September 8, 1963:
Manchester band Freddie and the Dreamers lark about backstage after a concert at the Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth.
The group’s line-up was Freddie Garrity, centre, with Roy Crewdson, Pete Birrell, Derek Quinn and Bernie Dwyer.
Crumpsall-born Garrity was famous for his flailing arms and high jumps during the band’s energetic stage performances. He even had a dance named after him – The Freddie!
The group’s hits included You Were Made for Me and I’m Telling You Now, both released in 1963.
September 5, 1971:
Showbiz stars of the 1970s hold a party to mark the 70th anniversary of Dame Cicely Courtneidge’s first ever stage appearance at the Prince’s Theatre, Manchester.
The well-known actress played the fairy Peaseblossom in the 1901 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was eight years old at the time.
The party, hosted by impresario Peter Saunders, included guests Arthur Askey, Danny La Rue and Peggy Mount.
Born in Australia in 1893, Courtneidge and her family came to England in 1894. She appeared in a number of films during the 1930s, including The Ghost Train in 1931 and Everybody Dance in 1936.
September 6, 1975:
Manchester City forward Rodney Marsh runs at the West Ham defence during the teams’ First Division meeting at Upton Park.
Marsh’s work was in vain as City lost 1-0. The Blues fared better during the rest of the season, finishing in eighth place with 43 points as well as winning the League Cup Final 2-1 against Newcastle United.
Marsh made 118 league appearances for City from 1972 to 1976, scoring 36 goals.