Beatles’ Swansong

Beatles’ Swansong

More than 40,000 fans applied for tickets to see the Beatles play Liverpool’s Empire Theatre on Sunday December 5th 1965. The venue could only seat 2,250. So the concert, part of the band’s UK tour, was massively oversubscribed. The lucky ones, who paid 15 shillings...
Liverpool Docks

Liverpool Docks

In the early 1960s, the Liverpool Bay and the Mersey was a hive of activity with the regular arrivals and departures of ocean-going cargo liners, coasters, ferries and passenger liners. Added to this was tanker traffic for the various oil jetties and vessels inward or...
Remembering Brian Epstein

Remembering Brian Epstein

It was probably a bad idea for the Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein to snub a breakfast invitation from Imelda Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines. Especially as they were staying in her country. The Fab Four were in the Far East on a concert tour in July...
Everton in the 60s

Everton in the 60s

It wasn’t just the Beatles who put Liverpool on the map in the swinging ‘60s. Everton Football Club were flying high too, winning two league championships and an FA Cup under the watchful eye of manager Harry Catterick. Unlike Liverpool’s extrovert boss Bill Shankly,...
Growing Up In The 60s

Growing Up In The 60s

Mobile phones and computer games were far in the future for children on Merseyside in the 1960s. Books and comics fired the imagination, along with black-and-white TV and the wonderful pastime of ‘playing out.’ Games of football in the streets were commonplace along...
Old Trafford – Behind The Scenes

Old Trafford – Behind The Scenes

Half a century ago this week, the M.E.N. published a fascinating insight into life behind the scenes at Old Trafford during the First Test match against the West Indies. Photographers captured every aspect of the grand cricketing occasion – from cushion-sellers...