January 26, 2000:

Bolton comedian and actor Peter Kay is pictured on the streets of his home town prior to the screening of his Channel 4 series That Peter Kay Thing later in the year.

The spoof documentary was filmed in and around Bolton and featured Kay on subjects as varied the popularity of ice-cream vans, working mens’ clubs and petrol service stations.

The Neptune Club in That Peter Kay Thing paved the way for the comic’s much acclaimed spin-off series Phoenix Nights.

Kay studied media performance at the University of Salford before being nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1998.

January 24, 1967:

Singer Sandie Shaw relaxes at the ABC TV studios in Dickenson Road, Manchester, before appearing on the weekly show Doddy’s Music Box.

Later in the year, Shaw would become the first British singer to win the Eurovision Song Contest with her rendition of Puppet on a String. It went to Number One in the UK singles charts.

The TV Times described Doddy’s Music Box as ‘a tattyphilarious session of laughter with songs’ featuring Liverpudlian comedian Ken Dodd and leading pop guests.

The voice-over was provided by disc jockey David Hamilton, nicknamed Diddy David by Dodd.

Sandie Shaw appears on the ABC Television Show ‘Doddy’s Music Box.’ The show is filmed in Didsbury, Manchester. 24th January 1967.

Janauary 23, 1959:

Women workers photographed at the bench of a Manchester electronics factory.

Throughout the 1950s, there had been a steady rise of women returning to part-time employment once their children were at school.

Pictured left to right are Olive Birchell, Minnie Slater, Louise Johnson, Elizabeth Yearn and Lucy Taylor.

Woman workers in a Manchester electronics factory L-R Olive Birchall, Miss Minnie Slater, Louie Johnson, Elizabeth Yearn and Miss Lucy Taylor
January 1959