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.
1971 - Colchester United 3 Leeds United 2 In February 1971, Fourth Division Colchester United knocked Division One Leeds United out of the FA Cup with a surprise 3-2 win. 16,000 fans witnessed the shock result at Layer Road, Colchester. The above picture shows Ray...read more
The Manchester Central Convention Complex (also known as Manchester Central, formally known as the G-Mex Centre) is an exhibition and conference centre. The centre hosts many events and exhibitions, covering a wide range of interests and catering to a diverse...read more
Manchester's first electric tram was introduced in 1901. By 1930, Manchester boasted the third largest tram system in the UK. By 1949 however, the Manchester tram lines were closed due to the rise in popularity of cheaper bus alternatives. It wasn't until 1991 that...read more
The Beatles frequently performed in Manchester, with numerous tour dates in the city throughout the 60s. They performed at the Odeon Theatre On Oxford Street on May 30th 1963, this was their only performance at this particular venue.read more
With both ITV and the BBC residing in Manchester, there is no shortage of TV greats that were produced in the city. Here are some of the most popular TV shows that were made in Manchester. Coronation Street Coronation Street is synonymous with Manchester. Famed for...read more
Fagin's nightclub opened in 1970 on Oxford Street in Manchester. Many famous faces performed there in the 70s and 80s, including Cliff Richard and Lulu. Beneath Fagin's, lay its sister club Rafters. Known since the early 90s as The Music Box, this eclectic venue saw...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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