Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

It’s hard to believe that half a century has passed since John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous ‘Bed-In’ at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple decided to spend their honeymoon staging a week-long protest against the Vietnam War and other conflicts. They took to...
Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Writer Carla Lane’s smash-hit TV comedy The Liver Birds had an unusual recipe for success – Pernod milkshakes! The programme’s stars, Polly James and Nerys Hughes, used to sip them together to help learn their lines. The magic ingredient did the trick. The Liver...
Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame

It’s hard to believe that nearly 55 years have passed since Georgie Fame topped the singles charts with his 1964 release Yeh, Yeh. The catchy Latin soul tune, first recorded by Mongo Santamaria, ended the Beatles’ five-week reign at No. 1 with I Feel Fine. It was a...
Bits & Pieces – Fun in the snow…

Bits & Pieces – Fun in the snow…

January 20, 1960: Three-year-old Linda Torkington tows her 10-month-old sister Susan in a home-made sledge during the winter snowfalls. The sisters, from Stockport, were playing on the slopes of Lyme Park in Disley. Temperatures in the winter of 1959-60 were not as...
This Week – Smallpox Vaccinations…

This Week – Smallpox Vaccinations…

January 15, 1962: Doctors vaccinate members of the public against smallpox in Manchester Town Hall. Mass vaccinations were a common sight in the 1950s and 60s as smallpox was still endemic in Africa and Asia. It was the first disease to be eradicated in 1980 through...