December 4, 1987:
The lone passenger on the train from Southport to Manchester is none other than actress Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden on Coronation Street from 1964 to 1987.
One of the most familiar faces on TV, Alexander usually passed unnoticed by fellow travellers as she sat down to do her daily crossword.
She then mingled with the crowds at Victoria Station before heading for Granada studios to film the long-running TV soap.
After leaving Coronation Street, Alexander played Auntie Wainwright in the popular BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 1988 to 2010.
December 2, 1982:
Manchester United defender Gordon McQueen relaxes at home by listening to Elton John’s latest album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
Scotland international McQueen joined the Red Devils from Leeds United for a transfer fee of £495,000 in February 1978.
He made 184 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 20 goals, before joining Hong Kong team Seiko SA in 1985.
December 12, 1969:
Actress Deborah Grant poses for a press photo at the launch of Trevor Peacock’s Christmas musical ERB at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Screenwriter and songwriter Peacock became well known for playing Jim Trott in the BBC sitcom the Vicar of Dibley alongside Dawn French.
He has enjoyed a long association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, writing a number of shows for the company. These include the musical Andy Capp in 1982 and Class K in 1985.
Peacock also wrote the hit single Mrs Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, which topped the US charts for Manchester band Herman’s Hermits in May 1965.