July 26, 1965

The stars of the new musical Passion Flower Hotel pose for a press photo before its world premiere at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
The leading actresses are, from left, Francesca Annis, Pauline Collins and Jean Muir.
The two-act comedy was written by Wolf Mankowitz and Trevor Peacock, with music by John Barry.
Based on the novel by Rosalind Erskine, the musical told the story of life in a girls’ school and their efforts to meet boys from a neighbouring college.
It played at the Palace until August 24th when it transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. The show closed on New Year’s Day 1966 after 148 performances.


July 23, 1968

Actor Bill Kenwright, who plays Gordon Clegg in Coronation Street, strums his guitar outside the corner shop before singing his new single on the TV soap.
The song, entitled Love’s Black and White, featured in episode 794 on July 24th. Clegg sang it to characters Lucille Hewitt (Jennifer Moss) and Emily Nugent (Eileen Derbyshire).
They joined in with the chorus and Lucille even remarked: ‘You ought to make a record of that!’
Unfortunately the single failed to chart.

Actor Bill Kenwright who plays Gordon Clegg in the television soap opera Cornation Street, poses in the famous street with his guitar shortly before the release of his new record which he will sing on the programme.


July 25, 1973

Manchester City midfielder Alan Oakes looks forward to the 1973-4 football season after reporting back for training at Maine Road.
Oakes played a record 776 Football League matches for City after joining as an amateur in 1958.
He won numerous honours at the club including the European Cup Winners’ Cup, the FA Cup, League Cup and First Division championship.
City ended the 1973-4 season finishing 14th in the First Division. They lost the League Cup Final 2-1 to Wolves.

Alan Oakes, Manchester City football player. July 1973