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Then & Now


Val Doonican 1975

Our main image this week shows popular singer and entertainer Val Doonican with stars from the Royal Ballet at Manchester’s Palace Theatre. The date is October 1975.



Manchester Theatre School

Popular presenter Matthew Kelly and Shakespearean stalwart Sir Anthony Sher have a big reason to thank Manchester School of Theatre. How well do you know the stars who studied for the big time in Manchester?

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Women at War

iNostalgia looks back on women at war in Manchester from 1939 to 1945 with the aid of remarkable photos from the M.E.N. archive

Princess Elizabeth in Albert Square 1949

Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today. Our image this week shows Princess Elizabeth, our future Queen, reviewing troops in Albert Square. It is March 1949, just four years after the end of the Second World War.

Memories of the 70s

How well do you remember Manchester in the 1970s? It was a time of industrial unrest, the three-day Week, decimalisation and the nation’s entry into the Common Market. Why not test your knowledge of the 70s in our weekly nostalgia quiz? It’s just the tonic for the continuing lockdown.

Manchester 1980s

How well do you remember Manchester in the 1980s? Why not test your knowledge in our nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends?



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