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.
France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry described him as the best player in Premier League history. Spanish playmaker Xavi called him the finest midfielder he’d seen in recent years and Socrates reckoned he was good enough to play for Brazil! The player they praised so highly is, of course, Paul Scholes.
Liverpool Grand Prix
It was hard to believe it was the 15th of July when the cars lined up for the 1961 British Grand Prix at the Aintree circuit. The skies were solid grey and the heavens had opened just 15 minutes before the start of the 225 mile race over a gruelling 75 laps.
It was to prove a fateful combination for British driver Henry Taylor, racing for the Laystall team.
… Plus, England Cricket success as 1972 retain the Ashes, and space shuttle Enterprise makes a low-level flypast over Manchesterread more
Manchester United as defender Denis Irwin transfers from Oldham Athletic. The Stranglers perform at Manchester’s Electric Circus. British Midland Canadair C-4 Argonaut that crashes near the centre of Stockport.read more
Forget about the Spice Girls and Sugababes – back in the 1960s two Merseyside bands blazed the trail for girl power! Their names may not be so familiar now, but the Vernons Girls and Three Bells aimed to be the All Saints and Atomic Kittens of their day! The Vernons’ Girls played on the same stage as the Beatles and Rolling Stones while the Three Bells wrote and recorded the Mod classic Someone to Love.read more
Thanks to the movie Made in Dagenham, everyone remembers the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike for the 187 women who walked out in Essex. But 195 women at the Halewood car plant went on strike too! Much less is written or heard about them. But their fight for fair...read more
Nostalgia looks back on the remarkable life of Salford song-writer Ewan MacColl and the music of Manchester in the 1950s. Who would have thought that one of the greatest love songs of all time would be shaped in the grimy streets of Salford during the Great Depression?read more
Dukinfield actress Kathy Staff is most fondly remembered for her brilliant portrayal of Nora Batty in the BBC TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. She played the redoubtable café owner in her ever-present pinny and hair-curlers from the first episode in 1973 until 2008....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 now.
This week our main image shows Withy Grove in 1901 looking towards Corporation Street with Milner Street on the left.
Horse-drawn carts are still the main means of transport across the cobblestones although a trolleybus can be glimpsed in the distance.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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