Hylda Baker

Hylda Baker

Hylda Baker was a major music hall star before she found national fame as Nellie Pledge in Granada TV’s most successful sitcom Nearest and Dearest. Born at 23 Ashworth Street, Farnworth, in February 1905, Baker was 63 when she first started playing the joint owner of...
Colin Bell

Colin Bell

England football fans were keenly looking forward to the first international of the season in September 1973. The previous year had not been a vintage one. Losses to Italy and Northern Ireland in friendlies were compounded by a defeat by Poland and a draw with Wales...
Simply Red

Simply Red

Few would mention Manchester group Simply Red in the same breath as the Sex Pistols. One was renowned for polished, soulful vocals – the other for raw, rasping power. But the lineage of Simply Red, like so many Manchester bands of the 1970s, can be traced directly...
Cunard

Cunard

Two of the greatest Queens in cruising history made landmark voyages for Liverpool’s Cunard line in the 1960s. The much-loved Queen Mary made her final transatlantic crossing in September 1967, while the shiny new liner Queen Elizabeth 2 embarked on her maiden voyage...