On Wednesday 2 February the Ahmed Iqbul Ullah Race Relations Trust set up a reminiscence session at the Indian Senior Citizens Centre in Whalley Range. The group enjoyed the sets on Belle Vue, Piccadilly Gardens, Cinemas and Central Station.

Soon the memories came flooding out. Some people remembered the zoo and the waterslides at Belle Vue, others remembered shopping at Pauldens and Woolworths in Piccadilly.

Central Station, n.d.
Central Station, n.d.

The images of Central Station evoked memories of arriving in Manchester – which was often an underwhelming experience. ‘I remember,’ said Mrs Das, ‘seeing the Manchester Medical School at Manchester University for the first time. It was so small I thought it was a children’s school!’

One lady wondered if we had any photographs of the Post Office on Upper Chorlton Road, which she and her family used to run. As so often, the answer was yes. Not only do we have an image of the shop, we even have images of the window display and the news stands outside!

250-268 Upper Chorlton Road, 1960
250-268 Upper Chorlton Road, 1960
Shop window, 268 Upper Chorlton Road, 1960
Shop window, 268 Upper Chorlton Road, 1960
News stands, 268 Upper Chorlton Road, 1960
News stands, 268 Upper Chorlton Road, 1960

Thanks to the Ahmed Iqbul Ullah Race Relations Trust for their help in organising the session and to the Indian Senior Citizens Centre for the wonderful curry.

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