Hall of Fame – John Spencer

Hall of Fame – John Spencer

Timing was everything in the career of former world snooker champion John Spencer. The Bury-born master of the green baize rose to fame just as snooker was taking off on British TV in the 1970s. He became a household name on the popular TV snooker programme Pot Black,...
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...
Hall Of Fame – Melanie Sykes

Hall Of Fame – Melanie Sykes

You could say TV and radio presenter Melanie Sykes is as Manchester as Boddingtons Bitter or the Ashtonian Brass Band. And you’d be right! Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, she starred in an advertising campaign for Boddingtons and played the baritone horn along with her...
Hall of Fame – Mike Yarwood

Hall of Fame – Mike Yarwood

As a lifelong mimic, Stockport entertainer Mike Yarwood did a pretty good impression of being a professional footballer. So good, in fact, that he almost pursued a career in the game instead of going into showbusiness and becoming one of the biggest stars of British...
Hall Of Fame – Joe Brown

Hall Of Fame – Joe Brown

Ardwick climber Joe Brown became so famous in the 1960s that the Post Office would deliver letters to him simply addressed as ‘The Human Fly, UK.’ The world knew where to find him after a series of high-profile ascents in the Alps and Himalayas as well as a number of...
Hall of Fame – Margaret Beckett

Hall of Fame – Margaret Beckett

As a politician, Dame Margaret Beckett has always been something of a trailblazer. The Labour MP, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, became Britain’s first female Foreign Secretary in 2006 and has held a number of Cabinet posts. When John Smith died in 1994, she became the...
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