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FREE children’s rides and activities promise to make Tameside Christmas Market a family favourite this year.
The Christmas Market will take place in the Market Street area of Ashton (behind Ashton Market Hall) over the first three weekends of December (2-4 Dec, 9-11 Dec and 16-18 Dec) opening Friday and Saturday 11am–9pm and Sunday 10am–4pm.
It will offer a selection of free rides and craft activities over the three weekends including donkey rides, a ferris wheel, swing boats, land train, a carousel and gingerbread man and bauble decorating – all of it free for everyone!
There will also be over 20 traditional cabin stalls selling handmade crafts and gifts as well as delicious festive food and drinks including mulled wine, craft ales, hog roast, waffles and crepes and other winter warmers.
SCHOOL children and community groups are contributing to a striking new piece of art proposed for the new Tameside Interchange in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The tree-like polished steel sculpture – commissioned using external funding as part of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) interchange project – is based on public transport maps, with branches and interlinking lines tying in with the heritage theme.
It will feature coloured glass designs that reflect local lives, stories and social history.
Artist Michael Condron has been working with TfGM and Tameside Council’s Cultural Services team to involve local schools, community groups and residents in the project. He has been gathering personal stories, memories, drawings and photos to generate ideas for the glass inserts.
The following groups have been involved: Millbrook Primary School; Corrie Primary School; Broadbentfold Primary School; Stitch in Time group and Knit & Natter group. Additionally Michael talked to visitors to Portland Basin as well as shoppers at Ashton Market.
All the school pupils who have taken part have achieved Arts Award Discover accreditation, achieving 100 Arts Awards.
Tameside Council Executive member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is a brilliant project, involving all age groups in what promises to be an amazing piece of art that can be enjoyed by all and which I’m sure will be a local focal point in front of the new interchange. It will also have a lasting impact on all the children who have explored the borough’s roots and their family’s stories as well as learning new art techniques and skills.”
Once completed, the new interchange will have improved facilities including a covered concourse and seated waiting area, a ticket and information outlet, retail facilities and a café.
Chair of the TfGM Committee Cllr Andrew Fender said: “State-of-the-art facilities at the new interchange will encourage more local people to use public transport and Michael’s artwork will be a great addition to it – it will be there for everyone to enjoy.”
Planning permission for the interchange was granted earlier this year and work is due to start this year. Delivered by TfGM, funding for Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne) is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme with additional support from Heritage Lottery funding.