December 19, 1979:
Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey takes a rest from training during the hectic Christmas and New Year football schedule.
United had just beaten Coventry City 2-1 away and were due to play Nottingham Forest next in the league at Old Trafford.
Bailey’s rest did the trick as he kept a clean sheet in United’s 3-0 victory. Joe Jordan scored twice with Gordon McQueen netting the third.
United eventually finished second in the First Division with 58 points – just two behind arch rivals Liverpool.
December 15, 1958:
A youthful Bob Monkhouse lines up with co-stars Sally Bazely and George Arnett at a photocall for the panto Cinderella at the Palace Theatre.
Bazely, who starred in the TV series Father, Dear Father, played Cinderella while Monkhouse was Buttons. Arnett played The Baron.
Monkhouse had just made a name for himself in the first Carry On movie – Carry on Sergeant – and was the host of the TV quiz show Do You Trust Your Wife?
December 15, 1955:
Santa swaps his sleigh for a squad car as Salford police get ready for their annual Christmas crackdown on the city’s roads.
Father Christmas was really Sergeant Cyril Condliffe who toured the city giving road safety advice to children over the police car wireless.
The campaign was fittingly called Save Christmas.