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?

Manchester families on the beach at New Brighton, April 1959
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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?

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What was the peak attendance at Belle Vue, pictured, over an Easter Weekend in the 1940s and 50s?

Easter crowds enjoying the rides at Belle Vue, April 1969
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In which century did the Easter Bunny originate?

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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.

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What famous jewelers are renowned for creating fabulously expensive gem-encrusted eggs as Easter presents for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II?

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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?

Heavy Easter traffic on the A556, April 1969
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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?

A goat can’t resist an Easter bonnet at Belle Vue, April 1975
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What was the weight of the world’s largest ever chocolate Easter egg, made in Italy in 2011?

A rare tray of Easter eggs during post-war rationing
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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?

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