September 16, 1990:

Lancashire cricketer Neil Fairbrother hits out for his county during the final of Benson and Hedges Trophy against Worcestershire.

Lancashire won the 55-over match at Lord’s cricket ground with a score of 241 runs for the loss of eight wickets. In reply, Worcestershire were 172 all out with Ian Botham making 38.

Fairbrother was the competition’s highest scorer with 435 runs. During his career he made 10 Test appearances for England as well as representing his country in three Cricket World Cups.

September 17, 1971:

Gorton Morris Men step out in style as the Lord Mayor’s procession winds its way through Manchester.

The mayor’s office in Manchester stretches back to 1838 when Liberal politician and industrialist Sir Thomas Potter held the post for two years.

The first records of Morris men date from 1448 when the Goldsmiths’ Company in London paid seven shillings to folk dancers for entertainment.

Lord Mayors procession in Manchester 1971

September 10, 1893:

Blackpool – a favourite holiday destination for thousands of Mancunians down the years – looked very different before the famous tower was completed in May 1894.

Our extraordinary early image shows the 518ft tower under construction. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it was designed by Lancashire architects James Maxwell and Charles Tuke who both died before its completion.

A Grade I listed building, Blackpool Tower remains the 120th tallest free-standing tower in the world. Its famous ballroom annually hosts the peak-time BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing.

Blackpool Tower under construction. Circa 1892 - 1894