July 3, 1970:

Busy King Street in central Manchester is clogged up with vehicles as vans make deliveries to traders and shops. Cars parked by roadside meters add to the congestion.

Once the centre of the North West banking industry, King Street is now a prime retail area. Buildings on the street included the former Town Hall which later became a library and then a bank.

The Town Hall façade was removed to Heaton Park in 1912.

July 6, 1978:

Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher comes face to face with industry when she watches workers operating a press in a Manchester factory.

She was in the city to support Tory candidate Thomas Murphy in the Moss Side by-election of July 13th. Murphy polled 10,998 votes but finished second to Labour candidate George Morton on 12,556 votes.

Standing for the Workers Revolutionary Party, and polling 394 votes, was actress Vanessa Redgrave. The by-election was held after the death of Labour MP Frank Hatton.

July 1, 1972:

Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney poses for a press photo during pre-season training at Old Trafford.

Stepney joined the Red Devils from Chelsea for a transfer fee of £55,000 in May 1966 and went on to make 433 league appearances for the club – even scoring two goals!

One of his greatest achievements was winning the European Cup with United in the 4-1 defeat of Benfica at Wembley. He made a memorable close-range save from Portuguese striker Eusebio on the night.