BD1 Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (22 May 2022)

Second to none showing from fledgling band

Fans of a certain football club may argue that Manchester’s second club is their reserve side. They might say that Manchester’s third biggest club opened in May 1982 and closed for good in July 1997.

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Mossley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (08 May 2022)

Lively programme with memorable solos makes for great night

For such a small place, Mossley has a place in brass banding history that is the envy of larger population centres. Last night’s band was the first winner of the British Open championship which started life in Belle Vue, Manchester. Back then, it was known as The Belle Vue Championship.

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Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (01 May 2022)

Sterling service from Middleton Band with Jamie Cooper behind the podium

No matter where they are in the national rankings or which section they are, Middleton Band never fail to give a great concert. Since East of the M60 began reviewing concerts, each concert of theirs has had an enjoyable mix of light-hearted pieces and technical works. Their latest one at the start of May 2022 was no exception.

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Four Weeks in the Life of Fun Time Friday

How and why Stuart and Kevin were no April Fools in Future Directions’ most celebrated streamed sessions

“We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.”

An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley (1894 – 1984)

John Boynton Priestley could have preempted the arrival of Kevin Phoenix’s song Stronger Together. His quote from An Inspector Calls is in simple form, our need to be one happy family. He may well be looking to our time on Earth, the planet that Professor Carl Sagan called “the pale blue dot”.

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Oldham and Tameside Bus Service Changes Extra (24 April 2022)

Two more late additions to the Spring 2022 service changes

In the last 24 hours, we have learned of two more service changes affecting Oldham and Tameside bus routes.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 24 April 2022

End of an era for two iconic bus routes with cuts to Chadderton bus route

How many black cats have the great travelling public of Oldham and Saddleworth run over to effect this spring’s set of changes? The latest set of service changes have seen Oldham and Rochdale at the sharpest end of the cutbacks.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 24 April 2022

Mottram roadworks and operator revisions main factor behind service changes

More than not, the biggest changes to Tameside’s bus routes occur in springtime. For the last two decades, the biggest cuts and operator changes are made at around that time of year.

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Two Quid to Town! The Shape of Greater Manchester’s Bus Fares to Come in 2023

Forthcoming fare changes explained

After successfully fighting off a judicial review with Stagecoach Manchester and Diamond Bus North West, Greater Manchester’s bus fares will be cheaper in 2025 than in 2022. The court ruling, in favour of the office of The Mayor of Greater Manchester, means our City Region will be taking back control of its buses.

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Leyland Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 06 February 2022

Another top drawer performance from the Lancashire Championship Section band

With less than a month to go till the North West Regional Championships at Blackpool Winter Gardens, Leyland Band began their warm-up routine towards a place in the National Finals with style. Prior to their concert at Chorley Town Hall this coming Sunday, Thomas Wyss and Co gave us all a magnificent concert at Boarshurst Band Club.

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Blackpool Postcard

Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 21. Blackpool, Go For It!

East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at a late-1980s/early-1990s advert for Britain’s Favourite Seaside Resort

Long before Energy In Northampton and that song about Milton Keynes in our second Advent Calendar door, there is one town that has got self promotion off to a fine art. One that is a product of the railway age and over a century’s worth of cooperation between the public sector and private enterprise. We are talking a place that sees more visitors than the Algarve, whether they arrive for the day, a week or a fortnight.

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