Category: 1950s

Memories of the 50s Quiz

Our nostalgia quiz this week focuses on Manchester in the 1950s – a time when post-war austerity finally lifted, TV came into people’s lives and Britain’s first motorway was opened in the North West.

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Cenotaph at St George’s Hall

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.

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The Revie Plan

As Manchester United aim to convince doubters over their current match tactics, iNostalgia remembers a football plan that brought success for City the 1950s…

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Battling Bessey

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.

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Liverpool’s Boxing Legend

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.

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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?

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Bolton Win FA Cup

It’s 60 years ago this week that Bolton Wanderers beat a makeshift Manchester United in what became known as the Munich Cup Final. Nostalgia recalls an emotional day.

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