February 2, 1958:
Firemen tackle the blaze which gutted the York Restaurant and Coronation Ballroom at Belle Vue zoo and amusement park.
Artist Syd Lane’s studio was destroyed and 5,000 musical scores belonging to Fred Bonelli and his Old Time Orchestra went up in flames.
What started as a small fire in the early hours of the morning soon swept through the wooden structure.
The blaze was already out of control before firemen arrived. Fortunately no-one was hurt.
Belle Vue staff, led by head keeper Matt Kelly, moved almost all the animals under threat to safety. One lioness, named Judy, had to be put down after she became distressed.
February 4, 1964:
It’s a far cry from the early projectors of the silent era to these massive machines in Manchester’s Gaumont cinema!
Only the latest technology was good enough for the year’s biggest movies, including Zulu, the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night and the Walt Disney classic Mary Poppins.
The Gaumont opened in October 1935 with the British classic The Thirty-Nine Steps starring Withington-born actor Robert Donat.
The popular Oxford Road cinema, which had a capacity of 2,300 in its heyday, closed in 1974.
February 1, 1939:
Wearing clogs and leading her trusty horse, Wigan woman Hannah Turner ran her own coal business for three decades between the two World Wars.
Hannah, from Shevington, was 58 when this remarkable photograph was taken. She was out in all weathers and did her utmost never to miss a delivery.
January 30, 1981:
Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison was smiling at the start of the year – but that all changed a few months later when he was replaced by Norwich City manager John Bond.
Appointed in 1979, Allison sold crowd favourites Peter Barnes and Gary Owen to bring in Michael Robinson and Wolves midfielder Steve Daley for a British record transfer fee of £1.45 million.
Daley failed to deliver and City struggled. Allison made matters worse by getting into a verbal scrap with his successor Bond.
After leaving City, Allison rejoined Crystal Palace – a club he previously managed from 1973-76.
February 1, 1968:
Manchester United winger George Best sits reflectively in the changing room in what was to prove a momentous season for the Northern Ireland international.
United became the first English team to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4-2 at Wembley, and Best picked up a string of honours.
He was voted European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.
He finished the season as United’s top scorer with 32 goals in all competitions.
January 31, 1967:
Two-year-old Joseph Cummings from Eastnor Street, Old Trafford, is dwarfed by his daily playmates – six huge Great Danes!
The dogs, Liza, Gina, Marcus, Dawn, Jane and Tracy, belonged to hairdresser George Brown and ate their way through 24lb of meat every day.
No wonder their combined weight was a whopping 53 stones!