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A Helping of History - 17/09/2019

A Helping of History - 17/09/2019

Playing tracks by

The Drifters, Eddie Cochran, Cliff Richard, Lee Dorsey, Lesley Gore and more.

On last week’s show I told the story of a mob of fortune-tellers and mediums that descended on Alkrington in January 1842. Mostly, I was interested in the Manchester Courier‘s investigation into the techniques employed by these suspicious characters. However this meant I didn’t get chance to talk much about the incident that provoked this sudden craze: the singular disappearance of the old man from Jumbo.

On this week’s show, I’m going to return to this story and share a bit more information about this sad story. It doesn’t have a happy ending, so I thought it would be fitting to share the conclusion. I don’t know a lot about the missing man, but I’ll be talking about what I’ve found out about him and the world of Jumbo (later Middleton Junction) where he lived.

In addition to this, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers (where you can find out about ‘The Chocolate Code’).

Listen every Tuesday from 12-2pm, North Manchester FM, 106.6 FM