December 10, 1986:

Entertainer and comedian Russ Abbott, centre, larks around in rehearsals for the panto Jack and the Beanstalk at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

Alongside him are Windsor Davies, veteran of the BBC sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, and comic actress Bella Emberg, known for her roles in various comedy programmes including the Benny Hill Show.

Abbott was one of the most popular personalities of the 1980s with his own TV show. He first came to prominence in the 1970s as the singer and drummer with humorous band the Black Abbots.

December 2, 1976:

Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren gives a press conference after the punk band’s infamous interview with Manchester presenter Bill Grundy.

McLaren, 29, claimed the Sex Pistols were ‘set up’ by Grundy on the Today live TV show to swear and use profanities on air. Taking part in the programme were lead singer Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, bassist Glen Matlock and drummer Paul Cook.

The interview underlined the Sex Pistols’ notoriety and the arrival of punk rock, but effectively ended Grundy’s broadcasting career.

Malcolm mclaren

December 5, 1990:

The giant inflatable Santa on Manchester Town Hall looks a little deflated after being impaled on a sharp piece of masonry by strong winds.

Repairs were in order to restore the larger-than-life Father Christmas after he was left clinging to the clock tower.

Festivities for 2021 are now in full swing after last year’s lockdown. The Christmas Markets are open and will remain so until December 22nd.