June 11, 1971:

It’s not often you can go for a run through a waterway – but that’s exactly what happened when the depth of the Rochdale Canal was reduced to three inches for renovation work.

Youngsters at Ancoats were happy to play in the shallow stretch from Hulme Hall Lane to Failsworth.

Completed in 1804, the Rochdale Canal included 92 locks on its 32-mile course across the Pennines from the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield Basin in Manchester to Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire.

June 3, 1963:

The excitement of Manchester’s Whit Walks was all a bit too much for four-year-old Angela Lane as she waited to make her way home from Albert Square.

Along with her friends, she’d been taking part in the annual celebration which traces its roots to 1801 and the Sunday School movement.

Church leaders were concerned that children and their families who’d been working long hours in the city’s cotton mills shouldn’t spend their Whitsun Holiday involved in activities like drinking and gambling!


June 11, 1945:

Manchester sailors are photographed on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Lookout – a ship adopted by the civil community of Burnley in 1942.

The local crew members are, from left, Able Seaman E. Walton of Sale and Leading Seaman G. Head of Burnage. They were part of the ship’s radar team.

HMS Lookout was launched in November 1940 and saw action guarding Arctic convoys. The ship also rescued survivors from the torpedoed aircraft carrier HMS Eagle in August 1942.