Bury vicar’s daughter Richmal Crompton was always a little confused about her hugely successful Just William stories. She couldn’t understand why likeable scamp William was so popular…
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
The career of film and TV actress Joanne Whalley could have taken a very different turn if she’d stuck to her musical roots. For the star of Scandal, the Singing Detective and the Borgias was the once the lead singer of an all-girl group called Cindy and the Saffrons.read more
That well-known lyric ‘football’s coming home’ should have been written about Manchester in June rather than England’s World Cup hopes. For June has traditionally been the month when European Cups, FA Cups and league championship trophies have all been brought back to the city to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of cheering fans. In one memorable year – 1999 – it was all three at once!read more
After the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Nostalgia looks back at another momentous Royal occasion 55 years ago this week – the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.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 image shows Oldham Street in 1900. There’s a real hustle and bustle about the place as people flock to its shops and stores.
Pedestrians avoid the trams as they carefully make their way over the tracks and cobbles in the middle of the busy thoroughfare.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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