Then & Now – Prince’s Dock, Liverpool

Then & Now – Prince’s Dock, Liverpool

Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester and Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. Our main image this week shows Prince’s Dock, Liverpool in January 1966 looking towards the Royal...
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...
Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman

A ground-breaking moment for British television took the nation by storm on the evening of Tuesday November 1st 1977. It was a drama from the BBC’s Play for Today series, which often pushed TV boundaries by giving opportunities to bold new writers. But this time,...
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...
Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in the 1970s

Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in the 1970s

You could say the only way was Essex at the Liverpool Empire 45 years ago this month in 1974. Crowds of adoring fans crammed into the theatre to see their idol David Essex croon his way through some of his greatest hits while hundreds waited outside. They’d queued for...
Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine

There was quite a coincidence in the Liverpool theatre world this month in 1985. While Willie Russell was finishing his play Shirley Valentine about a bored Merseyside housewife who finds a new zest for life on a Greek holiday, Liverpool Playhouse were importing 30...