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.
The Stone Roses are one of the most celebrated Manchester bands. Formed in 1983, the band went on to enjoy success throughout the late 80's and early 90's. Their most prominent line up consisted of Ian Brown on vocals, John Squire on guitar, bassist Gary 'Mani'...read more
It’s amusing to reflect that one of London’s most famous TV characters was a Mancunian. For John Thaw, who played Flying Squad Detective Jack Regan in The Sweeney, was actually born in Longsight, Manchester. The Sweeney became a symbol for 1970s London –savvy, smart...read more
St Ann's Square is a major focal point for the city of Manchester. We know it today for its retail shops and market stalls however St Ann's Square also has an intriguing history. The area was once known as Acresfield, the earliest recording of which dates back to...read more
Ocean Software was founded in Manchester in 1983. The company headquarters were located on Central Street in Manchester City Centre. Originally named Spectrum Software, the initial name caused some confusion due to the similarly named ZX Spectrum. As a result of this,...read more
Throughout the decades, there have been numerous films set in and around Manchester. Northern grit, working class struggles and family conflict are prevalent themes in many of these films which are memorable for their northern roots and Mancunian setting. Hobsons...read more
Maine Road was home to Manchester City Football Club from 1923 to 2003. Thousands of fans flocked to the Moss Side stadium over the years to see Manchester City play against their rival teams. From periods of triumph to difficult times in the late 90s, Manchester City...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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