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 from June 1963 shows a touch of Ascot elegance coming to Manchester as staff at the Demmy betting shop dress up in style for the Royal race meeting.
The men wore top hat and tails while the women donned cocktail dresses and splendid hats as they paraded outside the Oxford Road shop.
It’s not clear what the punters or pedestrians outside Rushton’s Shoe Repairs made of it all – but they must have been impressed by the new dress code!
As far as the actual racing was concerned, the 1963 Gold Cup at Ascot was won by Twilight Alley ridden by Lester Piggott.
There’s little of the Ascot elegance in photographer Nicola Mazzuia’s modern image. The familiar Demmy betting shop has long since been boarded up and the Victorian buildings have been replaced by flats and apartments.
But there’s plenty of hustle and bustle elsewhere on Oxford Road. It remains one of the busiest bus routes in Europe with vehicles heading for Fallowfield and Didsbury and many more destinations besides.
The Oxford Road area is also the heart of the Student Quarter. The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Northern Ballet School all have campuses on or around Oxford Road.
*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.