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...
The Scaffold

The Scaffold

Most Merseyside bands of the 1960s tried to pick a catchy name when they took their first steps in the music business. Something like the Beatles perhaps, or the Searchers or even the Escorts. Not so the Scaffold. They started life as ‘The Liverpool One Fat Lady All...
Princess Margaret Visits Manchester

Princess Margaret Visits Manchester

The world was dazzled when Princess Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong Jones at Westminster Abbey on May 6th 1960. It was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on TV – and more than 300 million people across the globe tuned in to watch it. At the time,...
Keith Richards Mobbed by Fans

Keith Richards Mobbed by Fans

March 11, 1965: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is mobbed by fans after recording ITV’s ‘Scene at 6.30’ show in Manchester. The Granada weekday news magazine programme ran from 1963 to 1966 and was broadcast in the north of England only. Leading bands of the...
Doddy’s Music Box

Doddy’s Music Box

If you were watching TV early on a Saturday evening in the late 1960s, the chances are you’d see the unmistakable toothy grin of Ken Dodd smiling back at you. The Knotty Ash comedian was the host of Doddy’s Music Box produced at the ABC studios in Manchester from 1967...
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...