December 16, 1991:

Singer Dana and comedian Jimmy Cricket pose outside Manchester’s Palace Theatre during a photo-call for the panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Dana won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with All Kinds of Everything. It topped the UK charts and became an international best-seller.

Jimmy Cricket came to prominence in the 1970s with his own shows on TV and radio.

Dana and Jimmy Cricket starring in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Palace Theatre, Manchester.

December 11, 1968:

Young autograph hunters greet Manchester United winger George Best as he leaves Old Trafford after receiving treatment for an injury. There’s even a dog waiting too!

Best was at the height of his powers in 1968, having just helped United become the first English club to win the European Cup by beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley in May.

Born in Belfast, Best made 361 league appearances for the Red Devils from 1963 to 1974, scoring 137 goals. He won 37 caps for Northern Ireland.

George Best

December 12, 1965:

Entertainer Des O’Connor rehearses for the panto Aladdin at Manchester’s Palace Theatre. Alongside him is Mary Hewing who played the Genie of the Ring.

As well as hosting a string of game shows, O’Connor recorded 36 albums and achieved four Top-Ten UK singles. His version of the Barry Mason and Les Reed song I Pretend went to Number One in July 1968.

O’Connor’s singing voice was often the target for light-hearted banter from comedians Morecambe and Wise. O’Connor didn’t mind a bit, and often appeared in sketches on the duo’s shows.

Aladdin Pantomime Dress Rehearsal, 1965