Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 26. If All Cities Were Like Milton Keynes

Our second bonus door of East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar

“You and I in a little toy shop, buy a bag of balloons with the money we got…”

We have now come to our true final door of this year’s East of the M60 Advent Calendar. All being well, The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic should be playing Hyde United tomorrow afternoon which partly explains my 99 Red Balloons reference. As well as reminding me of The Voice’s dulcet tones on a match day, it was a red balloon that inspired Milton Keynes Development Corporation’s finest ever advert.

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S.V.’s Formative Years Festive 50 (1984 – 1985)

The Fifty Tracks of My Years from September 1984 to August 1985

Popular music can take us to a particular point in our lives. It is the soundtrack of our youth, birth, marriage, random bus journey, schooldays or not-so-happier times. Throughout my life, music has played a massive part. You can either see this on East of the M60 in written form, or in my professional capacity with Future Directions CIC on Fun Time Friday.

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Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (12 December 2018)

Superb Silver in party mood with excellent concert

With Christmas drawing near and our brass banding movement’s need to get back to brass with gusto, Elland Silver Band gave us a concert that ticked all these boxes. Apart from having a rich assortment of Christmas pieces, its programme had a nice number of light-hearted popular works and four great solos. All of which played to perfection and lovingly curated by Jonathan Beatty. With their usual Musical Director Daniel Brooks otherwise engaged, they called upon the former Fairey and Dinnington conductor.

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Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 12. East Kilbride: Town of Tomorrow

East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at a 1950s film on a Scottish town known as Polo Mint City

It is nice to find that England doesn’t have the monopoly on extraneous roundabouts in its New Towns. Some locals have dubbed the place ‘Polo Mint City’ due to its wealth of roundabouts.

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Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 11. Welsh Development Agency

East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at a 1990s ad for the joys of moving to Wales

Fed up with daily grind in London? Check. Fed up with commuting from Surbiton to London? Check. Wish to boost employment prospects in Cwmbran and Ebbw Vale? Check. Obligatory piece of music by Welsh recording act? Check.

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Skelmersdale Library image by Rept0n1x, 2013.

Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 10. Grow With Skelmersdale

East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at a New Town noted for roundabouts

One of Northern England’s best known New Towns is famous for two things. One is its roundabouts which the town has instead of traffic lights. Another claim to fame is the Transcendental Meditation movement which inspired the Natural Law Party and reduced crime rates.

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Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 9. The Hills Are Alive (To The Sound of Markets)

East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at market traders’ attempt to sell Coventry Market to the masses

The common and garden retail market seems to be a dying breed these days. What you could buy from the 50p stall or your friendly peddler of discount wares can now be bought on eBay or Amazon. The kind of markets that seem to be thriving are those who are happy to sell you a pork pie for silly money.

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Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 8. A Bit of the Old Ultraviolence

East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at an East London town noted for A Clockwork Orange

For every Hale and Saddleworth, there’s a Lower Broughton and West Gorton. In London, its equivalents of the posh, slightly posh, deprived and rough as a badger’s behind places are Chelsea, Barnet, Thamesmead and Brixton.

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Selling Runcorn By The Pound: 7. I Belong to Glasgow

East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at a futuristic vision for Glasgow city centre

What does Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow have in common? If you know your roads, all the above cities are bisected by urban motorways. Leeds has the M621; Manchester’s A57(M) and A635(M) – the Mancunian Way – are motorway class roads. Cutting part of the city of Glasgow is the M8 motorway. Particularly at the Anderston end of the city.

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Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 05 December 2021

McElligott eloquence and solo excellence behind exceptional Christmas concert

Opening the first of three December concerts featuring Championship Section Bands was Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. In the last year, they finished fourth in this year’s Brass In Concert – the first one to see a live audience since 2019.

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