Merry Christmas everyone! Given this special time, you may just guess the theme of our weekly bygones quiz!
We’re focusing on Manchester Yuletides past with questions ranging from football to festive songs, Christmas lights to Coronation Street, and politicians to pantomimes.
Why not test your local knowledge and compare your score with family and friends round the Christmas table?
Singer David Essex turned on the Manchester Christmas lights in 1987. What role did he play in the original stage version of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita?
It’s rumoured that Manchester band the Hollies came up with their name after seeing a holly garland during a gig at a city club. Who was the band’s original lead singer?
Manchester United striker Denis Law amused photographers by playing keepy-uppy with a football round his Christmas tree in 1987. How many league appearances did Law make for the Red Devils from 1962 to 1973?
Des O’Connor starred in the panto Cinderella at the Palace Theatre in December 1967 – along with Tanya the baby elephant! What was O’Connor’s only Number One single in 1968?
Coronation Street put on their own version of Cinderella in 1964 with Pat Phoenix as Prince Charming. Which actress, who played Lucille Hewitt, was Cinderella?
Tory Prime Minister Ted Heath went Christmas shopping in Manchester in 1969 to buy a sweater – blue of course! Which Labour leader did Heath defeat in the 1970 General Election?
Tameside singer and Coronation Street actor Shayne Ward was Number One in the 2005 UK Christmas charts with which single?
Manchester City striker Rodney Marsh, pictured, was happy to pose for the press during the 1975 festive fixture programme. From which club did he join the Blues for a transfer fee of £200,000?
Tom Courtenay and Helen Mirren appeared in Charley’s Aunt at Manchester’s Little University Theatre at Christmas 1966. Which detective did Mirren play in Prime Suspect, partly filmed in Manchester?
In which year did St Winifred’s RC Primary School choir from Stockport top the UK Christmas charts with their single There’s No One Quite Like Grandma?
📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?
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