May 14th 2003:

Singer Craig David takes the stage at the Manchester Arena as one of the headline acts of the 2003 Pepsi Silver Clef Concert.

The event, in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and the Brit Trust, was billed as featuring the cream of British music talent.

Bands and artists taking part included Busted, Mis-Teeq, Javine, Blue and Atomic Kitten.

Craig David has been nominated for no less than 13 Brit Awards but has never won. He has fared better in the Ivor Novello Awards, winning three in 2001 for the songs 7 Days and Woman Trouble.


May 15th 1969:

Salford Red Devils rugby league team inspect the pitch at Wembley before their Challenge Cup Final match against Castleford.

Surveying the hallowed turf are chairman Brian Snape, captain David Watkins and coach Griff Jenkins.

Unfortunately Salford were edged out in the final 11-6.

Watkins joined the club in October 1967 for a record fee of Β£15,000. He scored in 92 consecutive matches from August 1972 to April 1974.


May 13th 1965:

Singer and actress Francoise Hardy is in Manchester to film Top of the Pops at the BBC studios in Dickenson Road, Rusholme.

She took time out from rehearsals to pose for a photo-session in Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield.

Hardy recorded in several languages and appeared in a string of movies in the 1960s. She also became a successful model under the guidance of photographer Jean-Marie Perier.