October 9th 1968:
No petrol here! The Queen’s Road filling station in Trafford Park is one of many affected by industrial disputes putting a stop to fuel deliveries – as the home-made sign makes clear!
The second-hand car business may still have been going strong as the garage is advertising to buy used cars for cash as well as settling any outstanding HP (hire purchase) payments on each vehicle.
October 1st 1936:
England international and Manchester United football legend Duncan Edwards was born this day in Dudley, West Midlands.
The left-half, who was the lynchpin of Matt Busby’s inspirational young team of the mid-1950s, was considered by many the finest footballer of his generation.
He played only 177 matches for United and won 18 caps for England before his life was cut short at the age of 21 in the Munich air disaster of February 1958.
Former England manager Terry Venables said that, had he lived, it would have been Edwards and not Bobby Moore who lifted the World Cup as England captain in 1966.
October 13th 1964:
Screaming fans greet the Beatles on their appearance at the ABC cinema in Wigan.
The Fab Four were in the middle of their Hard Day’s Night tour, playing six songs at each venue from the LP of the same name recorded in July.
By this time, Beatlemania was at its height and much of the band’s performance was drowned out by the screams, cries and shouts of hysterical fans.
Paul McCartney in particular tried to address the audience between numbers, often singing off the cuff from the stage.