Rochdale may not have the huge football stadiums or shiny arts venues that the city of Manchester does, but it still punches above its weight when it comes to producing talent in many fields.
The borough has been home to future politicians, singers and Hollywood stars over the decades. Here are nine famous folk you may not have known were born in or grew up in Rochdale.
5. Gracie Fields
The actress, singer, comedian and star of cinema and music hall was one of the biggest names in British showbiz of the 1930s; she later became a Dame. Photo: staff
6. Julie Goodyear
Best known as the inimitable Bet Lynch behind the bar of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street, Julie also starred in Celebrity Big Brother.
7. Lisa Stansfield
The singer-songwriter grew up in Heywood and Rochdale and went on to sell records around the world, with three BRIT awards to her name. She has also acted on stage and TV. Photo: Lytham Festival
8. Bill Oddie
The TV broadcaster and nature guru’s passion for the nature world has seen him host Springwatch as well as star in the Goodies.