Liverpool Dock Strike

Liverpool Dock Strike

Murmurs of discontent were rumbling round the Liverpool Docks during the stormy summer of 1960. Frustrated dockers went out on strike in early July demanding a cut in hours and an increase in wages – and the city’s seafarers soon followed suit. The seamen wanted their...
Battling Bessey

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...
World Cup Stars in Manchester

World Cup Stars in Manchester

It was a poignant moment for Bert Trautmann when he welcomed the West German football team to Manchester for the 1966 World Cup. The Manchester City goalkeeper and former German paratrooper had stayed on in England after being captured in the Second World War. He was...
Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada TV shows like Coronation Street, University Challenge and the Comedians will forever hold a special place in the nation’s viewing memories. But how many will remember less familiar productions like The Man in Room 17, Nice Time or the 1970s pop sensation...
Trains & Boats & Planes

Trains & Boats & Planes

For a few brief months in 1962, the Wirral made history as the location of the world’s first ever passenger hovercraft service. The Vickers VA3 was a wonder of modern engineering. It weighed 10 tons and could carry 24 passengers at speeds of up to 60 knots. It was...
Halewood Women

Halewood Women

Thanks to the movie Made in Dagenham, everyone remembers the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike for the 187 women who walked out in Essex. But 195 women at the Halewood car plant went on strike too! Much less is written or heard about them. But their fight for fair...