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<B>Wednesday 16 December:</b> Date set for Oyster cards, funeral of Maggie Jones, and another offie for 'alcohol alley'

Published on December 16th 2009.

OYSTER-STYLE TRANSPORT CARDS WILL arrive in Greater Manchester in the next five years. Transport secretary Lord Adonis announced that the microchip tickets will be installed in transport smartcards paid for in advance or on a person’s phone or bank card. The area is one of nine outside London set to introduce the system. It is expected to be up-and-running by 2015.

THE FUNERAL OF CORRIE’S MAGGIE JONES took place in London yesterday. The star, who played the sharp-tongued Blanche Hunt, died on 2 December aged 75 following major surgery. A Coronation Street spokesperson said the service was “beautiful and dignified”. It was attended by family, friends and cast members. A minute's silence was observed on the soap’s set. A memorial service is expected to take place in Manchester in February.

SALFORD’S SLUMS WERE the subject of a film screening at the King's Arms last night. The Changing Face of Salford was made between 1968 and 1970 by former Salford sociology lecturer Michael Goodger to record living conditions in Ordsall. The series of films chart the area’s poverty, and the local authority's decision to clear 'unfit dwellings'.

RESIDENTS HAVE CHALLENGED the opening of a 23rd booze outlet on Moston Lane after Bargain Booze applied for a licence to open in a former beauty parlour. Dubbed ‘alcohol alley’ by locals, it would be the sixth off-licence within a 1.4-mile stretch of road, which also has 16 bars. One councillor said, “We need this like a hole in the head.”

This ‘N’ That wisdom: A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 3/10

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