February 23, 1974:
Altrincham and Sale MP Anthony Barber looks like he’s got his work cut out trying to convince this Manchester voter a week ahead of the General Election on February 28th.
Barber, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in Edward Heath’s Tory cabinet, held on to his seat with 26,434 votes. Liberal candidate Desmond Blackburn was second with 17,738.
The Tories fared less well nationally. A hung parliament led to Heath’s resignation after he was unable to form a coalition government.
Barber did not stand in the October 1974 General Election. Labour won an overall majority of just three seats.
February 24, 1970:
The Manchester cast of the musical Hair rehearse for their opening night at the Palace Theatre.
Making his stage debut was Paul Barber, pictured top, who was best known for playing Denzil in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
He also played Horse in the 1997 award-winning British movie The Full Monty. Barber appeared most recently on TV as homeless heart patient Ernest Maxwell in the BBC medical drama Casualty.
February 19, 1959:
A precious cargo makes its way from Bolton to London’s Euston station in the careful hands of two officials.
Inside the case was the FA Cup, being returned to Wembley for cleaning ahead of the 1959 Final.
Bolton Wanderers won the Cup in 1958 beating Manchester United 2-0.
It was a remarkable achievement for United even to reach Wembley after their team had been devastated by the Munich air crash.