June 1, 1980:
Coronation Street creator and screenwriter Tony Warren puts some finishing touches to another script at his typewriter.
Born in Pendlebury in July 1936, Warren’s real name was Anthony McVay Simpson. He adopted Warren as a stage name in his early acting career.
Granada’s Coronation Street, first broadcast in December 1960, was based on Salford’s Archie Street. It is now the world’s longest-running soap having reached its 10,000th episode on February 7th 2020.
June 2, 1964:
British tennis ace Christine Truman wraps up against the cold at the Northern Lawn Tennis Tournament at Didsbury.
Torrential rain and bitterly cold winds stopped all play and even practice sessions. It was so wet that the courts weren’t even marked out!
Truman took the singles title at the French Open in 1959 and was a Wimbledon finalist in 1961. She also helped Britain win the Wightman Cup against the USA in 1958, 1960 and 1968.
May 29, 1968:
Exhausted Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton just about manages to hold on to the European Cup after an energy-sapping final against Benfica at Wembley.
United defeated the Portuguese champions 4-1 after extra time on a humid night in north London. Charlton scored twice with the other goals coming from George Best and Brian Kidd.
Standing next to Charlton is goalkeeper Alec Stepney, who made two crucial saves before the end of normal time. Stepney was applauded on the pitch by Benfica striker and Portuguese legend Eusebio.