Today is Valentine’s Day – and our nostalgia quiz this week has a distinctly romantic theme!

Why not test your knowledge of couples in love in Manchester, mainly in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and compare your score with friends?

Many of the questions in our quizzes are based on Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books. 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. Just go to inostalgia.co.uk or ring 01928 503777 to place your order.

Watch out also for Clive’s new book, The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. It’s packed with unmissable images from World War II, many from the North West.

 

Paula Wilcox and Richard Beckinsale played the lead roles in Granada’s romantic comedy The Lovers, first broadcast in 1970. What were their characters called?

Paula Wilcox and Richard Beckinsale in The Lovers, June 1972
Correct! Wrong!

Italian actor Franco Nero surprised his girlfriend Vanessa Redgrave by turning up unannounced in Manchester for the opening night of her play Daniel Deronda in January 1969. What role did Nero famously play in the movie musical Camelot?

Correct! Wrong!

Teen idol David Cassidy packed out Belle Vue in March 1973. Four years later, he arrived in Britain with his secret fiancée, pictured. What was her name?

David Cassidy arrives in the UK with his secret fiancée, February 1990
Correct! Wrong!

Eric Stewart of Stockport band 10cc said he wrote the classic love song I’m Not in Love because his wife complained he didn’t he tell her he loved her often enough. In what year was the song released as a single?

Correct! Wrong!

Coronation Street characters Bet and Alec Gilroy, played by Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough, set off on a tandem with a giant love heart to celebrate Valentine’s Day in 1990. In what year did Bet make her first appearance on the Street?

Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough with a big Valentine’s Day love heart, February 1990
Correct! Wrong!

She played barmaid Bet for nine episodes in 1966 before becoming a permanent character in 1970

Celebrated screen couple Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were in Manchester in 1949 for the first European showing of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Opera House. For which film did Leigh win a best actress Oscar in 1939?

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh at Manchester Opera House, September 1949
Correct! Wrong!

One of Coronation Street’s most enduring couples were Jack and Vera Duckworth, played by Liz Dawn and Ardwick actor Bill Tarmey. In what year did Tarmey finally leave the Street?

Correct! Wrong!

Manchester City footballer Mike Summerbee married Tina Schofield in September 1968. Which famous player was the best man?

Correct! Wrong!

Oldham actress Dora Bryan married cricketer Bill Lawton from Ashton-under-Lyne in February 1954. What role did Bryan play in Last of the Summer Wine in 2000?

Correct! Wrong!

International movie star Sophia Loren was a visitor to Manchester in 1982. Who was her film producer husband?

Correct! Wrong!