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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Liverpool Girlbands

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.

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Halewood Women

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...

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Do You Remember – Kathy Staff?

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....

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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 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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