Nostalgia: Forgotten photos shine the spotlight on Manchester city center stages

Pictured: A view of the Lower Ship Inn in Withy Grove, Manchester. June 13, 1968. © Mirrorpix © Mirrorpix


June 2

Pictured at Manchester’s famous Hacienda nightclub two years before it closed is DJ Nipper, also known as Paul Fitzpatrick.

Hacienda nightclub DJ Nipper aka Paul Fitzpatrick. June 2, 1995. © Mirrorpix

Opened in May 1982 in the former warehouse of a yacht builder, the Hacienda helped define the era of “Madchester” music.

Live acts performing there included New Order, the Stone Roses, Oasis, the Happy Mondays, Blur, James and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Madonna filmed her first UK TV performance at the club in 1984 when she sang her hit single Holiday.

The New York set being built at Granada Studios Tower, Manchester. June 15, 1988. © Mirrorpix


June 15

The New York street scene takes shape on the Granada studio tour set, which will eventually replicate Times Square and include yellow taxis, neon signs and performers.

The most notable feature of the Granada tour was the Coronation Street setting used by the program from 1982.

The set was closed every Monday to allow the actors to film exterior shots.

Inaugurated in July 1988, the Granada Studios Tour attracted more than 600,000 visitors in its first eight months.

At its peak, the attraction welcomed five million visitors a year.


June 13

Here’s a view of two familiar hangouts in Manchester – the Lower Ship Inn and Sorrento Café near Godleys and Withy Grove shopping.

A view of the Lower Ship Inn in Withy Grove, Manchester. June 13, 1968. © Mirrorpix

Further afield, on the corner of Withy Grove and Corporation Street, was Kemsley House, once Europe’s largest newspaper and printing office.

Now the Printworks entertainment complex, the building produced the Manchester Evening Chronicle and the Daily Mirror as well as the Nordic editions of the Daily Telegraph.

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