Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Hyde Seals Statue

This curious statue outside Hyde Town Hall was unveiled in May 2007 and commemorates the achievements of the Hyde Seals Water Polo Team who were World Champions from 1904 to 1906.

Hyde Seal's men's team travelled to Paris in 1904 as English champions. They took part in a competition organised by the French newspaper L'Auto and defeated the defending champions, Brussels, 14-2 in a match which was played in the River Marne.

The team included George Wilkinson who went on to captain Great Britain to the Olympic water polo gold at the 1908 games in London and at Stockholm in 1912. Hyde Seals returned to Paris in 1905 and 1906 to retain their title. In the ensuing years it has produced swimmers such as Lillian Preece and Sylvia Platt-Rogers.

The club is currently based in Denton - more information on their website.

A contribution to the Curiosities Theme at City Daily Photoblogs.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Bloco Mente Samba group in Hyde

Bloco Mente are a Samba drumming group who meet on Wednesday nights at the Grafton Centre. On Saturday they were entertaining the crowds on Hyde Civic Square.

You'll find many more photographs of the event on their Facebook page.

A contribution to Monday Mellow Yellows and Blue Monday.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Two trains at Hyde Central

Two more photographs following on from the previous post about the Improvements at Hyde Central Station.

As the Northern Rail service from Manchester Piccadilly to Rose Hill (Marple) was pulling into the station a Freightliner locomotive sped through in the opposite direction pulling a large number of trucks.

These trucks will have originated from the Viridor recycling site at Bredbury. I don't know how many trucks there were as they continued to trundle through as I was boarding the Marple train.

A contribution to Blue Monday and Our World Tuesday.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

A new look at Hyde Central station

Back in October 2014 I posted a photograph of the start of the Improvements at Hyde Central station.

As can be seen the platform was been give a makeover but there is still only a small shelter and a few seats for waiting passengers. It still doesn't have the benefit of electronic timetable information screens.

The platform improvements have only been applied to the northern section of Platform 1. The bottom end of the platform has been left unimproved and is fenced off.

The car park at the side of platform 2 was used as storage during the improvement work - see the post here from October 2014. Now at has been resurfaced and lined-out.

A contribution to
Good Fences;
Skywatch Friday;
Shadow Shot Sunday.

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