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.
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No-one could ever accuse Salford film and TV star Robert Powell of being type-cast in his long and varied acting career.
His roles have ranged all the way from Jesus of Nazareth to hapless cop David Briggs in Jasper Carrott’s comedy sitcom The Detectives.
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Manchester United won the Champions League final against Chelsea this week in 2008 – the 40th anniversary of their first European triumph. It was 40 years since the Red Devils became the first English club to win the European Cup and the 100th anniversary of their first ever league championship.read more
Believe it or not, popular Merseyside TV series Z Cars started life on a scriptwriter’s sickbed. Creator Troy Kennedy Martin was so bored when he was laid up with mumps that he tuned into police messages on his radio to pass the time. It gave him the idea for the gritty northern police drama that ran from January 1962 to September 1978.read more
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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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