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.
MARCH 25TH 1943 Youngsters make an impromptu swing out of a lamppost on the corner of a Manchester street during the Second World War. A pram is parked on the pavement while a group of children patiently wait their turn. It’s a wonderful image of simple pleasures,...read more
Here at iNostlagia, we enjoy looking back at the past and sharing our stories and memories. One of the most significant changes in recent history is the growth and evolution of the internet. With information now accessible at the click of a button, it’s difficult to...read more
Old Trafford recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. iNostalgia looks at how the ground has changed over the past nine decades. Who would have thought that a muddy patch of land next to the Bridgewater Canal would one day become one of the world’s greatest football...read more
iNostalgia remembers royal visits to Manchester over the years that all took place in March. March seems to have been a favourite month for royalty making their way to Manchester. The Queen and Princess Diana captivated crowds in five trips to the city from 1949 to...read more
MARCH 14TH 1957 Emergency crews frantically search the wreckage of a BEA Vickers Viscount airliner after it crashed into a row of houses in Shadowmoss Road. All 15 passengers and five crew were killed. The plane was on its final approach to Ringway Airport. A mother...read more
To mark International Women’s Day, We look back at Manchester women of achievement from suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to World War II spy and opera singer Margery Booth. In 1999, Time magazine named a merchant’s daughter from Moss Side as one of the most important...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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