Lifting Shambles

Lifting Shambles

Buildings have often been known to sink, but very few have been known to rise. Even fewer that are more than 600 years old! But that was the extraordinary prospect in Manchester in July 1971 when architects designing the Arndale centre were faced with a monumental...
Belle Vue Aces

Belle Vue Aces

It’s fair to say Manchester speedway stars the Belle Vue Aces leave most other teams for dust when it comes to winning trophies. Since they started racing in 1928, the Gorton-based outfit have ridden off with the British League five times and the British League...
Belle Vue’s Greatest Gigs

Belle Vue’s Greatest Gigs

Belle Vue basked in a golden age of popular music in the 1970s as almost every major band and artist made a beeline to play there. The Kings Hall was, quite simply, one of the biggest dates on the tour circuit. With more than 100,000 square feet of space and the...
The Music of Manchester in the 1950s

The Music of Manchester in the 1950s

Nostalgia looks back on the remarkable life of Salford song-writer Ewan MacColl and the music of Manchester in the 1950s Who would have thought that one of the greatest love songs of all time would be shaped in the grimy streets of Salford during the Great Depression?...
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