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. This week shows the Remembrance Sunday ceremony of November 1952 with members of the armed services gathered around the cenotaph to the east of St George’s Hall.Read More
World boxing champion Hogan Bassey wasn’t the only hard-hitter for Liverpool in the 1950s and early 1960s. His good friend, battling Labour MP Bessie Braddock, packed quite a punch herself in the tough world of politics. She always fought the city’s corner, proving herself a formidable campaigner on housing, health and social welfare.Read More
Although he was born in Nigeria, champion boxer, Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey was proud to call Liverpool his home. Bassey was regarded as one of the great ambassadors for African sport, both as a boxer and later as the coach of Nigeria’s national amateur team. We look back at the highs and lows of a 74-fight career.Read More
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?Read More
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24th November, 1931 ~ Pupils at Chetham’s School in Manchester get to sample the Christmas pudding mixture as the cook gets to work in the old ‘Norman’ kitchen 🎄
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📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?