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 October 1961 shows popular American entertainer Sammy Davis Junior jumping for joy en route to St Peter’s Square after arriving at Manchester Piccadilly rail station.
The showbiz legend was in the city as part of a nationwide UK concert tour. He’d just made the film Oceans 11 with the famous ‘Rat Pack’ of Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Peter Lawford.
The group got their name from actress Angie Dickinson, who approached them once and said ‘You all look like a pack of rats!’
Just below Sammy’s shoulder is the familiar classical rotunda of the Central Library. The circular building, which resembles the Pantheon in Rome with its domed design and portico, was officially opened by King George V on July 17th 1934.
Liverpool’s Chinatown, centred on Berry Street, includes lantern-style streetlamps as well as street signs written in English and Chinese.
The spectacular paifang or monumental arch on Nelson Street is the largest multiple-span arch of its kind outside China.
It was constructed by 20 craftsmen imported from Liverpool’s twin city of Shanghai and officially opened on Chinese New Year 2000.
The structure is 13.5 metres high and is carved with 200 dragons, 12 of which are pregnant to symbolise good fortune.
Chinatown, close to the Anglican Cathedral, is also home to the Liverpool Chinese Christian Disciples Church and the Liverpool Chinese Gospel Church.
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