60 was quiet. Continue reading “A Call on the Fylde: The Shard Riverside Hotel”

Autie Friendly Holiday Planning: 4. Taking The Long Way Home

Part Four of our useful guide

Stalybridge Station, from end of platform 1
Journey’s end: Stalybridge railway station looking towards Manchester.

On the lengthiest of bus or rail journeys I take, I always think of the first track on side two of Supertramp’s Breakfast in America album.

The appropriately titled Take The Long Way Home, also a staple tune of Roger Hodgson’s solo concerts.

You may be wondering how I mentioned this classic tune in a part work on autism spectrum condition friendly holidays. It is partly my love of all things Supertramp and of public transport. Sometimes I call catching the all stations train from Huddersfield into Stalybridge (over TPE’s faster one) as Operation Helliwell (as in Supertramp’s saxophonist and concert Master of Ceremonies John Anthony Helliwell).

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Oops! We seemed to have strayed from the original premise of our fourth part. By Friday, there’s every chance we may have got used to the holiday routine. We would have known which times are good for breakfast or evening meal. Owing to the change from ‘holiday mode’ to ‘home mode’, the transition might be a little upsetting. Continue reading “Autie Friendly Holiday Planning: 4. Taking The Long Way Home”