December 2, 1991:
Chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association Gordon Taylor arrives in Manchester to promote John Harding’s book For the Good of the Game.
The long-serving PFA boss, much in the news at the moment, wrote the introduction to the book which charted the history of the players’ union.
Taylor, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, made 258 league appearances for Bolton Wanderers from 1962 to 1970. He scored 41 goals.
He has been chairman of the PFA since 1981.
December 7, 1982:
Italian actress Sophia Lorena arrives in Manchester for a press conference at the Piccadilly Hotel.
The international film star was in the city to publicise her new perfume brand after a difficult year. In May she was jailed for 18 days in Naples for failing to pay tax – an error she blamed on her accountant.
She was cleared of all charges by Italy’s supreme court in 2013.
It’s a little-known fact that Loren turned down the role of Alexis Carrington in the TV series Dynasty. The part was then famously played by Joan Collins.
December 3, 1961:
A child looks on as a housewife is busy ‘stoning’ the steps of her house in Nelson Street, Manchester.
Many of the city’s back-to-back terraces were like little palaces as people took a real pride in their homes, cleaning away the smoke and grime from the factory chimneys.
It was a time when many streets were being pulled down with communities being relocated to corporation flats and housing estates.