Belle Vue: Manchester's Playground
by
Heather Stackhouse and Daniel Hyams
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ISBN Number: 978-1845471644
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 120
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: At Heart Publications

For over 150 years, Belle Vue was the entertainment centre of the North West. What started off as a small Zoological Gardens soon developed into a place of fun-fairs, dancing, fire-work displays, music, sports, boating lakes, a greyhound track and a multitude of dining areas. At its zenith, an incredible two million people a year visited Belle Vue.

The growth of the park continued and new innovations were never too far away. The years saw the arrival of a purpose-built Speedway Stadium that became home to legendary Aces teams who thrilled the area and built up a reputation as the most well known Speedway team ever. The entertainment areas played host to huge names such as Louis Armstrong, The Rolling Stones, Bing Crosby and Big Daddy!

Brass-band contests were always extremely popular and became part of the Belle Vue calendar and the annual Christmas Circus that took place within the Kings Hall is the stuff of legend. The Zoo continued to be filled with amazing creatures from every corner of the globe.

Right up to the time of its sad and untimely demise in the 1970s and 80s, Belle Vue was a place which the people of the North-West could be proud of, a fantasy destination right on the doorstep. This book is filled with wonderful images, many of them previously unpublished. Belle Vue is brought alive once more, from the beginning of its history until the final days.
 

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