May 10, 1938

Salford captain Gus Risman arrives at Manchester’s London Road station after winning the Rugby League Challenge Cup at Wembley.

Salford beat Barrow 7-4 in a closely fought game and were back at Wembley the next year, this time losing the final 20-3 to Halifax.

Alongside Risman is manager Lance Todd who died in a car crash in November 1942.

New Zealander Todd’s achievements as a player, manager and radio commentator led to the Lance Todd Trophy being named after him.

The trophy is awarded to the man of the match at every Challenge Cup final.


May 8, 1953

Hot dog! The latest word in fast-food sales pedalled on to the streets of Manchester in the shape of brightly painted carts.

The mobile set-ups included fumeless heating units to keep the sausages warm and a basin for the seller to wash his hands before making the hotdogs!

The tricycles became familiar sights at night and at local events. Our cart was pictured on the Manchester Central Station forecourt.


May 2, 1956

Lights, camera, action! Nothing is left to chance on the day before Granada TV studios goes live for the very first time.

Making sure every system is checked – and double-checked – in the Quay Street studio is Granada founder Sidney Bernstein.

The first night featured the variety programme London Salutes Lancashire with Arthur Askey, Bob Monkhouse, Pat Kirkwood and Lena Horne.

American writer and broadcaster Quentin Reynolds hosted Meet The People, which included interviews with studio staff and celebrities.

It was said Reynolds was a little inebriated on the night and had to sober up before the broadcast!