November 1st 1940:
A huge crater is left in Vyner Road South in Birkenhead after one of the Luftwaffe’s bombing raids on Merseyside during World War II. Fortunately, nobody was injured.
The port of Liverpool was a key strategic target in 1940. Only London suffered heavier raids throughout the war.
Bombing and the blitz (a raid by more than 100 aircraft) form their own chapter in Clive Hardy’s new book The Home Front. Pre-orders will be available soon through inostalgia.co.uk.
November 8th 1986:
Manchester United forward Peter Davenport tries to get the better of Oxford United defender Malcolm Shotton during the Division One clash between the two clubs.
The trip to Oxford’s Manor Ground was not a happy outing for United as they lost 2-0. It was a defeat which helped push the Red Devils back to 11th place in the final league table.
Davenport was signed from Nottingham Forest for a transfer fee of £750,000 in March 1986. Manager Ron Atkinson saw him as a replacement for Mark Hughes who had left for Barcelona.
Atkinson himself left United two days before the Oxford match, to be replaced by Alex Ferguson.
November 6th 1981:
The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attend the opening of the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Described as the ‘first modern light railway system in the UK’, the Metro links South Tyneside and Sunderland with Gateshead, Newcastle and Newcastle airport.
It now serves 60 stations with two lines covering 48.2 miles of track. An estimated 36.4 million passenger journeys were made on the Metro in 2018-19.
November 2nd 1953:
There were far fewer health and safety regulations when Manchester garage mechanic Syd Lee took his mongrel pup Lucky to work with him.
Despite every discouragement, Lucky could not be deterred from sitting next to the welding torch and watching Syd until the job was done.
She even had her own set of goggles to protect her eyes from any stray sparks.
November 1st 1939:
Ham sandwiches were the staple diet of railway station refreshment rooms around the country before the war began – and Manchester was no exception.
But that all stopped in November 1939 when rationing took ham off the menu with the promise that it would be replaced by beef.
It was not until July 4th 1954 that meat and all other food rationing ended in Britain. Petrol rationing returned in the Suez Crisis of late 1956, but ceased again on May 14th 1957.