Category The Press

Queen Victoria, Manchester and a Ship Canal

It was in October 1851that Manchester first welcomed Queen Victoria to the region – the first monarch for 150 or so years – and both Manchester and Salford went to great lengths to host a memorable event. The escort for the royal party included a Guard of Honour of the Yeoman Cavalry who accompanied them […]

A strange 20th century story begins

There are many, still unanswered, questions in Britain’s history. The story I am beginning today is just one of them.  I use the word ‘beginning’ because the end has yet to be confirmed! The story starts when the Russian Sverdlov class cruiser ‘Ordzhonikidze’ brought Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin on a diplomatic mission to Britain.  […]

It’s best to drive carefully

Can you trust what you read?  No – don’t answer that!  I was reading through my Chambers Book of Days’ – dinner was a while yet – when I came across an entry that told me that, on  Saturday 25th February 1899,‘The first driver to die in a car accident was one F R Sewell, […]

BBC Breakfast Time begins

On Monday last, 17th January 1983, the very first ‘Breakfast Time’ morning broadcast had been introduced to the nation.  Presented by Frank Bough and Selina Scott, with additional involvement by Nick Ross and Russell Grant, the atmosphere of the set was intended to encourage a relaxed informality – a living-room rather than a studio with […]