Manchester Pantomimes

Manchester Pantomimes

It’s fair to say the glittering array of talent in Manchester pantomimes of the 1960s read like a Who’s Who of British light entertainment. Norman Wisdom, Bob Monkhouse, Bruce Forsyth, Ruby Murray, Des O’Connor, Alfred Marx and Freddie and the Dreamers all trod the...
Manchester Christmas Derbies

Manchester Christmas Derbies

The Red Devils were expecting an early Christmas present when Eric Cantona chose the local derby with Manchester City to make his league debut in December 1992. The mercurial Frenchman, signed from Leeds United, had already lit up training with the aura and presence...
Rolling Stones ’64

Rolling Stones ’64

Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today. This week we focus more on people rather than landmarks – although the band that visited Manchester in January 1964 are...
Beatles’ Christmas

Beatles’ Christmas

Manchester band the Dakotas played some unusual gigs in their time – but never one like the Beatles’ Christmas party at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, in 1963. It ran for 16 nights, right through to January 11th 1964, and featured some of the biggest names on the...
Christmas Blitz

Christmas Blitz

In what later became known as the Christmas Blitz, Manchester was raided by hundreds of bombers on the nights of December 22nd and 23rd, 1940. Within minutes of the sirens sounding on the first night, Luftflotte 3 pathfinder unit KGr 100 was dropping nearly 10,000...