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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Embarrassment of Mottram Christmas Tree


The Christmas tree on the Market Place at Mottram in Longdendale was branded the worst in Britain when it was planted by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Villager Emma Purcell created the Facebrook Group The Embarrassment of Mottram Christmas Tree as a place for members past and present of Mottram community to air their anger and views about the size and quality of the Christmas Tree, believing they deserved bigger and better! However once the anger had dissipated, "Twiggy", as it has come to be known, has kindled much community spirit.

A charity night was organised with entertainment in the nearby White Hart and carol singing on the Market Place raising money for Reuben's Retreat.

The Crown Pole in the background was originally erected in 1760 to commemorate the coronation of George III.

The village stocks in the foreground were moved here in the 1960s having been discovered during the building of the Hattersley estate.

Another view of the tree can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Trees at the entrance to Hyde Town Hall


It used to be a tradition for a large Xmas tree to be placed outside Hyde Town Hall.

See how it looked in 1998, again in 2009 and the same tree covered in snow in January 2010.

Now though we have far fewer lights and the tree is in the Civic Square.

Recently, however, two new Christmas trees have replaced bushes on either side of the entrance to the Town Hall. One is sponsored by KFC and the other by McDonalds.

A closer view of the sponsored trees can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Shadows across a reindeer


On the penultimate Saturday before Christmas two reindeer visited Hyde Civic Square to the delight of children, shoppers and photographers.

The bright sun cast shadows of the pen across the back of one of them.

See a wider view on Geograph.

See another photograph of the reindeer on sithenah

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Scenic Weekend in Black and White: Grazing land at Broomstairs


Land on the south side of Manchester Road used for grazing when not flooded.

Wilson Brook flows between the trees on the left and meets the river Tame which flows behind the stables on the right.

For a coloured view see the original photograph on Geograph.

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Fences at Hyde Central Station


I posted a view of the improvements being carried out by Northern Rail at Hyde Central Station a month ago.

They are still busy on platform 1 and there is no where to sit while waiting for a train.

A contribution to Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Signs approaching Broomstairs Bridge


A few yards further along Manchester Road from the view posted on Tuesday are these road signs.

Broomstair bridge over the river Tame was originally the boundary between Hyde, Cheshire and Denton, Lancashire. Now both towns are part of Tameside Metropolitan Borough.

Beyond the boundary sign are two warning road signs. One refers to horses which is not surprising as there is a stables on the left hand side and a bridleway on the opposite side of the road.

The other sign warns of cattle!

A contribution to signs, signs.