Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, June 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows Excellent start for Tameside Young Traders’ Market; Ashton-under-Lyne’s Top Shop/Topman store to close after 35 years; The return of a legendary Stalybridge pub – on a new site; Plus all the usual retail movements from Littlemoss to Broadbottom. Had it not been for the successful Tameside Young Traders’…

What Can You Do With a Fallen Pacer?

Department For Transport launches scheme to bring new life to withdrawn Pacer units Has April Fool’s Day 2020 been brought forward? The Department For Transport have conjured up a wheeze to bring new life to the Pacer family of trains. What you may be relieved to find is that continued use on our permanent way…

TV Review: Our Lives: Battle of the Bands

East of the M60‘s review of BBC One’s documentary on brass banding Our Lives: Battle of the Bands: BBC One, 27 May 2019, 7.30pm Presenter: Ruth Madoc; Musical Director (Tredegar Town Band): Ian Porthouse; Musical Director (Cory Band): Philip Harper; Executive Producer (BBC Wales): Christina Macaulay; Executive Producer (Yeti Media Ltd): Siân Price; Producer and…

Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 26 May 2019

A Bank Holiday weekend bonanza of a concert In the last eighteen months, we have seen how Sale Brass have grown as a band. A lot of it has been due to the hard work of John Anderson. Early last year they clinched a Second Place sectional prize at the Butlins Mineworkers’ contest in Skegness….

Leyland Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 19 May 2019

Stunning concert sees Leyland Band firing on all four cylinders Completing the hat trick of Championship Section bands at Boarshurst Band Club last night was a right humdinger of a concert. Thomas Wyss’ Leyland Band gave its live and streamed audience a night to savour. There was four great soloists and a programme that offered…

Wired For Sound! Audio Visual Announcement Trial for Stockport Bus Routes

Stagecoach Manchester to experiment with audio visual announcements on 23 and 325 services If you travel by train, tram, or tube, you may be familiar with the sight of audio visual displays on your usual journey. Your friendly LED display might say “Next stop, Cockfosters” or “the next stop is Ashton-under-Lyne where this service terminates”.

A Brief History of Teen Travel in Greater Manchester

Who remembers Greater Manchester’s previous attempts at wooing teenagers onto the bus? Over the last week, details of Andy Burnham’s Opportunity Pass have been revealed in the Manchester Evening News and on the GetMeThere website. From the 01 September, young people aged 16 to 18 years old – so long as they produce a smart…

Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 12 May 2019

Another great night of brass band music with Dennis Hadfield and Co. With the Spring Festival in Blackpool less than a week away, Milnrow Band gave us a great curtain raiser to their appearance in the Winter Gardens. This was a concert with talent by the bucketload: not only in terms of musicality, but also…

Greenfield Station Snubbed in Access For All Funding Scheme

Why is Greenfield station – the only railway station in Oldham Council boundaries – still inaccessible for mobility impaired passengers? The Trans-Pennine route via Huddersfield should be given the same level of importance as the West Coast Main Line. Or at least any commuter route in the South East of England. Between Manchester and Huddersfield…