March 6, 1954:
Walking into a lions’ den is a dream come true for Manchester youngster Cedric Crossfields. He ran away from home at the age of 15 so he could become a lion tamer.
When Billy Smart’s Circus head about his ambition, they gave him the chance to enter the cage with the big cats in Sheffield as an anxious crowd looked on.
Our picture shows Cedric meeting the huge beasts for the first time with professional lion tamer Charles Illenebe. The circus staff were so impressed they offered Cedric a job!
March 5, 1993:
It’s not often that someone gets the better of England and Manchester United midfield ace Bobby Charlton – especially not a young lad taught by the maestro himself.
But that’s exactly what happened when 12-year-old Carl Houghton slipped the ball through Charlton’s legs at a football school on Merseyside.
Charlton made 758 appearances for United, a record only bettered by Ryan Giggs in 2008. His goal tally of 249 is the club’s second highest behind Wayne Rooney.
March 11, 1995:
Music sensation Prince performs to a capacity audience at Manchester’s G-Mex centre during his Ultimate Live Experience Tour.
At the time, the singer-songwriter had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol meant to be a fusion of male and female genders. The symbol is reflected in the shape of Prince’s guitar.
Prince, who topped the US singles charts with When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, Kiss and Diamonds and Pearls, died in April 2016 at the age of 57.