December 7, 1963:
Manchester band Freddie and the Dreamers pull silly faces backstage before playing the Majestic Ballroom at Bradford.
Behind the grimaces are, from left, Roy Crewdson, Derek Quinn, Freddie Garrity, Bernie Dwyer and Pete Birrell.
The group were at the height of their fame after releasing the hits You Were Made for Me and I’m Telling You Now earlier in the year. Both reached the top five in the singles charts.
Former milkman Garrity, born in Crumpsall, was the live-wire lead singer of the group. He was renowned for performing acrobatic leaps and jumps on stage.
December 1, 1953:
Firefighters battle to control a blaze that ripped through the Massey-Harris tractor works in Trafford Park Manchester.
The factory started producing mowers and hay machinery on the site seven years earlier in 1946. Neighbouring manufacturers included Ford and cereal maker Kellogs.
More than 75,000 workers were employed at Trafford Park during its peak in 1945.
The former industrial area is now better known for football and shopping at the Trafford Centre.
December 3, 1934:
Sir Oswald Mosley, who died this day in 1980, is pictured arriving at Manchester Piccadilly station before giving a speech at Belle Vue.
Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists, which included the Black Shirts, in 1932.
An audience of more than 8,000 was reported to have gathered to hear Mosley speak. Black Shirts occupied the end two seats in each row. The gangways were also lined with Mosley supporters.