There’s a distinct Easter flavour to our nostalgia quiz this week as we focus on bank holidays past in Manchester – ranging from record crowds at Belle Vue to traffic jams on the A556.
Why not test your local and general knowledge and compare your score with friends?
As a bonus, on Sunday we’re launching the iNostalgia Easter book quest on social media. Just identify five locations in Manchester for a chance to win five of our popular titles.
In the meantime, watch out also for Clive Hardy’s new book, The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. It’s packed with unmissable images from World War II, many from the North West.
New Brighton in the late 1950s was a popular Easter destination for Manchester families – as our picture shows. The Merseyside resort boasts the UK’s longest promenade at how many miles?
In what year did rationing on confectionery (sweets and chocolate including Easter eggs) end in the UK after being introduced as an austerity measure in World War II?
What was the peak attendance at Belle Vue, pictured, over an Easter Weekend in the 1940s and 50s?
In which century did the Easter Bunny originate?
At what speed did cars hurtle down the track on the Bobs roller-coaster at Belle Vue – for many years the world’s fastest gravity ride? It was a firm favourite with Easter crowds, costing a shilling – or a bob – to ride.
What famous jewelers are renowned for creating fabulously expensive gem-encrusted eggs as Easter presents for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II?
The A556 road running from Manchester toward Chester was always busy at Easter holidays – as our photo shows. What river does the road cross at Hartford Bridge, known locally as the Blue Bridge?
A goat at Belle Vue Zoo, pictured, caused a surprise when it munched away at an Easter bonnet during a photo-shoot in 1975. In what year were the Belle Vue zoological gardens opened?
What was the weight of the world’s largest ever chocolate Easter egg, made in Italy in 2011?
On Easter Monday 1992, Manchester singer-songwriter Lisa Stansfield performed the song These Are the Days of Our Lives at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley. Which artist sang on stage with her?
📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?
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