Manchester has changed dramatically over the course of the past fifty years. We’re simply not the same city as we were back then.
Skyscrapers have gone up. Pubs have come down. Landmarks have moved. Public transport has changed colour.
It’s all different now.
That’s why it’s always so fulfilling to gaze upon old images of the city when they’re dug up from the archives.
Website Bygonely has published some absolutely incredible photos from the 1970s – a period that some refer to as a “gloomy” British decade – and they include forgotten murals, closed-down cinemas, and a completely unfamiliar-looking Market Street.
Are you old enough to remember the city looking like this?
But this is just a small sample.
You can feast your eyes on all of the images by viewing the Bygonely article in full here.
These images are also mulled over in more detail in a dedicated thread on Reddit.
Nostalgia’s not what it used to be, eh?
Married at First Sight star George Roberts reportedly arrested
George Roberts, a contestant on the current series of Married At First Sight, has reportedly been arrested.
The 40-year-old is being investigated for allegations of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’.
The father-of-four, who was matched with April Banbury on the hit reality show, has had three ex-girlfriends come forward to raise concerns, reports The Sun.
Roberts has denied the allegations, with a representative telling the paper he finds them ‘deeply upsetting and does not condone abuse nor behaves in that way’.
He has still appeared on the show on E4 as planned tonight, as all episodes are pre-recorded.
This series of Married at First Sight has followed 16 individuals, who are matched up by relationship experts and don’t actually meet until they’re standing at the alter – though the marriages aren’t actually legally binding.
The Met Police confirmed a 40-year-old had been arrested – an arrest that The Sun has linked to Roberts.
A statement said: “A 40-year-old man was arrested in Worcestershire on Thursday, September 29, on suspicion of controlling and coercive behaviour.
“He was taken to a police station and bailed pending further enquiries.”
Speaking about the allegations when they initially surfaced, a spokesperson from Channel 4 (who run E4), said: “We work incredibly closely with our production partners to ensure all Married at First Sight UK contributors are subject to rigorous background and psychological checks, including the most detailed police checks a production is able to undertake.
“Any allegations of this nature are taken extremely seriously by Channel 4.”
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