July 21, 1913:
Women from the National Union of Suffrage Societies, the organisation founded by Margaret Ashton, march through Manchester on their way to London from Carlisle.
Ashton was the first woman to run for election to Manchester City Council – and in 1908 became councillor for Manchester Withington.
She sat on the council’s public health committee, promoting mother and baby clinics and free milk for babies and new mothers. In 1914 she founded the Manchester Babies Hospital with Dr Catherine Chisholm.
Ashton is featured in First in the Fight, a new book commemorating Manchester’s radical women with stunning images by local artists. It goes on sale in the autumn. For more details, go to inostalgia.co.uk.
July 20, 1972:
Mill workers from Manila give a display of national dancing in the cobbled streets of Rochdale. By the early 1970s, their numbers were dwindling.
High levels of imports were having a severe effect on Manchester’s textile industry. Since 1959, the total labour force in cotton and allied textiles had fallen from 240,000 to 88,000.
The number of spindles had dropped from 17.5 million to 2.7 million with imports running at 60 per cent of home consumption in the first six months of 1974.
The days of Manchester as ‘Cottonopolis’ were long past.
July 20, 1993:
Manchester band Take That are back in their home city to perform at the G-MEX centre as part of their 19-date UK Party tour.
Formed in 1989, the original Take That line-up was Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams.
The band have achieved 12 Number One singles and eight Number One albums in the UK alone, and have received no less than eight Brit Awards.