January 17, 1966:

Coronation Street character Elsie Tanner, played by Fallowfield actress Pat Phoenix, films an episode of the popular Granada soap in a busy Bury street.

Phoenix played outspoken divorcee Elsie, who lived at No. 11 Coronation Street, for a total of 21 years from 1960 to 1973 and again from 1976 to 1984.

Before the Street, Phoenix portrayed Sandy Powell’s wife in the 1948 film Cup-Tie Honeymoon produced by Mancunian Film Studios and starred in the Blackpool show Happy Days with Morecambe actress Thora Hird.

January 25, 1971:

Comedian Duggie Brown was back on TV this week playing pensioner Ted on Coronation Street – 50 years after acting with another Street star Anne Kirkbride.

The two were together on a Manchester football pitch to film the Jack Rosenthal play Another Sunday and Sweet FA for Granada TV. Also in the picture, right, is actress Clare Sutcliffe.

Kirkbride’s appearance in the TV play led her to being cast as Deirdre in Coronation Street – a role she played for no less than 42 years until 2014.

Anne Kirkbride, Clare Sutcliffe and Duggie Brown pictured on setin "Another Sunday and Sweet F.A" by Jack Rosenthal.

January 5, 1974:

Workers start to clear up the derelict Rochdale Canal in central Manchester after decades of neglect.

Opened in 1804, the Rochdale Canal was the first of three canals to be built across the Pennines. It was a busy commercial route during the 19th century.

It runs from the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield Junction in Manchester to the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Workers begin to start to clean up the derelict Rochdale Canal in Greater Manchester 1974