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 familiar outline of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral slowly taking shape under a web of steel scaffolding in June 1965.

The cathedral’s distinctive conical design is visible through the wood platforms and poles as builders work on the lantern tower.

Architect Sir Frederick Gibberd submitted his plans for a circular structure when he entered the international competition to design a new Roman Catholic cathedral for Liverpool in 1959.

The brief was to create a place of worship where a congregation of 3,000 could all see the altar.

To ensure an open interior, flying buttresses support concrete trusses held together by ring beams on the outside of the cathedral. This gives the building its renowned tent-like appearance.

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 1965
The funeral of The Real Thing star Eddy Amoo, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool
The new Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King was consecrated on the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday May 14th, 1967.

Gibberd also designed a much smaller version of the cathedral in 1965 to serve as a chapel for the De La Salle teacher-training college in Middleton, Lancashire.

The Portland stone exterior of the finished cathedral is shown to perfection in our modern image from March 2018. It was taken at the funeral of Eddy Amoo – vocalist and guitarist for Liverpool soul group The Real Thing.

Founded in 1970, the band spent three weeks at the top of the UK charts in July 1976 with their hit single You To Me Are Everything.

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