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Stuart Vallantine
Left-leaning performance poet, visual artist, public transport enthusiast and full-time geek on the autism spectrum. Also a follower of The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic.
Left-leaning performance poet, visual artist, public transport enthusiast and full-time geek on the autism spectrum. Also a follower of The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic.
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Another thrilling programme of high-octane brass banding Forget John Terry’s substitution and the farcical Guard of Honour. Once more, The Highlight of the Weekend was closer to Stalybridge than Stamford Bridge. This was marked by Elland Silver Band’s…

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Feast of the M60 looks at how the superstore café has evolved in the last fifty years Please forgive me for taking a well trodden part for this introduction. In my formative years, the supermarket café seemed fairly exotic. Supermarkets, when I was young,…

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East of the M60’s preview to this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in the Tameside area Hard to believe we are three weeks away from either getting Strong and Stable Government®, or government for many and not the few. Right, never mind that, it is…

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Ady and Co.’s easy going concert with a number of favourites Littleborough Band’s first 2017 visit to Boarshurst Band Club was met with a good turnout, in spite of the soggy conditions. With an easy going yet pleasing programme, it was a case of ‘easy…

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The World’s Our Bus Stop: 2017 Edition Some of the best laid plans are never planned at all. Some of them are made on the hoof, or they just fall into place. Serendipity and spontaneity can make for the greatest of journeys as we lose ourselves in another…

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East of the M60’s latest Not So Perfect Ten looks at Britain’s greatest television news signature tunes …And now, the headlines from the East of the M60 newsdesk: Leading blog’s countdown of the ten best news themes; Countdown includes nostalgic look at…

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May Marsden date delivers a strong and stable concert Boarshurst Band Club’s first concert of May 2017 was well and truly one to remember. It was an enjoyable programme that was testing and entertaining in equal measure for the band. With the return of…

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This month’s window on the shop windows More Ashton arrivals and departures; Iconic café closes; Updates on the Joint Service Centre; Plus all the usual retail movements. Over the last month, there has been more retail movements of existing stores moving…

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Burnham landslide opens door to mayorship of Greater Manchester Almost as soon as we heard about Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates, Andy Burnham was a clear favourite. As anticipated, the former Labour and Cooperative Party MP for Leigh was duly…

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Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on living in Greater Manchester Being able to move around Greater Manchester, as well as employment prospects, and a clean environment are key to the city region’s attractiveness for potential residents.…
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