March 9, 1967:

Manchester band the Hollies line up at the ABC studios in Didsbury before filming their appearance on the TV show Doddy’s Music Box.

Formed in Autumn 1962 by childhood friends Allan Clarke and Graham Nash, the Hollies continuously made the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with hits like Carrie Anne, On a Carousel and I Can’t Let Go.

Doddy’s Music Box was broadcast from 1967 to 1968. Each episode ran for 45 minutes and featured a fast-paced mix of stand-up comedy, music and the occasional sketch.

Manchester-born disc jockey and TV personality David Hamilton acted as Dodd’s straight-man – and was quickly christened Diddy David!

March 14, 1984:

Pickets station themselves at the gates of Agecroft Colliery, Pendlebury, at the start of the 1984-5 national miners’ strike. Police are keeping a watchful eye.

The dispute lasted from March 6th 1984 until March 3rd 1985 as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) protested over the planned closure of pits throughout the UK.

Agecroft, opened in 1844, was eventually closed in March 1991. Demolition began later the same year.

Agecroft Colliery with a handful of pickets at the gate.
14th March 1984

March 15, 1959:

Stage and screen star Vivien Leigh takes a break from rehearsing in Manchester to pose for press photo-shoot.

She was appearing in the Noel Coward play The South Sea Bubble at the city’s Opera House. Watching her in rehearsals was her husband, acting legend Laurence Olivier.

Leigh won two Oscars – one for playing Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind and the other for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the 1951 film version of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Actress Vivien Leigh 15th March 1959.