Manchester United star George Best and Manchester City’s Mike Summerbee celebrate the opening of Best’s ‘Edwardian’ fashion boutique in the city.
The two footballers were good friends. A year later, Best was the best man at Summerbee’s wedding to Tina Schofield at St Michael and All Angels Church in Mottram.
Best wasn’t alone in venturing into retail. Openshaw-born Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees pop group, opened his Zilch boutique in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1967.
September 23, 1956:
Actress Sheila Sweet, just recovering from a cold, tries on her slipper socks backstage at Manchester’s Opera House.
Sweet, well-known for playing Pat Grove in the BBC TV series The Grove Family, was appearing as Catty in the comedy play Ring for Catty. The socks were a gift from producer Richard Eastham.
The Grove Family was regarded as Britain’s first TV soap. It ran from April 1954 to June 1957 and focused on the everyday life of the family in the title.
The comedy Ring for Catty, set in a hospital, became the template for the second Carry On film – Carry on Nurse – in 1959.
September 21, 1950:
The fashion and textile industry was important to Manchester in the 1950s. Here we see researcher Barbara Hodson measuring the stiffening produced by proofing in hats.
The tests were carried out at the British Hat and Allied Felt Makers Research Association’s new laboratory at Stanley House in Fairfield, Manchester.