Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today.

Our main image this week shows an array of adults and children milling around the Town Hall entrance during the Whit Walks’ celebrations of 1960.

Streamers, flags and banners are all strongly in evidence along with youngsters decked out in their best clothes for the occasion.

Girls were traditionally given a new dress for the Whit Walks while boys got new trousers. Neighbours, family and friends would pay a penny for the new clothes.

The first walk to mark the Whitsun Bank Holiday took place in 1801. The aim was to encourage community activities – as well as keeping people away from nearby horse races on Kersal Moor!

The procession used to assemble at St Ann’s Square, but the event moved to Albert Square in 1878 as numbers grew.

Whitsun became a recognised holiday in the 19th century. Workers took canal and boat trips and then cheap rail excursions as a welcome break from labouring long hours in factories and mills.

Our modern image from May 2014 shows another happy gathering at the Town Hall doors.

Streamers are being fired into the air as Manchester City players and staff celebrate winning both the Premier League and the Capital One Cup.

The league was secured with a total of 86 points – two more than runners-up Liverpool. The Blues won the Capital One Cup by beating Sunderland 3-1 in the Wembley final.

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