April 3, 1960:

Old meets new in Salford as back-to-back terraces make way for multi-storey flats in extensive slum-clearance programmes.

High-rise blocks, far from being an ideal solution to housing needs, often turned out to be a nightmare for tenants. Communal areas became litter traps and lifts constantly failed.

Close communities were ripped apart too as neighbours, friends and extended families were scattered. Children playing together in the street had fewer opportunities to meet in the new blocks.

Slum housing in Salford

April 14, 1968:

Urmston actress Eileen Derbyshire, famous for playing Emily Bishop in Coronation Street, chats to Graham Haberfield (Jerry Booth) at the Rovers Return.

The pair were being photographed as part of an M.E.N. feature on the Coronation Street set at Granada studios.

Derbyshire played Emily for more than half a century from 1961 to 2016, making her the longest-serving female cast member of a British TV soap opera. Her achievement earned her the MBE in 2010.

Coronation Street on Set

April 13, 1990:

An aerial view of Strangeways Prison in Manchester during the 25-day riot and rooftop protest that broke out on April 1st. It turned out to be the longest prison riot in British penal history.

Inmates first took control of the chapel, and then the riot quickly spread through most of the prison. It ended on April 25th when the final five prisoners were removed from the rooftop.

One prisoner was killed, and 147 officers and 47 inmates were injured. Much of the prison was damaged with repairs costing £55 million.

Slum housing in Salford