This Week – Les Dawson, Dennis Law & Bonnie Langford

by | Feb 28, 2018 | This Week |

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.

Les Dawson Pictured at the Opera House

Les Dawson pictured at the Opera House.

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.

Denis Law is challenged for the ball by John McAlle

Denis Law is challenged by John McAlle as Colin Bell looks on.

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.

Paul Nicholas and Bonnie Langford

Bonnie Langford and Paul Nicholas take to the streets of Manchester.