Dukinfield actress Kathy Staff is most fondly remembered for her brilliant portrayal of Nora Batty in the BBC TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. She played the redoubtable café owner in her ever-present pinny and hair-curlers from the first episode in 1973 until 2008....read more
Plus.. ‘Hurricane’ Higgins wins at The Crucible, and Gordon Pirie runs at White Cityread more
No-one could ever accuse Salford film and TV star Robert Powell of being type-cast in his long and varied acting career.
His roles have ranged all the way from Jesus of Nazareth to hapless cop David Briggs in Jasper Carrott’s comedy sitcom The Detectives.
Plus… Manchester Whit Walks & Dockworkers Strike brings UK Ports to a Standstillread more
Manchester United won the Champions League final against Chelsea this week in 2008 – the 40th anniversary of their first European triumph. It was 40 years since the Red Devils became the first English club to win the European Cup and the 100th anniversary of their first ever league championship.read more
Believe it or not, popular Merseyside TV series Z Cars started life on a scriptwriter’s sickbed. Creator Troy Kennedy Martin was so bored when he was laid up with mumps that he tuned into police messages on his radio to pass the time. It gave him the idea for the gritty northern police drama that ran from January 1962 to September 1978.read more
Nostalgia looks back 50 years when City and United finished first and second in the league – and Real Madrid were tamed in the European Cupread more
Nostalgia relives the hardships of the 1926 General Strike in Manchester – as well as the brief respite of Bolton bringing back the FA Cupread more
Plus… Salford Red Devilsplay in Challenge Cup Final match against Castleford & Francoise Hardy films Top of the Pops at the BBC studios.read more
Salford school pals Allan Clarke and Graham Nash were the backbone of world-famous Manchester band The Hollies. The band notched up 30 chart singles in the UK.read more
Plus.. Norman Whiteside triumphantly holds the FA Cup aloft after United win, and the Queen visits William Kenyon and Sons Ltd in Dukinfieldread more
Nostalgia remembers the heady mix of fashion, people, personalities and performers that made up the Madchester music scene.read more
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