December 20, 1950:

Priscilla the Goose lays a golden egg – much to the surprise of actor Tommy Fields – during rehearsals for the panto Mother Goose at the Manchester Hippodrome.

Also on stage is Monica MacLeod playing the witch and Harry Cranley hidden away in the goose costume!

Fields, the younger brother of singer and entertainer Gracie Fields, was a popular performer. He starred with his sister in the movies Look Up and Laugh (1935) and Keep Smiling (1938).

December 22, 1969:

Security screens obscure the view of the traditional Christmas crib at Strangeways Prison, Manchester, as inmates attend a rehearsal for the annual carol service.

The crib, decorated by the prisoners themselves, replaced the customary Christmas tree at the central hall leading on to the prison wings. It was moved up to the second landing.

Strangeways was opened on June 25th 1869. It replaced the New Bailey Prison in Salford which closed in 1868.


December 20, 1969:

Manchester City defender Tony Book keeps a close eye on Chelsea centre forward Peter Osgood during the First Division clash between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge.

The City skipper ended up on the losing side as the London club won 3-1. Winger Mike Summerbee was on target for the Blues while Chelsea’s goals were scored by David Webb (2) and Ian Hutchinson.

Both clubs enjoyed considerable success in domestic and European cup competitions in the 1969-70 season. City won the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup while Chelsea won the FA Cup after a replay.

Chelsea v Manchester City