Then & Now – Owen Owen

Then & Now – Owen Owen

Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. Our main image this week shows the familiar Owen Owen department store in Clayton Square just before Christmas...
Singers of the 50s

Singers of the 50s

A decade before Merseybeat exploded on the scene, singers Frankie Vaughan, Lita Roza and Billy Fury were putting Liverpool firmly in the national spotlight. Roza became the first women ever to top the UK singles chart in 1953 and Fury ended up matching the Beatles hit...
The Death of John Lennon

The Death of John Lennon

The music world was numbed when the news broke that former Beatle John Lennon had been shot and killed outside his New York home in December 1980. Mark Chapman fired five bullets at Lennon from a range of three yards as he was returning to his apartment in the Dakota...
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,...