Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, April 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

April’s window on the shop windows

Hyde, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Oldham
In about ten years time from Smabs Sputzer’s [2012] image, this scene will change dramatically. Since then, the TAC building has been demolished with its replacement due to be finished by the end of this year. Plus you can see Ashton’s IKEA store from the International Space Station.
  • Mettricks to leave Stalybridge;
  • State of local economy inspires aspirant councillors;
  • Claire’s Accessories, Bargain Booze and Select Fashion in trouble;
  • Prince of Orange’s transformation completed;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

We hope you have had a Happy Easter. Hopefully, whilst you are reading this, you would have polished off your chocolate eggs, ate the last slice of Simnel Cake, or seen the Manchester Derby fixture.

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In Pictures: The Last Days of Mercedes Citaro Operation in Tameside and Oldham

A fond farewell to First Greater Manchester’s longest serving single decker buses

Today [31 March 2018] marked the end of an era in First Greater Manchester’s 22-year history of bus operation. Their Mercedes Citaro single decker buses have been retired from revenue earning service. A popular sight in mainland Europe, the Mercedes Citaro bus has had a mixed reaction on these shores. They are seen as the bus equivalent of the ‘Burning Bush’ valve radio due to their combustibility.

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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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Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (March 2018)

Gibbs’ Boarshurst return results in another exciting concert

Newly promoted Middleton Band sprung into action with a superb concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. Last night [25 March], they also became the first senior band to feature in Boarshurst Band Club’s live concert streams.

By coincidence rather than design, Middleton Band’s visits to Boarshurst Band Club are close to the clocks going back or going forward. Whereas November’s concert was close to the former, last night’s concert was hours away from the latter. Continue reading “Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (March 2018)”

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes Extra (Spring 2018)

Further bus service changes and retimings which affect Oldham and Saddleworth passengers

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W349 RJA, Oldham bus station
A Mercedes Citaro on the 425 service to Fitton Hill, seen loading at Oldham bus station.

Since our little look at the future shape of Oldham’s and Saddleworth’s bus routes, a few more changes have been announced in the last fortnight. We now know more about the 59’s early morning journeys. Once again there are changes in store for the 408 route (no change there, then).

Like the Tameside and Glossop addendum, please treat this one as a companion to our more comprehensive bulletin (published on 07 March 2018).
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Spring 2018

Changes to Saddleworth routes see new shuttle service

  • New Saddleworth service to make up for lost Denshaw connections;
  • Farewell to the 82 night bus.
Stotts Tours, Dennis Dart SLF LJ56 ONK, Yorkshire Street, Oldham
Business as usual: Oldham escapes the worst of this spring’s service changes.

For once, Oldham passengers can sleep soundly with this spring’s changes. With the exception of Saddleworth’s bus routes, there will be some slight changes and operator revisions.
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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

March’s window on the shop windows

Joint Service Centre, post-Beast from the East
Work in progress: the Joint Service Centre, Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. Since the demise of Carillion the contract has been transferred to Robertson.
  • M&S closures in Denton and Stockport confirmed;
  • Equestrianism supplies retailer moves to bigger out of town premises;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

With the worst excesses of The Beast From The East and Storm Emma, there’s every chance you may be reading this round-up at home. We don’t blame you, though yours truly was daft enough to venture out in these conditions.

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Littleborough Training Band (February 2018): Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Littleborough Training Band’s succinct and entertaining programme at Boarshurst Band Club

On the 11 February, Littleborough Training Band gave us all a succinct and entertaining concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. It also kicked off this year’s programme of afternoon concerts featuring the finest youth bands.

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Denton Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (February 2018)

Hats off to Jim Hunter and Co. in a jolly good show

Denton Brass marked the shortest and most important month of the brass banding calendar with a highly entertaining concert. With a traditional yet accessible programme, Jim Hunter guided the Boarshurst faithful on a journey that took in London’s West End and Australia. Within a tight two-hour programme. Along the way, our tour began at a castle immortalised by the late Goff Richards. We even found time to call in the British Legion club for a farewell pint.

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