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.
iNostalgia remembers a music phenomenon that took the North West by storm in the late 1970s.read more
Manchester City manager George Poyser was sacked this week in 1965. iNostalgia recalls some of the famous names who’ve vacated the City hot seat over the years. Life can get really tough when you’re a football manager. Sometimes you just want to go home, lay on a...read more
iNostalgia looks back at how the Beatles and the Rolling Stones took Manchester by storm. There was one massive question dividing the music world throughout the Swinging 60s. Did you love the clean-cut Beatles with their matching suits and hair-cuts or the rebellious...read more
April 21st 1944 The harsh realities of life in wartime Manchester are captured in this powerful image of housewife Mrs Margaret Jones being forced to cook stew on a watchman’s brazier in New Bridge Street. Mrs Jones and her family had been left without gas in her home...read more
As Manchester City’s current crop of playmakers are praised from all quarters, iNostalgia looks back at talented midfielders from the past. Life as player was very different when Manchester City inside forward Joe Hayes made his senior debut against Spurs in October...read more
iNostalgia remembers how Manchester lit the spark of the punk rock explosion in the late 1970s. It was described, quite simply, as the gig that changed the world. The date was June 4th, 1976. The venue was Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. The group on stage were...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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