Wigan Music

Wigan Music

Popular music has always struck a vibrant chord in Wigan, stretching from George Formby and his father right through to 90s rock group The Verve. The dance troupe The Eight Lancashire Lads, who gave Charlie Chaplin his professional debut, were from Wigan. So too was...
The Clash prepare for Belle Vue gig

The Clash prepare for Belle Vue gig

November 15, 1977: Punk group The Clash get ready for their gig at the Elizabethan ballroom, Belle Vue, during their 32-date Get Out of Control tour. They are, from left, drummer Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon, lead vocalist and guitarist Joe Strummer, bassist Paul Simonon and...
Hammers Manchester

Hammers Manchester

It was a red-letter day for café owner Phil Cassetari when seven of the biggest names in football arrived at his restaurant for a reunion in November 1971. Six of them – Noel Cantwell, Dave Sexton, Malcolm Allison, John Bond, Frank O’Farrell and Malcolm Musgrove...
Now & Then : St George’s Plateau

Now & Then : St George’s Plateau

Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. Our main image this week shows resolute members of the Home Guard (Merseyside contingent) parading on St George’s...