The Palace Theatre, Manchester 1944 and 1945 and Peace in the World!!

1944 saw the historic DD landings, the Americans, British, Chinese, French and Soviet representatives met to plan the foundation of the United Nations. The Japanese surrender in Burma. Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler escaped from Auschwitz concentration camp; in the April and then prepared the Vrba–Wetzler report, one of the earliest and most detailed descriptions of the extermination of Jews in the...

The Palace Theatre, Manchester 1943. Mussolini is arrested and American GI’s in England

News of the World War Two 1943 1943 saw the first “Bevin Boys” being conscripted to work in the coal mines.  The pigeons White Vision, Winkie and Tyke become the first recipients of the Dickin Medal, which was to honour the work of animals in war. Labour Minister Ernest Bevin announced that women from 19 to 50 would be called for work in aircraft and munitions...

Freemasons, ‘Rimmel’Makeup and Cocoa drinks all at a Manchester theatre in 1877

  Freemasonary In 1877 The ‘De Trafford Club’, which was the home of the East Lancashire Provincial Masonic Lodge put on their 21st annual Performance.  Luckily I discovered this programme at Manchester Central Library Archives+ when I was cataloging their theatre programmes and playbills. The ‘De Trafford Club’ was established in 1856 as is one of the earliest Provincial Masonic...