January 2 1962:
Shoppers pack into Lewis’s department store in Manchester to snap up a bargain in the January sales.
The Market Street store was a magnet for Mancunians at Christmas and the New Year. Children loved Santa’s grotto and parents delighted in sampling the delicacies of the Food Hall. The January sales were always busy.
The first Lewis’s store opened in Liverpool in 1856. After the Manchester store was closed in 2002, it was the only Lewis’s to trade under the original name. It, too, closed in 2010.
January 2 1986:
Staff at Kendal’s, another famous Manchester department store, dress up in Victorian costume to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first January sale.
Also known as Kendal, Milne & Co., the store was opened as Watts’ in 1832. The founder John Watts had begun a drapery business in Deansgate in 1796, which later became known as ‘The Bazaar.’
Three employees – Kendal, Milne and Faulkner – bought the store in 1836.
It was purchased by Harrods in 1919 and then the House of Fraser in 1959. The Kendal’s name was retained until 2005, when the store became House of Fraser, Manchester.
January 5 1998:
Actors Jane Danson and Adam Rickitt journey north of the border to film their wedding scenes for Granada TV soap Coronation Street.
Danson still plays her character Leanne Battersby in the long-running programme. Rickitt, who played Nick Tilsley, left in 1999 but returned for a year in 2003. Nick is now portrayed by Ben Price.
The couple’s marriage was short-lived. Nick abandoned Leanne to live in Canada and then Nottingham. But now the pair are reunited – 20 years on.
January 1 1989:
Mark Hughes in action for Manchester United against fierce rivals Liverpool in a Division One clash at Anfield on New Year’s Day.
United won 3-1 with goals from forwards Hughes and Brian McClair and promising young midfielder Russell Beardsmore.
Hughes had just returned to the club after spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He finished the season as United’s joint top scorer with McClair on 16 goals and was voted PFA Player of the Year.
The Red Devils ended the season in 11th place with 51 points.
January 1 1970:
This Afghan hound looks the cat’s whiskers at the Bolton Dog Show –the first of the New Year.
At least its owner thinks so. He’s ready to celebrate with a bottle of brown ale while a fascinated child looks on.
Crufts, the world’s most prestigious dog show, traditionally takes place in March.
January 1 1959:
Salford playwright Shelagh Delaney is busy tapping away at her typewriter at home in Duchy Road.
She was working ahead of the premiere of her play A Taste of Honey which was due to open in London’s West End in February.
The production proved a hit and led to a major film being released in 1961. It starred Rita Tushingham as the pregnant teenager forced to fend for herself when her mother remarries.
The movie also featured Parbold actress Dora Bryan as the mother and Robert Stephens as her latest romance.