October 1st 1941:
Volunteers busily prepare meals for families made homeless in bombing raids on Newcastle during the Second World War.
Around 400 people were killed between July 1940 and December 1941 as the Luftwaffe pounded the city and the surrounding area.
The heavy industry of Newcastle, north Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside – including shipbuilding and the docks – were key strategic targets critical to the British war effort.
October 17th 1940:
A volunteer serves up a much-needed cuppa from a mobile canteen on the streets of Liverpool.
As the largest port on the west coast, Liverpool was the most heavily bombed area of the country outside London. Around 4,000 people were killed on Merseyside during the Blitz.
The port of Liverpool was Britain’s main link with North America, handling more than 90 per cent of all the war material brought into Britain from abroad. More than 75 million tons of shipments passed through its 11 miles of quays.
October 9th 1939:
Anti-tank gun crews in gas masks go through a training exercise near Manchester at the start of World War II.
The crews were sorely needed in the years ahead as the Luftwaffe launched waves of bombing raids on the city.
On the nights of December 22nd and 23rd 1940, an estimated 684 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured in the Christmas Blitz. The Royal Exchange, Free Trade Hall and Manchester Cathedral were among hundreds of buildings destroyed or damaged.
October 13th 1958:
Dame Maggie Smith poses for a press photo in Manchester at the start of her distinguished stage and screen career.
She was just about to star as Bridget Howard in the film Nowhere to Go, which tells the story of a conman on the run with an ex-debutante. Smith was BAFTA-nominated for her performance.
Smith won an Oscar for playing the title character in the 1969 movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and more recently appeared as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series from 2001 to 2011.
October 13th 1922:
David Lloyd George and his wife Margaret board the train for Manchester at London’s Euston station during his final days as Prime Minister.
The last Liberal to hold the office, Lloyd George was Prime Minister from December 1916 until October 19th 1922. He resigned after the Chanak Crisis which threatened war with Turkey.
Although he grew up in Wales and was a fluent Welsh-speaker, Lloyd-George was actually born in Chorlton-cum-Medlock.