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.
This week our main image shows Manchester United and Northern Ireland winger George Best outside the Edwardia boutique he opened with his great pal Mike Summerbee in March 1967.
Best is snappily dressed – as befits a fashion icon. Dubbed ‘El Beatle’ by the press, he was always seen in the smartest places in the latest styles.
To complete the image of 60s’ chic, a Fiat 500 is parked a little precariously on the kerb.
Little did the footballing friends know that the opening of the shop would cause uproar as hundreds of fans flocked to the event.
The opening was only announced in a small newspaper advert, but traffic on the A56 was brought to a standstill as cars slowed to catch a glimpse. They couldn’t see much though as a crowd of teenagers and press jostled excitedly outside the shop!
The area around Motor Street looks very different in photographer Nicola Mazzuia’s modern image. A pizza parlour occupies the spot where Edwardia once stood with the Manchester bee strongly in evidence.
When he wasn’t opening boutiques, Best made 361 league appearances for United from 1963 to 1974, scoring 137 goals. He was capped 37 times for Northern Ireland, netting nine goals for his country.
Summerbee, also a winger, played 357 league matches for Manchester City from 1965 to 1975, scoring 47 goals. He was capped eight times for England, scoring once.
*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in the new book The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.
It’s on sale now at the reduced price of £9.99 plus postage and packing. Order your copy online at inostalgia.co.uk or ring the order hotline on 01928 503777.