December 4, 1976:

Manchester City forward Brian Kidd levels the score at 1-1 during a closely-fought First Division match against Derby County at Maine Road.

The result was 3-2 victory to the Blues with Kidd scoring twice and the third goal coming from Dennis Tueart. City went on to finish second in the league with 56 points, just one point behind champions Liverpool.

Kidd, born in Collyhurst, was City’s top scorer for the season with 23 goals in all competitions. He made 98 league appearances for the Blues from 1976 to 1979, scoring 44 times. He was also capped twice for England.

December 2, 1976:

Rod Stewart, formerly of the Faces, belts out hit after hit during his concert at Belle Vue, Manchester. Sharing the stage with him is guitarist Jim Cregan.

Scottish rock singer Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time with more than 250 million records to his name. Six of his singles have been UK Number Ones, starting with Maggie May in 1971.

Stewart has also sold 10 Number One albums. He was knighted in 2016.

Rod Stewart

December 4, 1969:

Well-known actress Glynis Johns switches on the Newcastle Christmas lights watched by a crowd of 300 children in the city centre.

Santa was there too, along with the Northumberland Police Band who played festive music and Christmas carols.

Johns, who memorably played Winifred Banks in the 1964 Disney classic movie Mary Poppins, was in Newcastle to appear in the production Come As You Are at the Theatre Royal.

Glynis johns