Children hold hands in Bengel Street, Liverpool, on the eve of war, September 1939


iNostalgia remembers how Liverpool reacted when war was declared in September 1939…

This Week – Thelma Barlow launches Alzheimer’s Society event…

…plus, Manchester United play Newcastle United in First Division encounter, and baby giraffe arrives at Belle Vue Zoo

Hylda Baker

Hylda Baker was a major music hall star before she found national fame as Nellie Pledge in Granada TV’s most successful sitcom Nearest and Dearest…

Colin Bell

Forty five years ago this month, Manchester City legend Colin Bell played what many regard as his finest match for England. iNostalgia remembers a special game..

Bits & Pieces – George Best opens Best’s ‘Edwardian’ fashion boutique…

…plus, Shiela Sweet appears at Manchester’s Opera House, and hat testing at British Hat laboratory in Fairfield, Manchester

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More than 650 Cunard crew members volunteered to transport 3,000 members of the Fifth Infantry Brigade to South Georgia. The ship was painted battleship grey and two helipads were added. The perilous wartime voyage was certainly a far cry from the carefree days of expectation in 1966, when the new liner would open up a new era in cruising for Cunard…

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Hall of Fame – David Gray

Life-long Manchester United supporter David Gray achieved world-wide fame when he released his smash-hit album White Ladder in 2000. Over his career, Gray has notched up 12 million album sales and has won two Ivor Novello awards and a Q award…

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It’s not a difficult journey between Liverpool and Manchester – unless you’re a footballer that is! Only a few brave souls have managed to play for both United and Liverpool since the 1920s…

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Olympic Bids

It’s 25 years since Manchester lost its bid to host the 2000 Olympics. iNostalgia looks back on the momentous day the decision was announced

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Oxford Road

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, dating from 1930, shows a stretch of Oxford Road that will be well known to Manchester students past and present.

Ackers Street is on the left and the gates of the Holy Name Church are just visible. The spire of Manchester Royal Infirmary can be seen in the distance.

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21st September 1968: Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney looks on anxiously as defensive midfielder Nobby Stiles heads the ball away from a corner.
The Red Devils were playing Newcastle at Old Trafford in an eagerly anticipated First Division encounter. United eventually won 3-1 with two goals from George Best and one from Denis Law.
United finished 11th in the league with 42 points; Newcastle were 9th with 44.
Manager Matt Busby stepped down at the end of the season after 24 years as manager to be replaced by Wilf McGuinness. He lasted a year and a half before Busby returned as manager for another six months.


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#onthisday 19th September 1995: Coronation Street actress Thelma Barlow is surrounded by flowers as she launches a Manchester event for the Alzheimer’s Society. @itvcorrie @alzheimerssoc @alzassociation @ARUKnews #nostalgia #coronationstreet #Alzheimers #corrie

This week's #ThenAndNow, shows a stretch of Oxford Road. @OfficialUofM, @manmetuni, @RNCMvoice and the @NBS_Manchester all have campuses nearby.

No trace remains of the overhead tram cables, shops or terraced houses. Now it’s the busiest bus route in Europe.

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