January 24, 1992:
It’s fizz and flowers for Middleton actress Julie Goodyear who plays landlady Bet Lynch on Granada TV soap Coronation Street.
After making her debut on the programme in 1966, Bet became a barmaid in the Rovers Return in 1970 and was the larger-than-life licensee from 1987 to 1995.
Bet’s beehive hairdo was voted the worst haircut in soap history in a survey conducted by the M.E.N. in April 2007!
January 24, 1984:
Yoko Ono and her son Sean fly into Manchester Airport before visiting husband John Lennon’s old haunts in Liverpool.
The couple called at 251 Menlove Avenue, Woolton – Lennon’s childhood home – and toured the Strawberry Field children’s home.
As a child, Lennon used to attend the home’s annual garden party. He frequently got into trouble for climbing the walls to play with the children inside.
The institution was immortalized in The Beatles’ single Strawberry Fields Forever.
January 27, 1996:
Long-serving BBC football commentator John Motson previews Manchester United’s Fourth Round FA Cup tie against Reading at Elm Park.
United triumphed 3-0 with goals from Ryan Giggs, Paul Parker and Eric Cantona.
It proved to be a remar/kable season for the Red Devils. They became the first English team to win the Double (league title and FA Cup) twice.
Salford-born Motson worked for the BBC for 50 years from 1968 to 2018.