King’s Regiment

King’s Regiment

Many Merseysiders will remember the King’s Regiment, which served with distinction for nearly half a century from 1958 to 2006. Formed from the King’s Regiment (Liverpool) first raised in 1685 and the Manchester Regiment, its soldiers were deployed as far afield as...
Mersey Tunnels

Mersey Tunnels

More than 200,000 people gathered on a fine summer day by the Mersey in July 1934 to witness a major public event for Liverpool. It wasn’t the Reds or Everton bringing back the FA Cup a few months late – or a victory parade at the end of a conflict. The big occasion...
Liverpool’s Big Freeze

Liverpool’s Big Freeze

Resourceful Liverpool manager Bill Shankly knew just what to do when the Big Freeze of 1963 buried the Anfield pitch under a thick sheet of ice. He called in a local tractor owner with a disc harrower to split the ice so it could be bulldozed away before a Fourth...
Manchester’s Big Freeze

Manchester’s Big Freeze

The winter of 1962-3 was unique for Bolton Wanderers. They didn’t concede a point or a single goal – and never lost a match. But they didn’t win any either. In fact they failed to play at all from December 8th to February 16th. Bolton were frozen out – quite...
Images of War

Images of War

Worshippers prayed in silence in St Anne’s Church as the first news of the Normandy landings reached Manchester on Tuesday June 6th 1944. Others crowded round loudspeakers as allied troops made their way into Northern France to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny....
Salford

Salford

Salford was at a crossroads when a cameraman flew over the city to produce a remarkable set of aerial photographs in July 1974. Some Victorian terraces still stood in regimented rows, while others were being torn down in the biggest slum clearances Manchester had ever...