Category: Hall Of Fame

Hylda Baker

Hylda Baker was a major music hall star before she found national fame as Nellie Pledge in Granada TV’s most successful sitcom Nearest and Dearest…

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Hall of Fame – David Gray

Life-long Manchester United supporter David Gray achieved world-wide fame when he released his smash-hit album White Ladder in 2000. Over his career, Gray has notched up 12 million album sales and has won two Ivor Novello awards and a Q award…

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Jack Rosenthal

Almost every Mancunian must have experienced and enjoyed the work of playwright and scriptwriter Jack Rosenthal. The life-long United supporter wrote 129 episodes of Coronation Street and more than 150 screenplays for film and TV, including London’s Burning, The Lovers and Bar Mitzvah Boy…

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Hall of Fame – John Spencer

Timing was everything in the career of former world snooker champion John Spencer. The Bury-born master of the green baize rose to fame just as snooker was taking off on British TV in the 1970s. He became a household name on the popular TV snooker programme Pot Black, along with Ray Reardon, Fred Davis and Dennis Taylor, and won a string of national and international events.

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Hall Of Fame – Melanie Sykes

You could say TV and radio presenter Melanie Sykes is as Manchester as Boddingtons Bitter or the Ashtonian Brass Band. And you’d be right! But did you also know – she played the baritone horn along with her father, mother and two sisters in a brass band?

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Hall of Fame – Mike Yarwood

As a lifelong mimic, Stockport entertainer Mike Yarwood did a pretty good impression of being a professional footballer. So good, in fact, that he almost pursued a career in the game instead of going into showbusiness and becoming one of the biggest stars of British TV in the 1960s and 70s.

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Hall Of Fame – Joe Brown

Ardwick climber Joe Brown became so famous in the 1960s that the Post Office would deliver letters to him simply addressed as ‘The Human Fly, UK.’ The world knew where to find him after a series of high-profile ascents in the Alps and Himalayas as well as a number of classic rock climbs in the UK…

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Hall Of Fame – Peter Butterworth

Few people will know that Bramhall-born Carry On star Peter Butterworth once used his acting skills to help an escape from a German prisoner of war camp. And not just any camp, but Stalag Luft III near Sagan – later immortalised in the film The Great Escape.

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Hall Of Fame – John Alcock

Manchester has a unique place in aviation history thanks to First World War hero and intrepid pilot Sir John William ‘Jack’ Alcock. As one half of the legendary duo Alcock and Brown, he made the first non-stop transatlantic flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Connemara, in June 1919.

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