November 24, 1931:

Pupils at Chetham’s School in Manchester get to sample the Christmas pudding mixture as the cook gets to work in the old ‘Norman’ kitchen.

It’s a classic yuletide scene as pots and pans bubble on the range and the school cat in the foreground.

Chetham’s School of Music was founded as a charity school by textile merchant Humphrey Chetham in 1653. It became a boys’ grammar school in 1952, then mixed making music its speciality.

November 7, 1986:

A huge Santa Claus and sleigh almost dwarf Manchester Town Hall as the building is illuminated for the annual Christmas lights’ switch-on. Crowds have gathered in Albert Square to witness the event.

Unfortunately Covid restrictions prevented any large gatherings this year, but the lights were turned on across the city to tie in with the formal launch of the Manchester Christmas Markets.

The main hub for the markets this year is Piccadilly Gardens. Attractions include a festive trail of spectacular light-up sculptures.

Manchester Town Hall Christmas Light Switch On

November 23, 1998:

Former Manchester United winger George Best reflects on his eventful football career during a visit to Bridgend, Wales.

One of the most gifted players of his generation, Best made 361 appearances for the Red Devils from 1963 to 1974, scoring 137 goals. At his peak, defenders found him almost unplayable.

Best, who won 37 senior caps for Northern Ireland, was a fashion icon in the 1960s and 70s – and was even nicknamed El Beatle!

George Best, ex footballer, pictured in Bridgend, Wales, in1998