July 5, 1973:

Actress Joanne Lumley is unveiled as Ken Barlow’s new romantic interest in Coronation Street.

She played Elaine Perkins, the daughter of Bessie Street School head-teacher Wilfred Perkins, and enjoyed a few friendly dates with Ken (William Roache).

Elaine found Weatherfield a little slow-paced after London and the fledgling romance soon petered out as Ken started to get jealous of her former boyfriends.

Lumley was in the soap for a month from July 23 to August 15.

Actress Joanna Lumley pictured on the set of Coronation Street. 5th July 1973.


July 5, 1964:

Gerry Marsden, lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers, films the movie Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey on location at Manchester Airport.

The group played art students whose instruments got lost at the airport just as they were about to enter a vital talent contest.

Marsden wrote nine songs for the movie, including the title track and UK Top Ten Hit Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey.

Also appearing in the film were The Fourmost, Cilla Black and Julie Samuel.

Filming of the United Artists film “Ferry cross The Mersey” with Liverpudlian pop group Gerry and the Pacemakers at Manchester airport. 5th July 1964.


July 2, 1951:

Hippos Nick and Tony were a major attraction at Belle Vue Zoo in the 1950s.

Adept at working the crowd, they were experienced cadgers. Their keepers used to feed them whole loaves of bread!

The hippos’ outdoor pool was originally constructed in 1906. It was used by the animals until the new Tropical River House was built at a cost of £65,000 in 1969.

You would not think that a hippopotamus, with its cavernous, leathery, creaking jaws, could put a pleading expression on its face. But Nick and Tony, of Belle Vue, Manchester, have had long experience of begging for food. July 1951.