September 19 1995:
Coronation Street actress Thelma Barlow is surrounded by flowers as she launches a Manchester event for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Barlow played kind-hearted Mavis Wilton for 26 years on the Granada-produced TV soap. She joined Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Fairclough, in The Kabin newsagents in 1973.
Her final episode was broadcast on October 10th 1997 when her character Mavis moved to the Lake District with her on-screen husband Derek (Peter Baldwin).
Barlow went on to appear with Victoria Wood in the BBC TV sitcom Dinnerladies from 1998 to 2000.
September 21 1968:
Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney looks on anxiously as defensive midfielder Nobby Stiles heads the ball away from a corner.
The Red Devils were playing Newcastle at Old Trafford in an eagerly anticipated First Division encounter. United eventually won 3-1 with two goals from George Best and one from Denis Law.
United finished 11th in the league with 42 points; Newcastle were 9th with 44.
Manager Matt Busby stepped down at the end of the season after 24 years as manager to be replaced by Wilf McGuinness. He lasted a year and a half before Busby returned as manager for another six months.
September 20 1952:
Manchester’s Belle Vue zoo unveils its latest arrival – baby giraffe Elizabeth.
The first giraffes arrived at the zoo in 1871 to be followed by Maharajah the elephant in 1872.
Belle Vue was the first privately financed zoo in England. In its heyday, it was the third largest zoo in the UK.