This Week – Les Dawson, Dennis Law & Bonnie Langford
Each week we look back at different events and memories. This weeks memories include Les Dawson at the Opera House, Dennis Law and Bonnie Langford.
February 26th 1969
Lugubrious Les Dawson takes time to reflect at Manchester’s Opera House after landing the biggest job of his career.
The Collyhurst comedian had just signed up for a six-week series of half-hour shows on Yorkshire TV.
Dawson, who was 36 at the time, had already perfected the art of playing the odd wrong note on the piano to hilarious effect as well as his mother-in-law monologues.
He made his TV debut on talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967.
March 2nd 1974
Denis Law is challenged for the ball by John McAlle as Manchester City take on Wolves in the League Cup Final at Wembley. City midfielder Colin Bell is looking on.
Wolves won the match 2-1 with goals from Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards. Bell had equalised for City.
Steve Bruce, the future Manchester United defender and Aston Villa manager, was a ball-boy at the game. He was 13 years old.
February 27th 1985
Bonnie Langford and Paul Nicholas take to the streets of Manchester in a publicity shot for Pirates of Penzance at the Opera House.
Langford won Opportunity Knocks when she was only six years old and went on to star as Violet Elizabeth Bott in the TV series Just William.
Nicholas moved into musical acting after a successful pop career. He played Vince Pinner in the popular TV series Just Good Friends.