iNostalgia remembers trains and boats and planes this week as well as something in between – Merseyside’s very own hovercraft! 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. But it also had a fundamental flaw…
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 the capacity to hold up to 7,000 people, it was one of the largest venues outside London. Little wonder that Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple all queued up to come to Belle Vue.
As Pakistan complete their 2018 England tour, Nostalgia looks back at memorable matches between the two countries at Old Trafford.
… plus Wigan win Rugby League Championships, and the Queen Visits St Marys Hospital.
France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry described him as the best player in Premier League history. Spanish playmaker Xavi called him the finest midfielder he’d seen in recent years and Socrates reckoned he was good enough to play for Brazil! The player they praised so highly is, of course, Paul Scholes.
…plus.. City’s Mike Summerbee trains with England middle-distance runner, and Manchester bookies dress up for Royal Ascot.
Although he was born in Nigeria, champion boxer, Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey was proud to call Liverpool his home. Bassey was regarded as one of the great ambassadors for African sport, both as a boxer and later as the coach of Nigeria’s national amateur team. We look back at the highs and lows of a 74-fight career.
As a dispute rages over its ownership, Nostalgia looks back on three extraordinary decades at Coronation Street lingerie factory Underworld.
…plus IRA detonates bomb in Manchester city centre, and Matt Busby returns home after Munich air disaster.
It was NASA astronomer Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos that first inspired Brian Cox to be become a scientist. The well-known Oldham physicist, TV presenter and author read the book at the age of 12 – and never looked back.
The first World Cup since World War II did not go well for Manchester United fullback John Aston and England. The national side were dumped out of the 1950 competition in Brazil after losing 1-0 to the United States in one of the biggest upsets in football history.
It was hard to believe it was the 15th of July when the cars lined up for the 1961 British Grand Prix at the Aintree circuit. The skies were solid grey and the heavens had opened just 15 minutes before the start of the 225 mile race over a gruelling 75 laps. It was to prove a fateful combination for British driver Henry Taylor, racing for the Laystall team.
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