November 9, 1974:

Singer and actor David Essex relaxes after playing Manchester Free Trade Hall as part of his nationwide tour.

Essex notched up two UK Number One singles during the 1970s – Gonna Make You a Star in 1974 and Hold Me Close in 1975. He also appeared in the musicals That’ll Be the Day in 1973 and its sequel Stardust a year later.

In 1978, he played Che in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original production of the musical Evita. His version of the show’s song Oh What a Circus went to No. 3 in the charts.

November 5, 1965:

Cilla Black relaxes between shots while filming The Beatles Spectacular at Manchester’s Granada studios. She’s even sporting a Beatles’ hair-do for the occasion.

Two singles by Black – Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World – reached the top of the UK charts in 1964. In fact, Anyone Who Had a Heart proved to be the biggest-selling single of any female artist in the 1960s.

Black went on to become a successful TV presenter with her own show Cilla from 1968 to 1976 as well as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise in the 1980s and 1990s.

Cilla Black

November 5, 1965:

Manchester youngsters look forward to Bonfire Night before an organised celebration.

The tradition of Bonfire Night celebrates the failure of Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th 1605.

An effigy of the leading conspirator, Guy Fawkes, is often burned on the fire.

Bonfire Night