May 8, 1976:
Blanco the lion cub looks like he’s enjoying crawling over the head of his surrogate parent, Belle Vue zoo superintendent Peter Grayson.
The 18-month-old cub was abandoned by his mother after just one day, so Grayson took him into his home. He quickly became part of the family!
Grayson used to take Blanco on regular walks around the zoo and sometimes even took him for a stroll along Hyde Road.
As Blanco was hand-reared, it was considered unsafe to return him to the main lion enclosure.
May 5, 1982:
The Queen looks over to Prince Philip during her visit to Manchester as well-wishers gather to catch a glimpse of their monarch.
She was weighed down with flowers and bouquets during a brief walkabout in the city centre and was given a rapturous welcome by nurses at Withington Hospital.
During her time in Manchester, the Queen visited the Coronation Street set at Granada Studios and enjoyed chatting to the cast.
Alf Roberts’ corner shop was decked with flags and posters – and Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear) wore special Charles and Diana earrings for the occasion!
May 3, 1959:
Legendary Wigan winger Billy Boston bulldozes his way through three Hull players during the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.
Wigan went on to win the match 30-13 with Boston scoring two tries.
Boston played 488 times for Wigan from 1953 to 1968, scoring no less than 478 tries. He won 31 caps for Great Britain from 1954 to 1962, notching up 24 tries.
His career total of 571 tries makes him the second highest try scorer in rugby league history.