Ferry Cross The Mersey

Ferry Cross The Mersey

Tony Warren was always the first choice to write the screenplay for iconic Liverpool film Ferry Cross the Mersey. He was the king of kitchen-sink realism after creating Coronation Street in December 1960. Four years later, he’d started work on the movie that would...
Corrie’s New Faces 1968

Corrie’s New Faces 1968

Weddings on Coronation Street are always a hit-and-miss affair – witness Steve and Tracey’s recent nuptials – but one of the happiest took place in May 1968. Newlyweds Jenny Sutton, played by Mitzi Rogers, and Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) danced down the cobbles to a...
British Eagle

British Eagle

The sorry looking row of hostesses’ hats and pilots’ caps at Speke airport said it all. Liverpool airline British Eagle had gone into liquidation. All flights were grounded and the uniforms would never be worn again. Planes emblazoned with the proud British Eagle logo...
Football Pals

Football Pals

It was an unlikely first meeting between lifelong football pals George Best and Mike Summerbee back in 1965. Fed up with staying in his hotel after transferring to Manchester City from Swindon Town, Summerbee decided to go for a walk. He was only 19 at the time and...
Golf

Golf

One of the greatest gestures of fair play in sporting history took place on the 18th green at Royal Birkdale on Sunday September 20th 1969. The 18th Ryder Cup between Britain and the USA was balanced on a knife-edge. The three-day event was all square at 16 points...
Steam

Steam

On the evening of Saturday 3 August 1968, people arriving at Preston station to catch the 20.48 to Blackpool North or the 21.25 to Liverpool Exchange, must have wondered just what was going on. There were hundreds of people milling about – many carrying cameras and...