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Absolute Bowie at the Stockport Plaza

David Bowie’s evolving image has mesmerised fans since the early 70’s and for the first time ever Absolute Bowie will take audiences on a trip that presents all his best-loved personas in all their glory. Performed by a world class five-piece band (six with added saxophone), this brand new and unique concert features three sets and more costume changes than any other show. A true extravaganza of the wonder that is Bowie’s work.

All of the Starman’s greatest hits are performed plus the band perform tracks from the albums:

  • David Bowie
  • Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
  • Heroes
  • Aladdin Sane
  • Hunky Dory and Young Americans through to Heathen
  • Outside
  • Reality
  • Earthling
  • Blackstar

Featuring:

  • the incredible vocals of John O’Neill as David Bowie
  • with Chris Buratti on guitar
  • Fabio Cashio on bass
  • Alex Paollilo on keyboards
  • Alessandro Ricardi on drums
  • and Fiona Asbury on saxophone

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Stockport is getting ‘Metrolink ready’ and this is what it could look like

Stockport town centre has changed so much recently but this potential addition could be a real game changer. New striking CGIs give a glimpse into the town’s future. They show how Stockport’s planned ‘Metrolink-ready’ transport interchange – and a huge new block of flats – will look.

The council has been pushing for the tram network to be extended into the heart of the town for years. That hasn’t been confirmed, but the town hall and transport bosses are hopeful it will eventually happen.

Read the full article from the Manchester Evening News here…

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New Food and Drink Awards are coming to Stockport

Hosted by Robinson’s Brewery, on Wednesday 20th June, are the first Stockport Food and Drink Awards.

Catagories include:

  • Best Ethical food project
  • Best Supplier (Non-Food)
  • Best Producer (Food/Drink)
  • Best Restaurant/Place to eat
  • Sustainability in action award/Best supply chain
  • Best casual eats/Best cheap eats
  • Best drinking establishment
  • Best food and drink newcomer
  • Best Stret food
  • Best digital feed/Instagram Feed/social media presence

Tickets are priced at £17.50 and include a drink on arrival, food tasters, and entry to the after party.

Find out more here…

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Stockport’s Gigantic Jurassic Day Out

Saturday 9th June is going to be a totally packed fun Jurassic adventure as Dinosaur Takeover Day hits Stockport.

Stockport is set to go totally Jurassic as a herd of prehistoric reptiles gets ready to take giant steps into the centre town for Dinosaur Takeover Day on 9th June.

For 160 million years, dinosaurs ruled the Earth and now they are back ready to strut their huge stubby toes around Redrock & Prince’s Street, Merseyway & Mersey Square and St Peter’s ‘Jurassic’ Square.

Over at Redrock, The Light cinema are giving dinosaur themed tote bags away throughout the day – 10 bags every hour from 10am!

Packed full of fun and entertainment for all the family, Dinosaur Takeover Day is completely free for everyone and includes a Dinosaur Park compete with Jurassic jeep, walkabouts from Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor and Dino babies. On stage to entertain the crowds with an exciting show will be children’s presenter Andy Day and the ever-popular colourful Trolls are back with their unique song and dance display. The Dinosaur grill will be serving tasty food, to satisfy even dinosaur-sized appetites.

Meet the Flintstones

A Dinosaur Day Out wouldn’t be complete without the Flintstones: Fred’s incredible stone wheeled ‘footmobile’ will be rolling around Mersey Square alongside the easier to navigate, and slightly more modern-day, rides of the kiddie’s fairground.

Dinosaurs won’t be patrolling the Market Place but you will find the Makers Market where over 50 stalls will be packed with something for everyone: a selection of unique creatives, creators, makers, designers, producers, bakers, musicians and artists.

Plan your Dinosaur Takeover Day out

10.30 – T Rex Walkabout in St Peter’s Square
11am – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway
11.15 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
11.30 – Andy Day’s Dino Show in St Peter’s Square
11.45 – Trolls Show in Mersey Square
12.00 – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway
12.30 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
1.00 – Dino Babies in Merseyway
1.00 – Velociraptors Walkabout in Mersey Square
1.15 –  T Rex Walkabout in St Peter’s Square
1.30 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
1.40 – Dino Babies in Merseyway
1.45 – Trolls Show in St Peter’s Square
2pm – Andy Day’s Dino Show in Mersey Square
2.15 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
2.30 – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway
3 pm – T Rex Walkabout in St Peter’s Square
3.15 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
3.30 – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway

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A tribute to Dusty Springfield at The Stockport Plaza

On Sunday 17th June The Stockport Plaza are hosting a tribute night to the legendary Dusty Springfield.

Dusty & The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic female artistes of our time, the legendary Dusty Springfield.

The show covers an incredibly successful decade for Dusty featuring the songs ‘I Only Want to be With You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, ‘I Just Don’t Know What to do With Myself’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’.

The ever-graceful Shades of the 60s take you on a journey through the artists and writers who worked with Dusty over a career spanning 3 decades; including hits by Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Aretha Franklin and performing popular songs such as ‘Say a Little Prayer’ and ‘Downtown’.
Supported by the glamorous Shades, the soulful Dusty Springfield is honoured and her personality brought back to the stage in a great night out that takes you back to the era of peroxide blonde bouffant hair.

Celebrate the 60s in style, relive memories and create new ones with this unforgettable evening of Dusty and The Shades of the 60s.

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28 Reasons Stockport Is Greater Manchester’s Hidden Secret

It’s as much a part of Greater Manchester as Chorlton, Whitefield or even Trafford – but Stopfordians have their own pride. And when you look at what they have on their doorstep, it’s easy to see why.

Feast your eyes on the coolest little corner of the region that’s getting better and better every year… Explore the full list here

 

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Business Investment into Stockport at an all time high!

Business investment into Stockport is at an all-time high, with deals on over one million square foot of commercial space completed during the past 12 months.

Creating 2,060 new jobs and ensuring another 952 stay in Stockport for the future, the news comes as the town continues to undergo an exciting £1 billion transformation that reinforces its position as a leading business location.

The decisions made by companies to seize the opportunities Stockport offers means the future use of one million sq ft of office, retail and industrial space has been secured over the past year.

Companies choosing to invest in Stockport have included Advanced Laser Technology who moved to Reddish from Manchester; Prince’s Street dessert restaurant Creams and LSH Auto who are investing £60 million into a new Mercedes-Benz dealership and regional hub. A number of local companies have also chosen to expand their business here in Stockport including Rowlinson Knitwear, Wheatley Plastics, CDL and O’Neill Patient Solicitors.

At the same time, new developments across Stockport town centre are quickly filling up.

Eight out of Aurora Stockport’s ten units are already let with many of the businesses moving in choosing Stockport for the first time. Since November, The Light Cinema, Zizzi, PizzaExpress, Berretto Lounge and The Gym Group have all opened at Redrock, and are trading ahead of expectations. Redrock is proving so popular that the Light Cinema welcomed their 200,000th guest recently.

Stockport Exchange, the town’s new award-winning business district has also proven to be a phenomenal success. The first office building, One Stockport Exchange was fully let within just six months to Stagecoach and musicMagpie, who were looking for the perfect locations from which to grow their business. The new Holiday Inn Express is also proving exceptionally popular.

Stockport’s strong investment performance has seen the town placed in the top 10 locations nationally for office occupier investment by “CoStar 50”, as well as the fastest growing economy in the north west in the recent UK Powerhouse report.

 

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Stockport Exchange named as Commercial Development of the Year at RICS awards!

Phase 2 of Stockport Exchange has been voted as the Commercial Development of the year. RICS judges said the buildings have rejuvenated a tired and under-used leisure scheme into an attractive and vibrant new commercial quarter, and brought employment to over 250 people.

Read more and find out all of the winners here…

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Battersby Hat Works on Hemshaw Lane in Offerton secures planning consent and is set to be transformed

Proposals by developer Lane End to convert the Battersby Hat Works in Offerton into 144 homes have been granted planning permission by Stockport Council.

The project on what is currently known as Offerton Industrial Estate includes the demolition of several industrial buildings and the redevelopment of two larger buildings on the site, fronting Hempshaw Lane.

The former hat works will be converted into 45 homes, including 16 apartments, 15 houses, and 13 mews homes, while a feature water tower will also be retained. There will also be 99 new-build homes, with a mix of 48 two-beds, 33 three-beds, and 11-four beds, alongside seven two-bed mews houses.

Working in partnership with housing association Stockport Homes, 55 of the houses will be brought forward for market sale, while 79 will be for shared ownership and 10 will be for affordable rent..

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