December 8, 1976:

Gas lamps and cobblestones in the snow give a Dickensian look to King Street in Manchester as pedestrians carry on Christmas shopping in the wintry weather.

It was a far cry from earlier in the year when drought measures were introduced in one of the driest, sunniest and warmest summers of the 20th century.

Parts of the country went 45 days without any rain. Crops were devastated and food prices rose by almost 12 per cent as a result.

December 9, 1970:

Let there be light… The Salford candle works of Wilberforce Turner and Company have suddenly become very busy due to power cuts caused by energy workers’ industrial action.

Sid Goves, a foreman at the works, displays some of the thousands of extra candles produced by the factory. He would get even busier as the decade wore on.

In January 1974, Prime Minister Edward Heath introduced the three-day working week to conserve electricity as strikes by miners and railway workers threatened coal supplies.

foreman at the candle works of Wilberforce Turner and Co. Ltd in Salford 1970

December 15, 1980:

There’s a familiar face in the crowd watching Altrincham take on Scunthorpe in a Second Round FA Cup replay at Moss Lane.

Wearing a flat cap, centre, is none other than Liverpool manager Bob Paisley. He was scouting out the opposition as Liverpool were due to play the winners in the next round

Altrincham defeated Scunthorpe 1-0, but were then beaten 4-1 at Anfield. Liverpool went out in the Fourth Round, losing 2-1 to local rivals Everton.

Bob Paisley watches Altrincham in action in FA Cup match 1980