October 23, 1978:
Comedy duo Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball make a return trip to the Crane Fruehauf factory in Oldham where they first met as welders in the 1960s.
The duo started their showbiz career singing on Manchester’s pub and club circuit before making it big on TV. They only switched to comedy when someone said they could earn an extra £3 a night as comics!
Crane Fruehauf was part of a tradition of structural and mechanical engineering in Oldham that sprang out of the textile industry in the 18th and 19th centuries.
October 10, 1964:
Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home is on the election trail in Stockport, much to the delight of the woman supporter standing next to his car.
In spite of the warm welcome, Conservative leader Douglas-Home was narrowly defeated in the General Election of October 15th 1964. Labour, under Harold Wilson, won 317 seats to the Conservatives’ 304. The Liberals, under Jo Grimond, returned nine MPs to Parliament.
Douglas-Home resigned the party leadership in July 1965, but later served in the Edward Heath’s cabinet.
October 10, 1958:
Bolton Wanderers’ right back Ray Hartle lines up for a portrait picture during the 1958-9 football season.
After winning the FA Cup the previous season, Bolton battled hard in the First Division to finish fourth with 50 points. They were tied on points with Arsenal who had a better goal difference.
Hartle joined Bolton as a 16-year-old from Bromsgrove Rovers. He made 447 appearances for the club from 1952 to 1966, scoring 11 goals. He also played briefly for Buxton and New York Generals before becoming chief scout at Bury.