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.
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.
Liverpool Grand Prix
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.
Variety was the spice of life in the Manchester music scene of the 1970s. From Elkie Brooks and Vinegar Joe to the Hollies, 10cc and the Stranglers – the decade had it all. The Laronde club on Cheetham Hill Road was an unlikely setting for the birth of a music legend....read more
The film East is East, the hilarious and sometimes painful portrayal of two cultures colliding in one Salford family, was released 18 years ago this week. As it celebrates its anniversary, Nostalgia takes a look at movies that have put Manchester on the map....read more
Entertainment in Manchester in the 1970s ranged from traditional pantos and teen idol David Cassidy to the hippie musical Hair and punk rockers The Clash! iNostalgia takes a look at a decade of striking contrasts. Coronation Street favourite William Roache has been...read more
Some of the most radiant pictures of the Queen have come from her visits to Manchester over the years. iNostalgia presents memorable pictures of our monarch, as well as two earlier Royal visitors. Crowds lined the streets, cheered and waved flags when King George V...read more
Manchester’s Granada studios broadcast some of the nation’s favourite TV shows in the 1980s and 90s. iNostalgia takes a look back at the stars – and characters – who were so familiar to us all. The 1980s and 90s were busy decades for Granada TV studios.read more
When legendary record producer Mickie Most got a call from his friend Harvey Lisberg to see a new band in Bolton, he had no idea he’d soon be into something good. Something very good. The band were Herman’s Hermits. Most became their producer and their first single ‘I’m into Something Good’ shot to Number One in the UK charts.read more
Then and Now
Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.
This week our main image shows Withy Grove in 1901 looking towards Corporation Street with Milner Street on the left.
Horse-drawn carts are still the main means of transport across the cobblestones although a trolleybus can be glimpsed in the distance.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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