Happy New Year everyone! This week our popular bygones quiz looks back at New Year events and celebrations in Manchester down the years.

Questions range from Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan trying to shed the extra Yuletide pounds to Billy Connolly bringing his New Year tour to the city.

There’s also a shivering Davy Jones finding the cold a little too much to bear on landing in his native Manchester during New Year 1970.

Why not test your local knowledge in our quiz and compare your score with family and friends during the New Year break?

 

Monkees’ lead singer Davy Jones said it was the coldest weather he’d ever experienced when he flew into Ringway Airport from Los Angeles in January 1970. In which part of Manchester was Jones born in December 1945?

Davy Jones
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Which famous comedian and former host of the Golden Shot played Buttons in Cinderella at the Palace Theatre in January 1958?

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Manchester United winger George Best started the New Year of 1970 with a ban! He was suspended by the FA for disciplinary reasons. How many league goals did Best score in total for United?

George Best
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In what year did the Queen Mother re-open Manchester’s Free Trade Hall after it was severely damaged in the Christmas Blitz of 1940?

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Glasgow comedian Billy Connolly appeared in Manchester in January 1975. What is his famous nickname?

Billy Connolly
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In what year did the final Christmas and New Year circus take place at Belle Vue?

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan was told to shed the pounds after Christmas 1969 by manager Joe Mercer. How many league matches did Corrigan play in total for City?

Joe Corrigan
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Supersonic passenger jet Concorde made a surprise visit to Ringway Airport in January 1976 when it was diverted from Heathrow due to fog. In what year did Concorde enter service with British Airways?

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Actor Franco Nero flew into Manchester in January 1969 to see his girlfriend Vanessa Redgrave appear in Daniel Deronda at the University Theatre. What role did Nero play in the 1967 film Camelot?

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American Rock n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry played Manchester in January 1965. Which single gave him his first UK Number One?

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