July 17 1992:

It’s not every day you see the Queen taking the window seat on a tram, but that was the sight that greeted delighted well-wishers at St Peter’s Square.

She was travelling with Councillor Jack Flanagan after officially opening the Metrolink lines linking Bury, Altrincham and Manchester city centre.

The first street-level trams started running between Victoria and G-Mex in April 1992. The network now stretches to 65 miles of track and 99 stops – making it the UK’s most extensive light railway.

July 21 1973:

Young England cricket captain David Lloyd, left, and West Indies skipper Rohan Kanhai, right, learn that no play would be possible for the day at Old Trafford.

Delivering the sad news is Lancashire County Cricket Club Secretary Jack Wood. The match against Young England in Manchester was a warm-up to the three-match Test series which the West Indies won 2-0.

Born in Accrington, David Lloyd played county cricket for Lancashire from 1965 to 1983 and One-Day International cricket for the senior England team. He was also a semi-professional footballer for Accrington Stanley.

David Lloyd with Jack Wood and Rohan Kanhai

July 13 1972:

A party of schoolchildren wait their turn to enter the ‘pit’ exhibit at the Buile Hill Park museum in Salford.

Built in 1827 as the home of Sir Thomas Potter, the first Lord Mayor of Manchester, Buile Hall became the home of the Lancashire Mining Museum in the 1950s.

It was announced that the museum would be closed in 2000.

Child museum day trip 1972