Manchester in the 1950s is the focus for our popular nostalgia quiz this week. It was the decade that saw the rise of TV, the end of rationing and the birth of rock and roll.
Johnny Rae packed Belle Vue, Bob Monkhouse had them laughing in the aisles at the Palace Theatre and Bill Haley and the Comets breezed into town.
How well do you remember the 1950s in Manchester? It’s time to test your knowledge and compare your score with friends.
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Manchester United half-back Jackie Blanchflower, pictured serving ice-creams, opened a shop after his football career. How many league appearances did the Northern Ireland international make for the Red Devils?
American tennis ace Maureen Connolly played in the Northern Tennis Tournament at Didsbury in June 1952. How many times did she win the Wimbledon Ladies Singles title?
Bolton Wanderers’ centre forward Nat Lofthouse famously bundled Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg into the net when he helped his team to victory in the 1958 FA Cup Final. What was the final score?
Salford playwright Shelagh Delaney wrote her ground-breaking work A Taste of Honey in 1958. Which actress played alcoholic mother Helen in the 1961 film?
Which epic movie, widely shown in Manchester cinemas, won 11 Oscars in 1959?
World heavyweight boxing champion Ingemar Johansson flew into Ringway Airport in August 1958. Which boxer deprived him of his world title in June 1960?
Which Manchester City goalkeeper heroically played on with a broken bone in his neck when the Blues beat Birmingham City 3-1 in the 1956 FA Cup final?
Bob Monkouse, pictured, played Buttons in Cinderella at the Palace Theatre in 1958. Which highly popular game show did he host from 1967 to 1972?
American Rhythm and Blues singer Johnnie Ray packed Belle Vue in November 1956. He starred in only one movie, released in 1954, along with Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman and Donald O’Connor. What was the movie called?
John Mills filmed the movie Hobson’s Choice in Salford in 1953. Which author, born in Eccles, wrote the original play in 1916?
📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?