Wings

Wings

It was like starting all over again for Paul McCartney when he greeted the audience at the Liverpool Empire this week in May 1973. The last time he’d appeared there was December 1965 when the Beatles were at the height of their fame. This time it was very different....
Busby’s Last Match

Busby’s Last Match

It was an emotional moment on Saturday May 17th 1969 when the referee blew the whistle to end Manchester United’s final match of the season. Not because of the score – United had seen off Leicester City 3-2 with goals from George Best, Denis Law and Willie...
Preparations for Pope’s visit to Heaton Park

Preparations for Pope’s visit to Heaton Park

May 12, 1982: A police dog-handler carefully checks the enclosure built to house the vast crowds expected at Heaton Park for the visit of Pope John Paul II. The Pope was due to say mass in the park on Monday May 31st at a specially constructed open air altar. More...
Speke Airport

Speke Airport

The day before John Lennon was born, a remarkable event took place above the Liverpool airport that now bears his name. It was Tuesday October 8th 1940 and Hawker Hurricanes of 312 Squadron were scrambled from RAF Speke, as it was then known, to intercept German...
Belle Vue Fights Back

Belle Vue Fights Back

Belle Vue, the North West’s premier entertainment park, was going through a rough patch in 1954. The post-war boom, which saw crowds of 250,000 people at holiday weekends, was well and truly over. Attendances had declined and the zoo suffered bouts of vandalism and...