Christmas is nearly upon us, so this week’s nostalgia quiz is sprinkled with seasonal questions about Manchester.

Why not test your knowledge of Manchester past and compare your score with friends?

Many of the questions in our quizzes are based on Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They’re packed with memories and unmissable pictures from the M.E.N. archive.

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What was the name of the device added to cans to make Manchester’s favourite Christmas tipple, Boddingtons Bitter, so creamy?

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The world’s first passenger railway was opened in Manchester in 1830. But where did it run to?

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What was the name of Belle Vue’s famous hippo, sometimes fed Christmas cakes by head zookeeper Matt Kelly?

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During the Christmases of the 1950s, which chemical made the thick fog smell like rotten eggs?

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In 1948, Manchester University scored a world first by developing the first computer to have a stored programme and memory. It’s the forerunner of every computer on the planet today, but what was its nickname?

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Which actor, still part of the Coronation Street cast, made their debut in the first ever episode on December 9th 1960?

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Entertainer Des O’Connor starred with Freddie Garrity, lead singer of Manchester band Freddie and the Dreamers, in the Christmas panto Aladdin at the Palace Theatre in 1965. O’Connor was the co-presenter of the daytime TV show Today with Des and Mel with which celebrity?

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The vegetarian movement actually started in Manchester in the borough of Salford, inspired by the sermons of the somewhat incongruously named Reverend William Cowherd. In what year did the vegetarian movement begin?

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Manchester Airport is the largest regional airport in the UK used by more than 26 million passengers every year. Under what name was it previously known?

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Manchester-born actor Robert Donat starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 movie The 39 Steps and won an Oscar for his role in Goodbye Mr Chips in 1939. What was the profession of Mr Chips?

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