December 7, 1983:
Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon belts out one of the group’s hits in front of a screaming audience at the Apollo, Manchester.
Duran Duran were in the city as part of a global tour which included the band’s first major stadium dates in the USA.
A documentary film of the tour was released under the title Sing Blue Silver.
December 13, 1966:
Three actors with very bright futures line up for a photo-call at the start of their careers at Manchester’s Little University Theatre.
Lucy Fleming, Tom Courtenay and Helen Mirren were holding an informal press conference for the play Charley’s Aunt.
Mirren, aged 21, had just joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after playing Cleopatra in the National Youth Theatre production of Antony and Cleopatra at London’s Old Vic theatre.
Fleming appeared in numerous TV programmes, including the Avengers and the BBC post-apocalypse drama Survivors in the 1970s.
Courtenay got his big break playing the title role in the film Billy Liar in 1963.
December 16, 1969:
Windswept Transport Minister Fred Mulley opens a 13-mile stretch of the M61 between Manchester and Preston.
The new section ran between Horwich and the Preston bypass. The near empty motorway carries considerably more traffic today!
Mulley refused to drive a car while he was Transport Minister as he thought it would be ‘inappropriate’. So the family’s Austin Maxi was driven by his wife.