Bury vicar’s daughter Richmal Crompton was always a little confused about her hugely successful Just William stories. She couldn’t understand why likeable scamp William was so popular…
Timing was everything in the career of former world snooker champion John Spencer. The Bury-born master of the green baize rose to fame just as snooker was taking off on British TV in the 1970s. He became a household name on the popular TV snooker programme Pot Black, along with Ray Reardon, Fred Davis and Dennis Taylor, and won a string of national and international events.read more
…plus, Beckham celebrates Manchester United goal at Upton Park, and PJ Proby appears on the Simon Dee TV Show in Manchesterread more
…plus, Man City’s Peter Reid keeps an eye on Gazza during match at White Hart Lane, and local marathon runner, Ron Hill runs home from work.read more
Doctor Who, the nation’s favourite TV science fiction series, enjoys a powerful connection with the North West. Four actors from the region have played the Doctor since the programme’s launch in 1963 – and three more have appeared as his time-travelling companions…read more
Barbara Dickson has vivid memories about auditioning for Willy Russell’s musical John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. It was the early 1970s and she was a little-known folk singer at the time. How would she cope with belting out a string of classic Beatles’ songs accompanied only by her piano?read more
It’s a commonly held belief that The Smiths started life when guitarist Johnny Marr knocked on singer Morrissey’s door in May 1982 and asked if he’d like to form a group. But there’s evidence that the two met well before then at a Patti Smith gig at Manchester’s Apollo Theatre in August 1978.read more
Then and Now
Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.
This week our image shows Oldham Street in 1900. There’s a real hustle and bustle about the place as people flock to its shops and stores.
Pedestrians avoid the trams as they carefully make their way over the tracks and cobbles in the middle of the busy thoroughfare.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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