August 12, 1946:
Riders enjoy the high-speed thrills of the Bobs roller coaster at Belle Vue amusement park and zoo.
The Bobs, so-called because it cost an old shilling to ride, was one of the park’s premier attractions along with the water chute and dodgems.
Cars on the popular roller coaster travelled at 60 miles per hour down an 80 foot drop, which was angled at 45 degrees.
The ride’s distinctive white-painted wooden structure was a prominent feature on the Belle Vue skyline for many years.
August 11, 1965:
Newly appointed assistant manager Malcolm Allison sits on the Manchester City bench for the first time during a pre-season friendly at Maine Road.
Manager Joe Mercer remained in the stands as Allison bawled out commands to the players.
The Mercer-Allison partnership was one of the most successful in City’s history. The pair won the First Division title in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969 and both the League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970.
Allison joined City from Plymouth Argyle after coaching at Bath and Toronto City.
August 15, 1985:
Larger-than-life comedian Bernard Manning shows off his personalised car number plates I LAF and BJM I outside his own Embassy Club in Harpurhey, Manchester.
Manning’s fame was starting to tail off in the mid-1980s after the comic became a household name on TV shows The Comedians and The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club in the 1970s.
Born in Ancoats, Manning left school at the age of 14 to join his father’s greengrocery business.
He guarded Nazi war criminals at Spandau Prison just after World War II and sang and told jokes to fellow soldiers to pass the time.