Christmas 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018 Bus Services in Tameside

Christmas and New Year bus service information for passengers in Tameside and surrounding area

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. With Christmas drawing near, we at East of the M60 look at our Yuletide buses within the Tameside area.

As with the last four Christmases, Stagecoach Manchester and First Greater Manchester will be operating a skeleton service on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day along trunk routes. For Tameside’s football fans, the first fixtures of 2018 will fall on a Monday, which is New Year’s Day.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #6, Dragster

The need for speed

Thursday 30 December 1982

Some people like to take things easy. Not I. If I’m going to Ashton, it’s the 350 every time. I would like to catch the train on some occasions but Mossley only has a few trains in the peak hours. Still, 20 minutes to Ashton-under-Lyne’s not too shabby compared with an hour on foot.

At Wimpy, I met up with my friend from Copley, Nathan (you know, the fellow whose house I stayed in due to the Chemstar explosion). He and his Dad go to Belle Vue to watch the Aces in action. If he took the bus, this would mean a 343 or 344 to Hyde then the 210 or 211 down to Belle Vue. Luckily, his father’s the proud owner of a six-year-old Hillman Avenger (that’s four Clippercard numbers saved). He told me the track’s promoter wants to introduce tractor pulling and dragster racing to Hyde Road.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #5, Brit Quiz

Crown and Andrews’ Round Britain Quiz

Wednesday 29 December 1982

My drawing skills aren’t up to much, which is why I can play more than three chords on my guitar. I was toying with the idea of designing a board game entitled Race To Ashton. The idea was you could get to Ashton from Mossley on four methods: narrowboat, bus, train, or foot. I ran the idea past Donna (who at seven years old can draw the George Lawton Hall from memory). She said “boring”. I suggested a Round Britain style game based on InterCity trains. Nothing. Nil. Nada. Stuck at Guide Bridge East signal box.

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University of Salford Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Class act from future stars of brass banding world

Whereas the Oxbridge universities have produced Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers, the University of Salford has done the same with brass band players and conductors. The Brass Band Musicianship course, created by the late Dr. Roy Newsome, has an alumnae that is the envy of many institutions. Previous students have included Gary Cutt and Paul Lovatt-Cooper. Previous tutors include Peter Graham, Russell Gray, and Darrol Barry.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #4, Horror House

Could you escape a haunted house?

Tuesday 28 December 1982

I have had some close shaves in my time. Firstly, the 343 or 350 to Mossley Hollins can be quite scary. Especially when some of my peers try to run from the back to the front of the bus whilst the vehicle’s in motion. Even more so as the 343 negotiates Winterford Road. I would walk from Mossley Hollins to Waterton Lane, but decided against it after last year’s awful winter.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #3, Hungry Hippos

Why four morbidly obese hippos provide a fun five minutes of frenetic entertainment

Monday 27 December 1982

Has the record buying public lost their marbles? Why on Earth-Next-The-Sea didn’t The Jam stay on the top spot? Well, it turns out they bought Rene and Renato’s disc by the truckload. Yes, that soppy dirge entitled Save Your Love. Just to make things worse, the trusty Lilywhites drew two apiece with Witton Albion. (We’ll get our own back at The Central Ground on New Year’s Day).

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Merry Christmas from East of the M60: image by Mike Serigrapher, 2009 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Small Business Saturday and Tameside Christmas Market;
  • Bake and Taken?
  • Two for joy for accessories retailer;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

At this time of writing, we are now into the second weekend of the Tameside Christmas Market. In our opinion, Christmas doesn’t really begin in Tameside till the first trees are sold in Vaughan and Lester. With their delightful grotto display.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #2, Striker

Table football with a kick

Sunday 26 December 1982

Boxing Day. Compared with Christmas Day, I prefer Boxing Day. Why, may you ask? Football. A Derby match of some description. But today is Sunday, so my beloved Lilywhites play their Boxing Day match tomorrow. A home game at that, versus Witton Albion. Instead I had to console myself with a game I received in Christmas ’79. To the strains of Tommy Vance with the Christmas Top 40 run down.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #1, Pac-Man

East of the M60’s opens the first door on this year’s Advent Calendar

This year’s Advent Calendar will be focusing on obscure board games. As well as a little look at the board games, seemingly lost in the mists of time, each piece is prefaced by a diary entry. Fictitious yet reflective from our chosen era (1982 – 83), it covers the diary entries of a teenage lad called James South.

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