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
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,
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
Checking into the hotel on a Saturday night, picking up your room card and having a chat with the friendly members of staff who all know you as a regular. Cheeky bottle of vodka in your room with your mates, with a few 80s or 90s bangers playing to accompany your shit, shower and shave. Heading down to the residents’ bar for a couple of drinks, and always chuckling at the mix of Stockport locals and stags and hens from across the UK descending on this weird and wonderful place in Bredbury. Sticking on your wristband and heading down the
If you’re on any of the various social media channels, and you live in Stockport, you’ll have probably come across the mouthwatering dishes being served up by Andy James, owner of the town’s exciting new eatery Ate Days A Week, situated on Vernon Street just down the hill from the market. For our latest Business Of The Day feature, Andy spoke to The Viaduct about the launch of his new venture. Ate Days A Week. Named after a famous Beatles song and a cracking name for a business! Are you a massive Beatles fan yourself or did you just choose
Our latest Business Of The Day to feature is J Atherton Painter & Decorator, a Stockport-based company ensuring a complete professional service from start to finish. John’s extremely busy at the moment, fully booked until February, but we managed to grab five minutes of his time for a quick chat. If you’re looking to have your house decorated in 2021, contact John on 07985 256342 for a free quotation, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, head over to j-atherton.co.uk. When did you first set up your painting and decorating business?December 2001. What made you decide to go into painting and
Kate O’Brien, 38, works as an artist, with her own shop and studio in Stockport’s historic Market Hall. She was born in Nottingham, raised in Whaley Bridge, and moved to Stockport around ten years ago. Favourite Stockport pub? It depends on what mood I’m in really, and there are so many good ones now, especially around the market place. Last time I ventured out I really enjoyed the cocktails at The Good Rebel; the Espresso Martinis are particularly awesome! I can’t really see any need to venture into Manchester anymore with places like this on the doorstep. Favourite Stockport restaurant?
The Viaduct speaks to Kate O’Brien, a Stockport-based artist who creates original and unique hand-painted artwork and gifts depicting the beautiful architecture and scenery in the town. To check out Kate’s work, have a look at kate-obrien.co.uk. Thanks for joining us Kate. First, as you’re an artist, we’ll ask you the most important question. Is Banksy really Neil Buchanan from Art Attack?Wouldn’t that be hilarious?! Seriously though, some of the ‘Big Attacks’ Neil did were awesome, so you never know! You were brought up in Derbyshire. That must have been a nice scenic place to live for an aspiring artist?Definitely! I used