February 1, 1978:

Manchester United centre half Gordon McQueen signs autographs for young fans outside Old Trafford.

Scottish international McQueen had just joined the Red Devils from Leeds United for a transfer fee of £495,000.

McQueen made 184 league appearances for United from 1978 to 1985, scoring 20 goals. He was part of the team that won the 1983 FA Cup after a replay against Brighton and Hove Albion.

February 11, 1975:

Bredbury-born impressionist Mike Yarwood poses as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a publicity shot for his popular TV show.

Yarwood’s viewing figures in the 1970s outstripped even Morecambe and Wise as he became one of the most familiar faces on TV. His most well-known impersonation was probably former Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

The 1977 Mike Yarwood Christmas Show attracted 21.4 million viewers. The annual Morecambe and Wise festive special, broadcast straight afterwards, achieved 21.3 million.

Mike Yarwood, English impressionist, comedian and actor.
impersonating politician Margaret Thatcher.
Mike Yarwood was a very popular television personality in the 1970s.
Picture taken 11th February 1975

February 13, 1957:

American rock-and-roll star Bill Haley takes a break between shows at Manchester’s Odeon cinema. He performed twice the same day with his band The Comets.

Haley was half way through a month-long tour taking in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool and Birmingham as well as Manchester.

By the end of 1956, Haley had notched up six UK chart hits including the iconic singles Rock Around the Clock, See You Later Alligator and Rip It Up.

Haley and The Comets were considered as revolutionary as the Beatles in their day.

American band leader Bill Haley pictured in Manchester when he appeared with his band for two brief periods on the stage at the Odeon Cinema. 13th February 1957.