‘Navy Boys’ clear unexploded bombs from canal

‘Navy Boys’ clear unexploded bombs from canal

October 9, 1945: This remarkable image from the M.E.N. archive shows the intrepid ‘Navy Boys’ who helped clear the Manchester Ship Canal of unexploded bombs after World War II. The brave divers were literally human minesweepers, who risked danger every day operating...
Sarah Lancashire arrives on Coronation Street

Sarah Lancashire arrives on Coronation Street

September 26, 1987: Oldham actress Sarah Lancashire makes her first appearance on Coronation Street as Wendy Farmer, a prospective lodger of series regular Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey). Lancashire returned to the Street in 1991 as would-be model Raquel Wolstenhulme, a...
Anti-tank gun crews in training near Manchester

Anti-tank gun crews in training near Manchester

October 1, 1939: Anti-tank gun crews wear gas masks in a training exercise near Manchester at the start of World War II. War was declared on Germany on September 3rd 1939 and thousands of men aged between 18 and 41 were conscripted under the National Service (Armed...
Ouch! Bobby Charlton Feels the Pain

Ouch! Bobby Charlton Feels the Pain

September 23, 1967: Ouch! That hurt! Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton feels the pain after being tackled by Tottenham’s Cyril Knowles when the two sides met at Old Trafford. At least Charlton had the last laugh as United won the First Division clash 3-1...