October 9, 1968:

Traffic has deserted the Queen’s Road filling station on Trafford Park as industrial disputes put a stop to fuel deliveries.
The home-made sign makes it clear why petrol supplies have run out.
As well as missing out on fuel, motorists lost their chance to collect treble Green Shield stamps. Introduced in 1958, the stamps could be exchanged for goods from catalogues and shops. People spent hours sticking them into album books!
The stamps became so popular in the 1960s and 1970s that they were even mentioned in pop songs!

October 13, 2008:

England’s Rugby League team fly out of Manchester Airport for the World Cup tournament in Australia.
Pictured at the check-in are, from left, players Jon Wilkin, Gareth Ellis, Danny McGuire and Lee Smith.
England reached the semi-final where they lost 32-22 to eventual winners New Zealand. McGuire scored two tries in the hard-fought match.


October 10, 1959:

Dinner jacket and shorts were the unlikely combination to catch the eye at this Manchester fashion show, along with Bavarian beer steins and ski jackets.
Textiles were still a major part of Manchester industry in the 1950s. Throughout the decade, textile output was worth £60m a year.
But signs of decline were starting to show as the loss of world markets, especially India, began to take effect.
By 1955, Indian imports to the UK exceeded UK exports to India.