Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside landmarks, buildings, streets and events from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows passengers milling around the Princes landing stage ready to catch the Mersey ferry to Birkenhead. The date is July 1973.

Flared trousers as well as suits and shirts with wide lapels are the fashions of the day as people cross the river to make their way to work.

Our photo was taken eight years after Gerry and the Pacemakers’ iconic 1965 film Ferry Cross the Mersey which was shot in locations around Liverpool in the summer of 1964.

Pier Head, 1973
Woodside Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead.
The movie’s most famous scene, where Gerry Marsden sings the theme tune to surrounding passengers, was filmed on the ferry boat Mountwood.

The film’s title track, Ferry Cross the Mersey, went to No. 6 in the USA and No. 8 in the UK. Other artists performing in the movie included Cilla Black and Merseybeat group the Fourmost.

Currently operating on the Mersey are the ferries Royal Iris of the Mersey and Snowdrop. They came into service in the 1960s and were originally named Mountwood and Woodchurch. A third ferry, the Royal Daffodil, was retired in 2012.

Our modern image, from July 2015, shows the ferries’ destination – the Woodside Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead.

Although the landing stage has been replaced, the original Woodside booking hall remains. Built in 1864, it was extensively refurbished in 1985. The location featured in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire.