May 3, 2000:

Rochdale actress Julie Goodyear takes centre stage as the Evil Queen in the photocall for the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Manchester Opera House.

The Coronation Street star was joined by Emmerdale’s Patrick Mower and Salford singer and presenter Danielle Nicholls, who played Snow White.

Goodyear portrayed Rovers Return barmaid and landlady Bet Lynch on the Street from 1970 to 1995, returning for spells in 2002 and 2003. She was awarded the MBE in the 1996 New Year Honours list.

May 4, 1957:

Manchester United go on the attack during the 1957 FA Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley.

The Red Devils went 2-0 down thanks to a brace from Villa winger Peter McParland, but struck back in the 83rd minute with a goal from centre forward Tommy Taylor.

United then laid siege to the Villa goal, but the Midlanders held on to win 2-1.

United goalkeeper Ray Wood suffered a broken cheekbone after six minutes and had to be replaced by defender Jackie Blanchflower. As no substitutes were allowed at the time, the Red Devils were forced to play with 10 men.

FA Cup Final 1957

May 1, 1942:

It may look like a giant gramophone speaker, but it’s actually an important part of Britain’s war effort.

An instructor is giving advice to trainee parachutists via a PA system as they descend at RAF Ringway after jumping from a Whitley bomber.

RAF Ringway was operational from 1939 until 1957. The site is now occupied by Manchester Airport.

Paratroop Training at RAF Ringway