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Manchester Group Show at Stalybridge

‘It's a Long Way to Tipperary’, but not so far to Stalybridge a former textile town, where the Manchester group held their 2012 Annual Show on the 23 September. The town was where this famous British music hall [1] song was written by Jack Judge [2], allegedly for a 5 shilling [3] bet in a pub in 1912, and then performed the next night at the Stalybridge [4] local music hall. Along with "Mademoiselle from Armentieres", both were written before WW1 broke and then became famous songs of their day sung by the troops. The large Jack Judge bronze statue with his music sheet is an interesting town feature.

Our cars were displayed around the attractive and cobbled Armentieres Square in the centre of Stalybridge, either side of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal [5]. This was as unique setting, for we were the invited guests of the Stalybridge Town Team, an enthusiastic group of volunteer traders attracting new investment and visitors as part of the towns regeneration strategy – ‘a quaint town centre that lost its way’.

We had nearly 20 classic cars on site, plus some unexpected visitors including a 3 wheel Morgan. During the day narrowboats were busy locking through during our display, and the Town Team had brought in market stalls providing hand stitched bags and accessories, Leagram Cheese, Holly Cottage Chutneys, Danielle's Cakes - and a welcome hot canteen as the Pennine winds are a few degrees cooler than Manchester. We had pre advertised the event, and this attracted many visitors from the adjacent supermarket to mingle amongst our cars.

The return journey into Manchester was interesting. I had to wrestle the Big 9 out of the Metrolink light rail system being constructed to better connect East Manchester, as its narrow tyres slotted into the tramlines being embedded in the road, taking us into the station platforms!

A successful day, a really interesting town, and a new canal side venue in Stalybridge we really must revisit.

Report by Andrew Davis 

Manchester Standard Triumph Group

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January 2013