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.

There’s a real flavour of the Swinging 60s about our main image this week as fashion models line up outside the almost complete Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in April 1967.

They were on a tour of the city, filming at various locations, to showcase the latest trends in the decade of Biba, the mini-skirt and Mary Quant.

Liverpool was at the centre of the fashion revolution with Merseybeat bands like the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Searchers dominating the music charts.

The models’ outfits certainly catch the eye! Zandra Fisher, left, wears a pink silk coat trimmed with pink and black feathers while Wendy Davis, centre, sports a sunflower yellow bikini and wrap.

Model Joan Fullard, on the right, is wearing a spectacular African-inspired outfit called Bou-Bou.

Fashion show in Liverpool
Metropolitan Cathedral
The cathedral itself, officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, was consecrated on the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday May 14th, 1967.

The striking architecture of the building, designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, is captured in full in our modern image shot against a clear blue sky in August 2020.

Affectionately known as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’, the conical shaped dome, 195 feet in diameter, houses 13 chapels around its perimeter.

Sixteen boomerang-shaped concrete trusses support the whole structure. Flying buttresses attached to the trusses give the cathedral its tent-like appearance.

The lantern tower, containing stained glass windows, has a crown of pinnacles at its peak.

*Hundreds of pictures from an unforgettable decade are packed into Clive Hardy’s fascinating book Around Merseyside in the 1960s. It’s available at £9.99 plus postage and packaging.

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