Liverpool: The End of Steam

Liverpool: The End of Steam

On the evening of Saturday 3 August 1968, people arriving at Preston station to catch the 2048 to Blackpool North or the 2125 to Liverpool Exchange, must have wondered just what was going on. There were hundreds of people milling about – many carrying cameras and...
Charity Shields

Charity Shields

Liverpool and Manchester United are old hands at playing each in the football season’s annual curtain-raiser – the Community Shield. The close rivals have notched up five memorable clashes between them – in 1965, 1977, 1983, 1990 and 2001. Liverpool won in 2001,...
Ford Capri

Ford Capri

There was always something exotic about the Halewood-produced Ford Capri. Its name alone was sunny and cosmopolitan, unlike the more steadfast-sounding Anglia, Standard and Consul. On TV, policemen and gangsters alike loved its sleek looks and raked rear window – the...
HMS Conqueror

HMS Conqueror

When nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sped down the slipway at Birkenhead in 1969, no-one suspected it would one day sink an Argentinian battleship half way round the world. The 5,400-ton vessel, built by Cammell Laird at a cost of £30 million, was designed to hunt...
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...
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...
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