Liverpool Girlbands

Liverpool Girlbands

Forget about the Spice Girls and Sugababes – back in the 1960s two Merseyside bands blazed the trail for girl power! Their names may not be so familiar now, but the Vernons Girls and Three Bells aimed to be the All Saints and Atomic Kittens of their day! The...
Halewood Women

Halewood Women

Thanks to the movie Made in Dagenham, everyone remembers the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike for the 187 women who walked out in Essex. But 195 women at the Halewood car plant went on strike too! Much less is written or heard about them. But their fight for fair...
The Music of Manchester in the 1950s

The Music of Manchester in the 1950s

Nostalgia looks back on the remarkable life of Salford song-writer Ewan MacColl and the music of Manchester in the 1950s Who would have thought that one of the greatest love songs of all time would be shaped in the grimy streets of Salford during the Great Depression?...
Do You Remember – Kathy Staff?

Do You Remember – Kathy Staff?

Dukinfield actress Kathy Staff is most fondly remembered for her brilliant portrayal of Nora Batty in the BBC TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. She played the redoubtable café owner in her ever-present pinny and hair-curlers from the first episode in 1973 until 2008....
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