May 5, 1982

The Queen watches intently as the computerised digital retrieval system at the John Rylands Library on Deansgate is put through its paces.

Conducting the demonstration is library assistant Alison Morris.

Part of the University of Manchester Library, the John Rylands Library was opened to the public in 1900. It is home to many rare literary works, including personal papers and letters written by novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.

During their visit to Manchester, the Queen and Prince Philip also toured the Coronation Street set at Granada TV studios.

May 15, 1968

You wouldn’t recognise it from this angle, but the other side of this flimsy looking structure is one of the most familiar streets in the world.

This was the rear view of Coronation Street’s new outside set, unveiled eight years after the soap’s launch in December 1960. Previously, all interior and exterior shots were filmed inside Granada TV studios.

The set was constructed on railway sidings near the studios. Its unveiling coincided with the TV storyline of demolishing Elliston’s raincoat factory and the Mission Hall to build maisonettes.

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May 3, 1964:

Manchester band Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders pose for a press photo before recording the ABC television show Thank Your Lucky Stars.

Fontana is in front with, from left, Eric Stewart, Bob Lang and Rick Rothwell. Stewart went on to form 10cc in 1972.

The Mindbenders’ biggest hits were Game of Love, which topped the charts in 1965, and A Groovy Kind of Love, which reached No. 2 in 1966.