Radio City Tower with the Stanley Dock and Seaforth Docks in the distance, November 2015

Radio City Tower

We celebrate a landmark that has become a familiar part of the Liverpool skyline celebrates its 50th anniversary this year

Jimmy Greaves’ West Ham debut at Maine Road…

March 21, 1970: It was ominous for Manchester City when former England striker Jimmy Greaves played his first match for West Ham at Maine Road. He had scored on his debut for every senior side he represented – Chelsea, Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and England. In just ten...

The Queen visits Stockport…

…plus, George Best opens his own boutique, and cricket legend Stan Worthington gives batting tips to Cheshire Women’s team at Old Trafford.

King George V meets players at Manchester City’s Hyde Road stadium, March 1920

Inter-war City

iNostalgia remembers royal encounters and extraordinary performances from Manchester City’s inter-war years

Manchester City new boy Rodney Marsh…

… plus, Vivien Leigh rehearses for Noel Coward play at Manchester Opera House, and orchestra at Chetham’s Hospital School dress in traditional uniform.

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Hall Of Fame – John Alcock

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.

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Trains & Boats & Planes

iNostalgia remembers trains and boats and planes this week as well as something in between – Merseyside’s very own hovercraft! The Vickers VA3 was a wonder of modern engineering. It weighed 10 tons and could carry 24 passengers at speeds of up to 60 knots. But it also had a fundamental flaw…

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Belle Vue’s Greatest Gigs

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.

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Then and Now

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 today.

This week it’s the turn of Oxford Road, already busy in our original image dating from the early 20th century.

Much has changed, but the massive clock tower still watches over the hundreds of people who pour into the city every day.

The trams that trundled along Oxford Road have been replaced by cars and buses, but the 217ft clock tower on the former Refuge building still looms in the background.

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26th March 1941: Storekeepers checking some of the 19,000 new-type steel helmets which arrived in Newcastle for distribution to street fire watchers.

25th March 1984: Everton manager Howard Kendall and Liverpool manager Joe Fagan lead the teams out at Wembley for the League Cup final.

The game finished 0-0 after extra-time. Maine Road hosted the replay 3 days later. with Souness scoring in a 1-0 win for the Reds.


23rd March 1957: United legend Duncan Edwards shakes hands after #MUFC beat Birmingham City 2-0 in the #FaCup semi-final at Hillsborough.

United went on to lose the final 2-1 to Aston Villa.

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