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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Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 10 April 2022

Classy Elland Silver Band shine in a most entertaining concert

Of late, the brass banding gods have been smiling on those who go to brass band concerts in the South Pennines. Saturday night saw a welcome return to Uppermill Civic Hall for Black Dyke Band. Glossop Old Band Room finished off their season with Hammonds Band the following afternoon.

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Thoresby Colliery Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 27 March 2022

Paradise by the podium light for Nottinghamshire band’s visit to Saddleworth

In comparison with brass bands from Yorkshire, the North West and the North East, any concert with an East Midlands band (besides Glossop Old Band) at Boarshurst is a rarity. A special treat for the Band Club’s dedicated members, and a chance to win newcomers over to the club.

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Hammonds Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 20 March 2022

Stunning concert shows off classiness

If your local band chose to do a Fantasy Brass Band League to raise money for the Nationals, there’s every chance your fantasy band will include the MD of Cory. Your line up might have the principal cornet player of Hammonds Band. It would have Elland Silver Band’s youth policy, and an in-house composer/arranger in Paul Lovatt-Cooper. There’s a good chance your Fantasy Brass Band might sound as good as last night’s band did at Boarshurst Band Club.

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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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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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Greater Manchester’s Most Shocking Bus Service Changes Since 1986: The Not So Perfect Ten

A look at the service changes that have shaken our city region’s bus network forever

We are now 35 years into what Andy Burnham called The Free Market Experiment.  As with any free market experiment, there is a smaller number of winners than losers.  Before the first lockdown, having a bus company and a rail franchise was a licence to print money for some operators.  

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In Praise of Superman: A Cheesy Tunes Special

The understated genius of Black Lace’s party anthem

Once upon a time forty years ago, the son of Enrico and a mate of his wrote a cheesy tune called Gioca Jouer. The songwriters, Claudio Simonetti and Claudio Cecchetto (the former being Enrico’s son) did pretty well with their tune. It was used as the opening theme for that year’s Sanremo Music Festival and a smash in their home country, Italy.

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Run to the Hills 2021: A Go Cheapway Update

Hillside views a bus, train or tram ride, or quick walk away

Since our original 2014 article, we have decided to create an updated version. In the last seven years, bus routes and operators have come and gone, and your author’s knowledge of the hills has improved since then.

Was it really seven years since we first wrote this piece? Back then, we had some great weather. Seven years on, the last month has seen some fantastic weather for picnicking or admiring rural views. Since the first COVID-19 lockdown, many people have taken to the hills instead of the shopping centres.

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Transdev Takes Over Yorkshire Tiger

Arriva UK bus sells West Yorkshire operator to Transdev Blazefield

This Summer, there will be a change of ownership for Yorkshire Tiger. It was announced today [Thursday 15 April 2021] that Arriva UK Bus have decided to sell their Yorkshire Tiger operation to Transdev Blazefield. The sale includes its two depots in Elland and Waterloo and 61 buses.

All but two routes, the 231 and 232, will be transferred to Alex Hornby’s company. These routes between Huddersfield and Wakefield (via Emley Moor) will be part of Arriva Yorkshire. The move will also affect 163 drivers, engineers, cleaners and support staff.

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