February 7 1947:

Conditions look almost Dickensian in this Manchester inner city schoolroom shortly after the end of World War II.

Children are crammed together, presumably for warmth in the freezing winter, as the teacher supervises reading from text books. What looks like a light bulb is perched precariously on the teacher’s desk.

The winter of 1947 was one of the harshest on record. Power supplies were disrupted and animals starved to death or froze in the fields. The return of warm weather then led to flooding as the widespread ice thawed.

February 8 1973:

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, chats to students staging an anti-apartheid demonstration outside the University of Salford.

The Duke was appointed the university’s first Chancellor in February 1967 when the Queen handed over the institution’s Royal Charter. He remained in post until 1991 and continues to take a keen interest in university affairs.

At the start of his visit, Prince Philip was welcomed to Manchester at Piccadilly Station by the Lord Mayor Alderman Edward Grant.

Prince Philip

February 8 1986:

He’s more familiar as a football manager now, but back in 1986 Mick McCarthy was a central defender for Manchester City.

He’s pictured playing for the Blues in a 2-0 league victory over Queen’s Park Rangers at Maine Road. McCarthy made 140 league appearances for City from 1983 to 1987, scoring two goals.

After hanging up his boots in 1992, McCarthy has managed Millwall, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ipswich Town, APOEL Nicosia, Cardiff City and the Republic of Ireland twice.

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