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.read more
That well-known lyric ‘football’s coming home’ should have been written about Manchester in June rather than England’s World Cup hopes. For June has traditionally been the month when European Cups, FA Cups and league championship trophies have all been brought back to the city to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of cheering fans. In one memorable year – 1999 – it was all three at once!read more
After the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Nostalgia looks back at another momentous Royal occasion 55 years ago this week – the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.read more
… Plus, England Cricket success as 1972 retain the Ashes, and space shuttle Enterprise makes a low-level flypast over Manchesterread more
Manchester United as defender Denis Irwin transfers from Oldham Athletic. The Stranglers perform at Manchester’s Electric Circus. British Midland Canadair C-4 Argonaut that crashes near the centre of Stockport.read more
Forget about the Spice Girls and Sugababes – back in the 1960s two Merseyside bands blazed the trail for girl power! Their names may not be so familiar now, but the Vernons Girls and Three Bells aimed to be the All Saints and Atomic Kittens of their day! The Vernons’ Girls played on the same stage as the Beatles and Rolling Stones while the Three Bells wrote and recorded the Mod classic Someone to Love.read more
Thanks to the movie Made in Dagenham, everyone remembers the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike for the 187 women who walked out in Essex. But 195 women at the Halewood car plant went on strike too! Much less is written or heard about them. But their fight for fair...read more
Nostalgia looks back on the remarkable life of Salford song-writer Ewan MacColl and the music of Manchester in the 1950s. Who would have thought that one of the greatest love songs of all time would be shaped in the grimy streets of Salford during the Great Depression?read more
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
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