November 1, 1982:

If it’s November it must be time for Christmas decorations at Lewis’s department store in Manchester during the 1980s.

Tinsel is strewn in abundance as the store gears up for the Yuletide shopping rush. No doubt parents would be searching for the top toy of the year – it was My Little Pony in 1982.

Rubik’s cube was Number One in 1980, followed by the Smurfs in 1981. In 1983 it was the turn of Cabbage Patch dolls with Transformers the big craze for 1984.

November 1, 1982:

Manchester United midfielder Norman Whiteside relaxes after signing professional forms at the age of 17 to become a key member of manager Ron Atkinson’s team.

The Northern Ireland international went on to make 278 league and cup appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 68 goals, before transferring to Everton in 1989.

He won the FA Cup twice with United and became the youngest player to take part in a FIFA World Cup. He was also the youngest player to score in an FA Cup and League Cup final as well as being the youngest footballer to score a senior goal for United.

Manchester United footballer Norman Whiteside

November 11, 1983:

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Michael Taylor, welcomes a very special guest to switch on the city’s Christmas lights.

It’s none other than Mickey Mouse, fresh from the Walt Disney studios.

At the time, Disney were looking for sites for their Euro-Disney theme park. It eventually opened near Paris nine years later in 1992.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Michael Taylor and Mickey Mouse