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Talking about Ashton / Re: Ashton Pictures
« on: December 15, 2016, 12:06 AM »
Stunning, Mark!

Ask a question.... / Re: Christmas Starter
« on: December 12, 2016, 11:53 AM »
"Popular" may be an overstatement!

Memory Lane / Re: Ashton Ginger Beers & Other Stoneware
« on: November 02, 2016, 01:55 AM »
Hello Butty. Message sent to you.

Royal Mail is proposing to close Ashton's sorting office. The most noticeable effect this will have for most people is that they would in future need to go to Oldham's sorting office to pick up parcels or other items that could not be delivered.

Local MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Angela Rayner have set up a petition against this proposal.

If you may be affected by this, please feel free to sign.

General Discussion / Re: In, Out, Shake It All About?
« on: June 25, 2016, 08:42 PM »
Yes, a wonderful day. In just one morning the equivalent of around 20 years of our payments to the EU was wiped off the economy - and that means things like pension funds, ISAs, etc taking a massive hit.
Nigel Farage has now admitted that the idea that £350 million a week could go to the NHS rather than the EU was "a mistake" and MEP Daniel Hannan has back-pedalled on the idea that leaving the EU would bring immigration down.
I wonder which side was telling lies? Both, probably. But, now that Leave has won, they realise they can't fulfil the untrue things they'd promised.
Search engine companies have reported that one of the most popular searches in the UK on the day after the referendum was "What is the EU?" Even the Daily Mail has stunned its readers by telling them the consequences of the Leave vote include more expensive holidays and petrol.

Round and About / The Flying Scotsman
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:05 PM »
The Flying Scotsman has passed through Ashton twice in the last seven days. Both times it went along the line through the site of Park Parade Station and through Guide Bridge, before turning off to Denton and Stockport. This meant that it did not come through Charlestown Station.

I managed to snap it as it passed through Mossley. Sadly it is going downhill and not making much in the way of steam as it would have done if it had been going the other way.

Talking about Ashton / Re: Ashton Pictures
« on: May 01, 2016, 12:03 AM »
I donít know if this wreck is the remains of an original working barge or of a pleasure boat that once plied its trade on the canal around 1900. I took this photo in 1968 when the water level was exceptionally low. To the left is a walled bank indicating the loading stage for coal once brought by tramway from the local colliery.

The boat was a working boat, S-O-N.Your photo must have been taken late sixties as the photo below, taken by Peter Caunt, was taken in the early sixties and shows the chute structure still intact on the coal loading staithe, although the rails of the tramway have been removed.

This photo is looking the other way, from the loading staithe, towards the old pumping station.

Memory Lane / Re: Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« on: March 29, 2016, 07:52 PM »
Oh yes - St Peter's Precinct in Oldham (aka Windy City). As I recall, the only unit that had ever been open in the precinct was Tesco.

Memory Lane / Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:23 PM »
Some of you may be interested to read this blog post by Stuart Vallantine about the development of the 'Precint' over the years:

Bardsley Brewery has been converted into apartments and is now called Springwood Hall.

General Discussion / Re: Scorpions.
« on: February 10, 2016, 01:26 AM »
Elyes also went to St. Ann's School, where I was his teacher.

He has also appeared in Casualty (as Dr Gupta), Waterloo Road (as a teacher) and a number of other programmes.

Scorpion is a US programme that is not available to view online in the UK.

General Discussion / Re: MOAN PAGE
« on: January 27, 2016, 02:06 PM »
Oh, and Hugh Mason did not donate any of the money for the old Swimming Baths.

General Discussion / Re: MOAN PAGE
« on: January 27, 2016, 02:04 PM »
You should join Facebook. There are several 'local' groups and they all seem to be places for moaning about bins, rubbish, dog poo, the demise of Stamford Street, etc., etc.

Talking about Ashton / Re: Nation Gas Engine Co.
« on: January 20, 2016, 10:10 PM »
Still there. Click on this Google Maps link for Ashton Street View and zoom in behind the Harvester sign.

Genealogy / Re: Robert Lees born 1762 and family Hurst
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:51 PM »
Don't understand the "Mossley Street" reference.
What is now Kings Road below Hurst Cross was previously Lower King Street and before that Hurst Knoll Lane. Above the cross it was previously Upper King Street and before that Cross Acre Lane.

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