This Week – Workers on Strike in Rusholme
MARCH 25TH 1943
Youngsters make an impromptu swing out of a lamppost on the corner of a Manchester street during the Second World War.
A pram is parked on the pavement while a group of children patiently wait their turn.
It’s a wonderful image of simple pleasures, human spirit and initiative at the darkest of times.
MARCH 25TH 1957
Workers from the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) queue up for strike pay at the union’s headquarters in Rusholme Road, All Saints.
Manchester, like the rest of the country, was in the grip of a national shipbuilding and engineering dispute over pay and conditions.
By April 6th, it was estimated that nearly three million workers were on strike.
MARCH 24TH 1965
Gimme Shelter! The Rolling Stones were forced to take refuge in Granada TV studios after fans mobbed the band when they tried to leave.
Pictured peering out of the window are, from left, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Curly Watts.
The Stones had played the Palace Theatre a few days earlier on one of 11 tours in a hectic year for the group.
MARCH 30TH 1965
Manchester group Freddie and the Dreamers try out the local transport as they reach Singapore on their 1965 World Tour.
Lead singer Freddie Garrity provides the pedal power while Derek Quinn enjoys the ride. Also pictured are, from left, Roy Crewdson, Bernie Dwyer and Pete Birrell.
The band were at the height of their popularity in the mid-1960s with four UK Top Ten hits, including You Were Made for Me in November 1963.
MARCH 29TH 1988
Ulster and United soccer legend George Best goes back to Belfast with son Calum to attend a Gala Evening for the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association.
Also present were Best’s former manager Sir Matt Busby, who was then club president, and former team-mate Paddy Crerand.
Best made 361 appearances for United scoring 137 goals.
His final competitive football match was for Northern Irish team Tobermore United in 1984.
MARCH 31ST 1996
United manager Alex Ferguson hugs captain Eric Cantona following victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park.
The Red Devils won 2-1 with goals from Andy Cole and David Beckham and went on to beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Wembley final. Cantona was the scorer.
The fiery Frenchman, who had returned from an eight month suspension in October, ended up being the club’s top scorer with 19 goals in all competitions.
United also secured the Premier League title on the last day of the season, becoming the first English club to win the Double twice.