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.
APRIL 13TH 1951 Long-serving hangman Albert Pierrepoint pulls a pint at his Manchester pub, the Help the Poor Struggler. Pierrepoint executed at least 400 people, including Ruth Ellis, Derek Bentley and the war-time traitor William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw). He hanged more...read more
This weekend marks Derby Day for both Liverpool and Manchester. In a game weekend that falls between the Champions League quarter final ties between Liverpool and Manchester City, the two teams have their own league intentions too. City could seal the title at home...read more
Photographers uncovered some extraordinary sights when they went behind the scenes at Coronation Street 50 years ago this month. Not least was prim and proper Annie Walker, landlady of the Rovers Return, lying down on a bed with husband Jack – in broad daylight too!...read more
APRIL 5TH 1952 It’s all eyes on the ball as West Bromwich Albion inside right John Nicholls goes in for a mid-air duel with Manchester City’s Roy Paul and Kenneth Branagan at Maine Road. West Brom won the Division One encounter 2-1. City eventually finished 15th in...read more
iNostalgia looks back on 40 years at Strangeways prison from the execution of Margaret Allen in 1949 to the riot of 1990. The longest jail riot in British penal history started just after a Sunday morning sermon in Strangeways’ chapel. About 300 inmates had filed into...read more
The Hacienda in Manchester was once described as the coolest club in the world. iNostalgia looks back at the wonder years.It’s hard to imagine someone less likely to open the trailblazing Hacienda nightclub than stand-up comedian Bernard Manning.After all, acid house,...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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