Tecsun PL-310ET radio receiver (with Revolution 96.2FM).

Imagine There’s No Choice… Greatest Hits Radio Swallows Up Cheshire Radio Station

Bauer purchase sees end of Imagine FM

Months after the purchase of Revolution 96.2 FM from Credible Media, Like Media Group’s Imagine Radio was swallowed up by Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio juggernaut. The sale of its flagship station, alongside sister stations, Ashbourne Radio and High Peak Radio was confirmed on the Radio Today website.

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Macclesfield Heritage Centre image by Mike In Macc, 2013.

Silk Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (15 September 2019)

Another warm reception and enjoyable night from Tony Wyatt and Co.

For some brass bands, the middle of September means the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain finals in Cheltenham. Last weekend’s National Finals saw great success for Boarshurst Silver Band (3rd in the First Section final) and the Uppermill Band (Third Section title winners). After six hours and forty minutes on a coach to and from Cheltenham, and seeing several bands at The Centaur, seeing another band would have made you a glutton for punishment.

Whether you took the M5 motorway to Gloucestershire and/or the 350 bus to Greenfield, Silk Brass gave us all a superb concert. A neatly balanced, highly entertaining programme with four memorable solos. After hearing Philip Sparke’s Endeavour up to sixteen times (or Stephen Bulla’s Beecher Variations earlier) there was nothing too heavy going. Light, yet meaty. A perfect concert for anyone who wanted something light-hearted with real substance.

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Greater Manchester Set to Lose Another 17 Trains

Anger as bankers move electric trains to the West Midlands

Class 323 EMU, Manchester Piccadilly station
The Class 323s first arrived in Greater Manchester in 1996, originally for services to and from Manchester Airport. Following issues with Railtrack’s Safety Case, the Hunslet TPL built units’ introduction was delayed by two years. They first appeared on the Hadfield line in November 1997, replacing slam-door Class 305s.

Almost a year after the DfT’s imposition of an evening peak for Greater Manchester’s rail users comes another body blow. Porterbrook Leasing, who owns most of Britain’s trains has refused to offer 17 Class 323 electric trains to Northern Rail’s successors in 2016.

Instead, the rolling stock leasing company (owned by Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Allianz Capital Partners, EDF Invest and Hastings Fund Management) has decided to move them to the West Midlands. At present, the Centro West Midlands boundary sees a number of local services utilising Class 323, and the move allows for greater standardisation. The reason, to reduce maintenance costs. Continue reading “Greater Manchester Set to Lose Another 17 Trains”

Three Peaks for a Grand: Cheshire Climb Creates Windfall for Francis House

Stagecoach Manchester employees scale new heights in Macclesfield beauty spot

Rather you than me, and I can speak from experience having done Tegg's Nose in (seemingly always) inclement weather.
Rather you than me; I can speak from experience having done Tegg’s Nose in (seemingly always) inclement weather, at the age of eight. Seen here is the Stagecoach Manchester team who have scaled the three Cheshire peaks. Including Tegg’s Nose of course, which I have been to a few times with the Ewing School. (Photograph © 2015 Tangerine PR Ltd)

Francis House Children’s Hospice, has seen sponsorship climb thanks to a Cheshire Three Peaks walk, completed by staff and drivers from Stagecoach Manchester. Two teams raised over £1,000 for the leading local bus company’s charity of the year, from across Stagecoach Manchester’s five depots.  Continue reading “Three Peaks for a Grand: Cheshire Climb Creates Windfall for Francis House”