Belle Vue Memories

Oral history

Brian talks about why Belle Vue was so important in people's lives and memories

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I just think it’s one of those places that just evokes happy memories for people.  People went to Belle Vue because it was like an entertainment centre, it was where people met their husbands, met their wives, where they worked in quite a good atmosphere.  It was a holiday type atmosphere all the time once you were inside the walls of Belle Vue, and people I think relate to that and can think back.

I’ve spoken to people over the years that remember dancing there during the second world war on the outdoor boards and they danced with the GIs that were over and were based at Warrington or Birchwood at the time.  They were over and they would meet and I just think the whole place had this sort of happy feel about it and people always had a story.  Most Manchester people would have a story about it.

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