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...
When Pele Played at Bolton

When Pele Played at Bolton

It’s hard to imagine the greatest footballer on the planet diving around a muddy goalmouth in a park in Bolton. But that’s exactly what happened on a wet Monday in July 1966 in front of a few spectators huddled together against the rain. For in goal, and out of...