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.
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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
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 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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