Hall of Fame – Richmal Crompton

Hall of Fame – Richmal Crompton

Bury vicar’s daughter Richmal Crompton was always a little confused about her hugely successful Just William stories. She couldn’t understand why likeable scamp William was so popular when her adult fiction books, which she considered equally good, mostly stayed on...
Hall of Fame – Tim Burgess

Hall of Fame – Tim Burgess

Anyone who turned up at Manchester Cathedral on the evening of Thursday November 15th 2012 could be forgiven for thinking they’d walked into the wrong place. For instead of the usual choir, the music was being provided by a Manchester supergroup to help the city’s...
Hall of Fame – Siobhan Finneran

Hall of Fame – Siobhan Finneran

Feisty, foul-mouthed and quite fantastic was how Oldham actress Siobhan Finneran described her character Janice Garvey in the hit sitcom Benidorm. It summed up the popular appeal of the Garvey family matriarch – an appeal which made Finneran one of the most familiar...
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...
Hall of Fame – David Gray

Hall of Fame – David Gray

Life-long Manchester United supporter David Gray achieved world-wide fame when he released his smash-hit album White Ladder in 2000. It was actually the second time round for the LP as the Sale-born singer had originally released it in November 1998. It hardly scaled...
Jack Rosenthal

Jack Rosenthal

Almost every Mancunian must have experienced and enjoyed the work of playwright and scriptwriter Jack Rosenthal. The life-long United supporter wrote 129 episodes of Coronation Street and more than 150 screenplays for film and TV, including London’s Burning, The...