Beatles’ Play

Beatles’ Play

Barbara Dickson has vivid memories about auditioning for Willy Russell’s musical John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. It was the early 1970s and she was a little-known folk singer at the time. How would she cope with belting out a string...
The Smiths

The Smiths

It’s a commonly held belief that The Smiths started life when guitarist Johnny Marr knocked on singer Morrissey’s door in May 1982 and asked if he’d like to form a group. But there’s evidence that the two met well before then at a Patti Smith gig at Manchester’s...
Reg Harris

Reg Harris

It must rank as one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history… Fourteen years after retiring from cycling, former world champion Reg Harris decided he wanted another tilt at the British sprint title. The year was 1971 and Harris was 54 years old. He hadn’t trained...
Hall of Fame – Arlene Phillips

Hall of Fame – Arlene Phillips

Dancer, choreographer, theatre director, talent scout, TV judge and presenter, author, mentor and teacher – there aren’t many roles Manchester-born Arlene Phillips hasn’t mastered. Well known as a judge on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing and the founder of the...
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