Bits & Pieces – No Petrol Due to Industrial Dispute…

…plus, England Rugby League team fly out to Australia, and it’s dinner jackets and shorts at fashion show.

The Queen inspects troops at Belle Vue stadium, May 1961

Belle Vue Visitors

iNostalgia remembers some of Belle Vue’s most famous visitors over the years, ranging from Sir Oswald Mosley to David Cassidy…

Bury-born Just William author Richmal Crompton, November 1968

Hall of Fame – Richmal Crompton

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…

Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders fly out on tour, April 1965

Mindbenders

iNostalgia remembers how Manchester group The Mindbenders transformed into one of the biggest bands of the 1970s.

This Week – Beatles Fans Go Wild in Wigan…

…plus, Denis Law in painful collision, and when your name matches you job…

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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.

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Hall of Fame – Joanne Whalley

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.

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Football’s Coming Home

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!

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Oxford Street

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.

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20th October 1960: Singer Liza Minnelli lands at Manchester Airport to star in her first film Charlie Bubbles.
Minnelli, the 20-year-old daughter of screen legend Judy Garland, sprinted across the tarmac to greet co-star Albert Finney.
She played the role of the American secretary in the movie, which tells the story of a writer returning to his home city of Manchester to rediscover his creative roots.

 

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Liza with a z.

19th October 1964: The theatrical maestro himself, Noel Coward, is in Manchester to celebrate two first night openings in the city.
In one week, his play Hay Fever opened at the Opera House and then High Spirits, the musical version of Blithe Spirit, opened at the Palace Theatre.
Coward is pictured with Maggie Smith, who appeared in Hay Fever, and Jan Waters, who had a leading role in High Spirits.
18th October 1962: They say get ahead, get a hat! These Manchester dustmen found a set of bowlers outside an office in Market Street and wore them on their rounds.
The hatting industry employed many people in Oldham, giving the town’s Rugby League club its nickname– the Roughyeds
The word is derived from the rough felt used to make hats.

 

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20th October 1960: Singer Liza Minnelli lands at Manchester Airport to star in her first film Charlie Bubbles.

Minnelli, the 20-year-old daughter of screen legend Judy Garland, sprinted across the tarmac to greet co-star Albert Finney.

19th October 1964: The theatrical maestro himself, Noel Coward, is in Manchester to celebrate two first night openings in the city.

In one week, his play Hay Fever opened at the Opera House and then High Spirits, the musical version of Blithe Spirit, opened at the Palace Theatre

October 1962: They say get ahead, get a hat! These #Manchester dustmen found a set of bowlers outside an office in Market Street and wore them on their rounds.

The hatting industry employed many people in #Oldham, giving the town’s Rugby League club its nickname; the #Roughyeds

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