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Then & Now


City v Utd 1949

Our main image this week shows a tense moment at Maine Road in December 1949 as Manchester City take on local rivals United in a closely fought First Division clash.



Robert Bolt

Our popular nostalgia quiz this week focuses on Sale playwright and screen-writer Robert Bolt and the stars who featured in his impressive list of movies.

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  • Wartime
  • 1940s
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s

Prisoners cheered 1943

Our main image this week shows workmen cheering repatriated and wounded prisoners on a Red Cross train taking them from the Liverpool quayside. The date is October 1943.

Princess Elizabeth in Albert Square 1949

Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today. Our image this week shows Princess Elizabeth, our future Queen, reviewing troops in Albert Square. It is March 1949, just four years after the end of the Second World War.

Coward at Opera House 1964

Our main image shows playwright and impresario Noel Coward holding court with the press before the premiere of his play Hay Fever at Manchester Opera House in October 1964.

Marc Bolan

iNostalgia remembers how Granada TV programme Marc brought Marc Bolan and a string of glittering pop stars to Manchester in the 1970s

Blackpool Tower 1893

This week we move a little way up the coast with a historic image of Blackpool Tower – a familiar landmark for thousands of Liverpool holidaymakers down the years.

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