Belle Vue Burns…

Belle Vue Burns…

February 2, 1958: Firemen tackle the blaze which gutted the York Restaurant and Coronation Ballroom at Belle Vue zoo and amusement park. Artist Syd Lane’s studio was destroyed and 5,000 musical scores belonging to Fred Bonelli and his Old Time Orchestra went up in...
Fizz and Flowers for Bet Lynch…

Fizz and Flowers for Bet Lynch…

January 24, 1992: It’s fizz and flowers for Middleton actress Julie Goodyear who plays landlady Bet Lynch on Granada TV soap Coronation Street. After making her debut on the programme in 1966, Bet became a barmaid in the Rovers Return in 1970 and was the...
Smallpox Vaccinations…

Smallpox Vaccinations…

January 15, 1962: Doctors vaccinate members of the public against smallpox in Manchester Town Hall. Mass vaccinations were a common sight in the 1950s and 60s as smallpox was still endemic in Africa and Asia. It was the first disease to be eradicated in 1980 through...