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The ultimate Stockport Christmas shopping guide!

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is currently worth 194 billion dollars. That’s quite a lot of money, isn’t it? He probably doesn’t need your support this Christmas. But businesses in Stockport do, now more so than ever after the trials and tribulations of this year. Yes, it’s easy to buy stuff off Amazon, with the internet giant listing every product that’s ever been made. But that’s where The Viaduct comes in! Because we’ve made it just as easy to find all your Christmas presents in one place, with our ultimate Stockport Christmas shopping guide. This list will be updated on a daily

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MP calls on Sainsbury’s to halt plans to close Stockport store

Plans to close a major supermarket in the heart of Stockport have been challenged by the MP. Navendu Mishra this week wrote to Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Simon Roberts to ask him to reconsider the move to shut the Sainsbury’s Stockport Superstore in Warren Street. In his letter Mr Mishra raised concerns that the decision will impact thousands of people across Stockport, including the 87 employees who now face the prospect of losing their livelihoods just weeks before Christmas. He stated that “In the middle of a pandemic and in precarious economic circumstances, this is incredibly worrying news, and I would

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Rochdale 1-2 Stockport County – The Morning After

Through to the second round of the FA Cup after beating a side two divisions higher. Second in the National League. Yeah, this Covid thing needs to bugger off sharpish. Another fantastic victory for County at the weekend, with a superb FA Cup giantkilling at Rochdale, which puts us just ninety minutes away from a possible trip to one of the Premier League big boys. Giving us their thoughts on Saturday’s game at Spotland are County fan Mark Love and Rochdale fan David Chaffey. Photo courtesy of Mike Petch. Yesterday’s match in one word:Mark (County) – Businesslike.David (Rochdale) – Frustrating.

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Things to do in Stockport in November!

1 – Order a personalised portrait of your own homeStockport-based artist Kate O’Brien offers a bespoke service where customers can order artwork depicting an image with personal meaning for them. People always say “home is where the heart is” and what better way to celebrate that than by having Kate commission a special portrait of your own home, taking pride of place in your dining room or living room. Kate has a shop/studio inside Stockport Market Hall if you fancy popping in for a chat. Or you can call 07855 859094 or email kateobrien81@yahoo.co.uk 2 – Have your house decorated

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Chesterfield 1-2 Stockport County – The Morning After

Well, that opening day defeat at Torquay has quickly been forgotten about hasn’t it? It’s four wins on the bounce since then, the latest on Saturday night thanks to Alex Reid’s 85th minute winner at Chesterfield in front of the BT Sport cameras. County fan Gareth Eccleston and Derbyshire Times writer Liam Norcliffe look back at Saturday’s match for The Viaduct. Photo courtesy of Mike Petch. Yesterday’s match in one word:Gareth – Gritty.Liam – Frustrating. Pre-match thoughts:Gareth – I knew it would be a tough game, but we had a good chance of taking all three points. We’re bang on

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Stockport Blind Date – Jon and Claire

Jon, a 40-year-old senior information manager from Wilmslow, meets Claire, a 33-year-old scientist from Edgeley. JON ON CLAIRE What were you hoping for from your date?To have a fun and enjoyable evening and to see where things go. First impressions of Claire?Really bubbly and talkative and we were on the same wavelength. What did you talk about?We spoke about loads of different things including family, jobs, sport, each other’s backgrounds, travelling, music and the fact that I’m a southerner! Any awkward moments?None whatsoever. What did you have to eat?Curry. Good table manners?Yes! What were your thoughts on the restaurant?Nice restaurant

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2020 in Heaton Norris

Throughout the month of October, The Viaduct will be publishing a series of articles on what life has been like in Stockport in 2020, since the town was placed under lockdown back in March following the initial outbreak of the Coronavirus. From local businesses to social groups, schools to residents, we’ll be speaking to people from across the town to get a variety of perspectives on how this year has affected them. To kick off this new series of features, we start with the place the editor of The Viaduct spent the first 18 years of his life – Heaton

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Wealdstone 2-5 Stockport County – The Morning After

Don’t say this too loudly. In fact, whisper it for now. But Stockport County could be starting to mount a serious promotion challenge this season. Top scorers in the National League, County are now just one point behind leaders Hartlepool following Tuesday night’s 5-2 victory in London. The Viaduct looks back at last night’s seven goal thriller by speaking to County fan Matt Stambach, and Wealdstone fan Mike Renny. Photo courtesy of Mike Petch. Yesterday’s match in one word:Matt – Comeback!Mike – Sobering. Pre-match thoughts:Matt – A long away day on a Tuesday can always be tough, but with the

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Stockport in Tier 2 – Reaction

October the 14th. The date on which Usher was born in 1978, the channel Dave launched on Freeview in 2007, and when Felix Baumgartner hurtled towards the Earth from a balloon in space in 2012. Nothing as exciting on this particular date in 2020, although it’s certainly an important one, as Stockport is placed in Tier 2 under the latest Coronavirus restrictions. For now, our pubs and bars can remain open. In places like Liverpool, under Tier 3, it’s a very different story, with pubs and bars having to close their doors immediately. As with the rest of the UK,

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A message for all Bredbury Hall employees

Following our article we published on Sunday – A Tribute To Bredbury Hall – we have been contacted by Linder Myers Solicitors regarding the fact that former employees of Bredbury Hall could still get up to 90 days’ pay. Due to the fact employees of Bredbury Hall were not consulted over the decision, they may be entitled to claim a protective award, which could result in them being awarded three months’ pay, which could be a real lifeline to those facing redundancy, especially in these difficult circumstances we’re all going through at the moment. If you’re a former employee of

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