The distinctive exterior of the Mk1 Ford Capri in production from December 1968

Ford Capri

There was always something exotic about the Halewood-produced Ford Capri. iNostalgia looks back at ‘the car you’d always promised yourself’…

Market Street looking toward the Arndale Centre, April 1977

Lifting Shambles

iNostalgia remembers the major engineering operation needed to lift the Old Shambles five feet to build the Arndale Centre…

Bits & Pieces – Manchester Bids to Host Olympics…

…plus Prince Philip spotted outside a Salford pub during a tour of redevelopment area and shopping centre.

This Week – Official Metrolink Launch…

… plus Pele waves goodbye to Manchester as Brazil are defeated in 1966 World Cup..

Fred Perry, left, and Gottfried von Cramm at the Centre Court, Wimbledon, in June 1931

Hall Of Fame – Fred Perry

Perry first started playing tennis on public courts near his family home. His exceptional speed at table tennis served him well as he progressed through the amateur tennis ranks. His 1936 Wimbledon triumph against German Baron Gottfried von Cramm was the quickest men’s final in the 20th century and the second fastest of all time!

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St John Street, off Deansgate

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 features St John Street, off Deansgate, in 1900. St John’s church, dating from the 18th century, dominates the view.

St John’s was completed in 1770 by Edward Byrom, co-founder of the first bank in Manchester. It was a memorial to his father John Byrom, the famous writer, poet and diarist and inventor of shorthand.

Then Now

Social Nostalgia

Today's Nostalgia supplement, which can be found in @MENnewsdesk looks at Manchester boy band Take That, Stockport born, tennis legend Fred Perry and the rising of the Shambles which was vital to building the Arndale. #TakeThat #FredPerry #ManchesterArndale #Manchester #MCR

In today's @LivEchonews, our Past Life article looks at the nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror and the journey it went on after it first sped down the slipway at Birkenhead in 1969.

77-year-old Florrie Ball, Southport, takes to the road on her new Yamaha. With her is her insurance agent Arthur Edwards. (Feb 1969)

Taken from our new book Around Liverpool and Merseyside in the 1960's. Available from our website for £9.99 plus £1.99 P&P

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