Hall of Fame – Cyril Washbrook

Hall of Fame – Cyril Washbrook

With his cricket cap cocked in trademark jaunty style, batsman Cyril Washbrook was an absolute favourite of Lancashire and England sports fans in the 1940s and 1950s. During his long career, he was most famous for opening the batting for England with Len Hutton on no...
Hall Of Fame – Peter Butterworth

Hall Of Fame – Peter Butterworth

Few people will know that Bramhall-born Carry On star Peter Butterworth once used his acting skills to help an escape from a German prisoner of war camp. And not just any camp, but Stalag Luft III near Sagan – later immortalised in the film The Great Escape....
Hall Of Fame  – John Alcock

Hall Of Fame – John Alcock

Manchester has a unique place in aviation history thanks to First World War hero and intrepid pilot Sir John William ‘Jack’ Alcock. As one half of the legendary duo Alcock and Brown, he made the first non-stop transatlantic flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to...
Hall Of Fame – Paul Scholes

Hall Of Fame – Paul Scholes

France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry described him as the best player in Premier League history. Spanish playmaker Xavi called him the finest midfielder he’d seen in recent years and Socrates reckoned he was good enough to play for Brazil! The player they praised...
Hall Of Fame – Brian Cox

Hall Of Fame – Brian Cox

It was NASA astronomer Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos that first inspired Brian Cox to be become a scientist. The well-known Oldham physicist, TV presenter and author read the book at the age of 12 – and never looked back. Music was also a major part of the young...
Hall of Fame – Joanne Whalley

Hall of Fame – Joanne Whalley

The career of film and TV actress Joanne Whalley could have taken a very different turn if she’d stuck to her musical roots. For the star of Scandal, the Singing Detective and the Borgias was the once the lead singer of an all-girl group called Cindy and the Saffrons....