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

Our main image this week shows Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards leaving Manchester as eager fans press him for his autograph in St Peter’s Square.

The date is March 1965 and the group had probably just finished filming the TV show Scene at Six-Thirty at the Granada studios.

The half-hour daily news, entertainment and current affairs programme ran from 1963 to 1966 and often featured the biggest bands of the day.

Presenters included Brian Truman, Bill Grundy, Chris Kelly and Michael Parkinson. The show often featured groups in the studio before their singles hit the charts – stealing a march on their London-based opposition.

Rolling Stones: Keith Richards leaving Manchester
The Stones were certainly riding high in March 1965. They’d notched up three UK Number One singles with It’s All Over Now and Little Red Rooster in 1964, and The Last Time in February 1965.

As well as Richards, the 1965 Rolling Stones’ line-up featured Mick Jagger on lead vocals, Brian Jones on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums.

Behind Richards in our main image is the Manchester Cenotaph – still in its original position. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, it was inaugurated in 1924.

The monument was relocated to its current site at the north-east end of St Peter’s Square in 2014 to make way for the expanded Metrolink network.

Also visible is the memorial cross by the architect Temple Moore. It marks the former location of St Peter’s Church, demolished in 1907.

*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.

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