June 9, 1977:
Punk band The Stranglers play Manchester’s Electric Circus on their nationwide tour. On bass is John-Jacques Burnel with Hugh Cornwell on guitar and vocals.
The Stranglers’ first album, Rattus Norvegicus, had been released in May. It reached No. 4 in the UK charts and went platinum.
Their second album, No More Heroes, peaked at No. 2 in September 1977 and went gold. The iconic title track, widely regarded as a punk classic, reached No. 8 in the UK singles chart.
The Stranglers also performed a gig at Belle Vue in October 1977.
June 1, 1969:
Talk about David and Goliath! Two-year-old David Edwards, of Park Street, Heaton Park, looks up in awe at 6ft 11ins wrestler Jean Ferre.
The French man-mountain, later known as Andre the Giant, had just arrived at Manchester airport to compete in various bouts in the UK. He was already European champion at the age of 23.
Ferre played Fezzik, the gigantic wrestler from Greenland, in the 1987 film The Princess Bride.
Famous for his many fights with Hulk Hogan, Ferre was inducted into the World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame in 1993.
June 8, 1960:
Manchester’s annual Whit Walks are thirsty work – so an ice cream was just the ticket for these three girls.
But which one to choose? Walls sold ice cream tubs at four old pence each and choc ices for three pence. Lollies and cornets were also available.
Whit Walks are still popular today. Each year, processions of white-clad children led by brass bands and drums head through the city to a brief Anglican service in Albert Square.
The first walk took place in 1801. Its main aim was to distract people from the nearby races held at the same time.