There’s a New Year’s theme to our nostalgia quiz this week as we celebrate the start of 2021.

With Covid restrictions firmly in place, we’re looking back on seasonal parties and pantomimes of bygone years when everyone mingled more freely.

There are also a few general knowledge questions about Manchester to keep you on your toes!

Why not test your knowledge 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.

The books are on sale now for £14.99 including postage and packing. Not only that, buy three books and get 25 per cent off the third! Just go to inostalgia.co.uk or ring 01928 503777 to place your order.

 

The Queen Mother (then the Queen) re-opened Manchester’s Free Trade Hall (after it was damaged in the Christmas Blitz of 1940) in what year?

Correct! Wrong!

American Rock n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry played Manchester in January 1965. In what year did his single My Ding-a-Ling top the UK charts?

Chuck Berry tunes up for his Manchester concert, January 1965
Correct! Wrong!

The Bill Haley Dance Contest came to Belle Vue in February 1957. What was the name of Haley’s band?

Correct! Wrong!

Singer and entertainer Des O’Connor starred as Buttons in the 1967 pantomime Cinderella at the Palace Theatre. What was his first UK Number One single?

Des O’Connor in night clothes with Good Fairy Eileen Dell at the Palace Theatre, December 1967
Correct! Wrong!

Which famous stage and screen couple performed in Caesar and Cleopatra at the Opera House, Manchester, in 1951?

Correct! Wrong!

David Beckham scored twice in a famous 5-3 away victory for Manchester United over Chelsea in the FA Cup Third Round in early January 1998. What French club did he play for after loan spells with AC Milan?

David Beckham celebrates scoring in Manchester United’s 5-3 away win over Chelsea, January 1998
Correct! Wrong!

When did Sabena Airways launch Manchester’s first scheduled service to New York from Ringway Airport?

Correct! Wrong!

In what year did the final circus, always a favourite seasonal attraction, take place at Belle Vue?

Gilbert Honch and his tigers at the Belle Vue circus, January 1947
Correct! Wrong!

Manchester-born Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, made his West End singing debut in which show?

Correct! Wrong!

In what year did Manchester’s concert venue Bridgewater Hall open?

Correct! Wrong!