December 12, 1970:

As hospitals brace themselves for the Omicron variant, Booth Hall hospital was undergoing a different crisis in the winter of 1970.

Energy workers were taking industrial action, so the Royal Artillery Territorial Army at Belle Vue brought in a 27kv mobile generator to supply lighting and power to the burns unit.

Interested children from the hospital are watching engineer Kenneth Hill warm up the engine to make it ready for use.

December 28, 1992:

Manchester United centre half Steve Bruce finds his way barred by Coventry City striker Robert Rosario during the Premier League clash between the two clubs at Old Trafford.

Rosario’s elbow made little difference to the final outcome as the Red Devils, managed by Alex Ferguson, cruised to a 5-0 victory. The goals were scored by Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, Lee Sharpe and Denis Irwin.

It was a storming season for United who ended up winning the inaugural Premier League title with 84 points, 10 points ahead of runners-up Aston Villa.

Steve Bruce

December 10, 1984:

There’s a distinctly Dickensian flavour to the Victorian Christmas market organised by Manchester Craft Village.

Stallholders dressed in costume and displayed Victorian-style gifts. Old-fashioned street organs, Morris men and a Punch and Judy added to the spectacle.

The familiar novella A Christmas Carol was published by writer Charles Dickens in 1843. It told the story of miser Ebenezer Scrooge who was transformed into a kinder man by the visits of four ghosts.

Manchester Craft Village