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Julian Bovis (foreground) Nigel Durkan (behind counter) by Carl Gibson

Art, heritage and looking to the future: the Weavers Factory opens in Uppermill

April 17, 2019 Comments Off on Art, heritage and looking to the future: the Weavers Factory opens in Uppermill

Accomplishment isn’t a steady set of milestones for those committed to a life in art.

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Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

Review: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

I have to admit that when I saw the line-up for Cotton Clouds music festival in Saddleworth this year the only band I really fancied was Sister Sledge.

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Moor fires, image by Claire Fleetneedle

Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

It’s been a weird summer over here at Fleedneedles Forage.

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Sugarhill Gang, Cotton Clouds Festival

Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

A drunk woman gesticulates at me. “The back of the line for beer is there.”

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Diggle Band Club sign

Marching, tradition and fancy dress: The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

June 27, 2017 Comments Off on Marching, tradition and fancy dress: The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

This Whit Friday found me in the South Pennine town of Diggle which has hosted a brass band contest since 2013 as part of the annual Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in and around Saddleworth.

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rushcart dance

Rushcart: The Last Bells You Will Ever Wear

September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Rushcart: The Last Bells You Will Ever Wear

Most Northern traditions involve beer.

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Life on Pig Row

Life on Pig Row: a life, not a lifestyle

March 1, 2014 Comments Off on Life on Pig Row: a life, not a lifestyle

We arrived at Pig Row during a storm, Carol was seven months pregnant, I was recovering from spinal problems and the movers hated us for having so many books.

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