World boxing champion Hogan Bassey wasn’t the only hard-hitter for Liverpool in the 1950s and early 1960s. His good friend, battling Labour MP Bessie Braddock, packed quite a punch herself in the tough world of politics. She always fought the city’s corner, proving herself a formidable campaigner on housing, health and social welfare.read more
… ‘Lumber Jills’ from the Women’s Land Army are busy sawing wood in a Manchester timber farm in the final year of World War II.read more
As World Cup 2018 gets into full swing, Nostalgia remembers the foreign football stars who came to Manchester when England hosted the tournament in 1966.read more
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Manchester has a unique place in aviation history thanks to First World War hero and intrepid pilot Sir John William ‘Jack’ Alcock. As one half of the legendary duo Alcock and Brown, he made the first non-stop transatlantic flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Connemara, in June 1919.read more
… Indian cricketer Kapil Dev is dismissed for 65 runs, and Former Manchester United centre-half Jackie Blanchflower opens his own ice-cream shop.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 today.
Three different types of transport are pictured alongside each other in our main image of Piccadilly in 1915.
First in line and partly obscured, is a trolley-bus. It was, quite simply, a double-decker run on electricity through trolley poles.
An environmental dream, the trolley-bus was quiet, fume-free and more flexible in traffic than a tram. It could also accelerate like a sports car and stop on a sixpence!
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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