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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.read more
The career of film and TV actress Joanne Whalley could have taken a very different turn if she’d stuck to her musical roots. For the star of Scandal, the Singing Detective and the Borgias was the once the lead singer of an all-girl group called Cindy and the Saffrons.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 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The trams that trundled along Oxford Road have been replaced by cars and buses, but the 217ft clock tower on the former Refuge building still looms in the background.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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