As festive preparations move into full swing, iNostalgia takes a light-hearted look at some of the more unusual moments of Manchester Christmases past. They say never act with animals or children. Well, popular entertainer Des O’Connor broke the golden rule when he...read more
The opening title sequence of Coronation Street is well known for the clip of cat on the rooftops. The cat was initially included by accident when it walked into the shot whilst filming in 1976. The cat became an integral part of the opening credits and was just as...read more
The Christmas Markets in Manchester have become an iconic addition to the city at the festive time of year. Hundreds of stalls adjourn Albert Square providing a diverse array of goods to buy. You can find everything from gifts, toys, jewellery, food and beer to the...read more
Variety was the spice of life in the Manchester music scene of the 1970s. From Elkie Brooks and Vinegar Joe to the Hollies, 10cc and the Stranglers – the decade had it all. The Laronde club on Cheetham Hill Road was an unlikely setting for the birth of a music legend....read more
The film East is East, the hilarious and sometimes painful portrayal of two cultures colliding in one Salford family, was released 18 years ago this week. As it celebrates its anniversary, Nostalgia takes a look at movies that have put Manchester on the map....read more
Entertainment in Manchester in the 1970s ranged from traditional pantos and teen idol David Cassidy to the hippie musical Hair and punk rockers The Clash! iNostalgia takes a look at a decade of striking contrasts. Coronation Street favourite William Roache has been...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The trams that trundled along Oxford Road have been replaced by cars and buses, but the 217ft clock tower on the former Refuge building still looms in the background.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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