January 2, 1962:

There was no such thing as social distancing when early morning shoppers crowded into Lewis’s department store in Market Street to snap up bargains in the January sales.

Lewis’s roots were firmly in the North West as the first store opened in Liverpool in 1856 as a men’s and boys’ clothing shop. Other departments were added in the 1870s.

Manchester was the second store to open in 1877. It included a fully appointed ballroom on the fifth floor.

January 1, 1972:

West Ham forward Clyde Best, centre, causes problems for the Manchester United defence during the First Division match between the two clubs at Upton Park.

West Ham went on to win 3-0 with goals from Pop Robson, England World Cup hero Geoff Hurst and Best himself.

It was a transitional season for United with new manager Frank O’Farrell at the helm. The Red Devils finished eighth in the league with 48 points, but enjoyed good runs in both the FA Cup and League Cup.

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January 6, 1987:

Cars are still parked in the snow as a cold snap leaves Market Street in Mottram frozen in the New Year.

On the busy A57 approaching Manchester, Mottram is usually awash with traffic coming off the trans-Pennine Woodhead pass. Around 25,000 vehicles, including 2,000 lorries, pass through the village every day.

A planning application for a bypass is due to be submitted in 2021. If approved, work on the project could start in spring 2023.

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