Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows the Bee Gees rehearsing for a Christmas concert at Liverpool Cathedral in December 1967.

They seem to have acquired a new drummer in the shape of the Dean of Liverpool, the Rev. Edward Patey. He just couldn’t resist picking up the drumsticks while the band went through their numbers!

Pictured in front of the high altar are, from left, Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb along with fellow group members Colin Peterson and Vince Malouney.

The Gibb brothers, whose family emigrated to Australia in the 1950s, had only just returned to the UK. They made their first British appearance in April 1967 when they played on the same Manchester bill as Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The Bee Gees perform at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
The Bee Gees perform at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
The Bee Gees’ first UK single was a song called Spicks and Specks, already recorded in Australia – but there was an intriguing twist.

Advance copies were sent to radio stations with no band named on the label. DJs thought the single was a new release from the Beatles resulting in the disc getting a lot of air time.

The Bee Gees’ next single – Massachusetts – went to Number One on October 17th 1967 and stayed there for three weeks.

Our second image, from November 2014, records another joyful occasion – the enthronement of the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, the eighth Bishop of Liverpool.

Liverpool Cathedral, built between 1904 and 1978, is the largest church in Britain and the biggest Anglican Cathedral in the world.

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