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

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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

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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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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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11th' Only Two Months After Winning The European Cup' How Fast The Mighty Fall' Followed By The Wilderness Years.

20th September 1952: Manchester’s Belle Vue zoo unveils its latest arrival – baby giraffe Elizabeth.
The first giraffes arrived at the zoo in 1871 to be followed by Maharajah the elephant in 1872.
Belle Vue was the first privately financed zoo in England. In its heyday, it was the third largest zoo in the UK.

 

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Such a shame it went, but not surprised, I went there in the early 60s, my main memory? ......... the smell! Been to other zoos since and none smelled that bad!! These days the owners would be in court charged with not taking proper care!

What happened to the animals when it closed?

Named after the new Queen Elizabeth?

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John’s been busy recording the audiobook for his new poetry collection... out soon. Watch this space!!
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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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