June 3, 1971:

Coronation Street stars had to learn new skills when the series added a mail-order warehouse to its Granada set.

The fictional distribution centre, across the road from the Rovers Return, was owned by Mark Brittain and employed a number of cast regulars from 1971 to 1975.

Granada TV imported checkers from Great Universal Stores to give the cast first-hand tips. Helping William Roache (Ken Barlow) learn the ropes is 20-year-old Sheila Howe.

The warehouse and a new community centre replaced the maisonettes demolished after the fire which claimed the life of Valerie Barlow, played by Anne Reid.


June 9, 1972:

Ground staff at Old Trafford are busy preparing the wicket for the First Test between England and Australia in the 1972 Ashes series.

Ray Illingworth’s team won the Ashes by two test matches to nil in Australia in 1970/1 and were keen to hold on to the coveted urn.

England’s cricketers went on to win the Old Trafford test by 89 runs but the overall series ended in a 2-2 draw. England therefore retained the Ashes.

Australian tour of Great Britain for the Ashes.
First test match at Old Trafford between England and Australia.
Preparing the field.
9th June 1972.


June 7, 1983:

There were unusual sights over the skies of Manchester when the space shuttle Enterprise made a low-level flypast.

The spacecraft was piggybacking a NASA 747 Jumbo Jet when it swept in from the Heald Green area at 600ft as part of a UK tour.

After a slow glide down the route of the runway, the impressive shuttle combo slowly climbed to 1,000ft for a flight over the city.

Enterprise never actually flew into space; it was used purely as a test vehicle.

Space Shuttle Enterprise, piggy back on a NASA 747 Jumbo Jet, flies over Manchester Airport at 11 o’clock, sweeping in from Heard Green Area at 600ft. After a slow glide down the route of the runway, the shuttle slowly climbed up to 1000ft and was gone into the cloud for it’s flight over the city, 7th June 1983.