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 photo this week shows Liverpool fans in their thousands crowding into St George’s Place in May 1965 to see Liverpool bring back the FA Cup.

There were no Covid 19 restrictions then as supporters craned their necks to catch a glimpse of their team and the coveted trophy.

Liverpool, managed by Bill Shankly and led by Ron Yeats, had defeated Leeds 2-1 at Wembley in a closely-fought match that went to extra time.

Roger Hunt scored the Reds’ first goal in the 93rd minute only for Billy Bremner to equalise seven minutes later. Ian St John slotted home the winner in the 117th minute.

The start of the final was nearly delayed as the Liverpool team coach was stuck in heavy traffic on the way to Wembley. They only made the kick-off after spotting a police motorcyclist who organised an escort.

Fans have filled the steps of St George’s Hall in our picture and are tightly packed around the statue of Disraeli in front of the building’s distinctive pillars.

Opened in 1854, the classical building containing Liverpool Register Office, as well as concert halls and law courts, has been described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as one of the finest neo-Grecian structures in the world.

The steps are full again in our modern image shot in August 2016. The occasion this time is a rally for the Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

*Hundreds of pictures from an unforgettable decade are packed into Clive Hardy’s fascinating book Around Merseyside in the 1960s. It’s available to order from our online shop or ring the hotline on 01928 503777.