FROM The Queen and Prince Diana to stars of music and sport, Bradford has played host to a number of famous names for visits to the district over the years.

Here is a look at a selection of them, as we raid the Telegraph & Argus archives:


A girl who was pictured meeting The Beatles at the Gaumont in 1964 has revisited the exact spot she met the group more than 50 years on.

Karen Grimaldi was five when she went with her music journalist father Tom Spence to the Bradford venue and was encouraged to sing to John Lennon to mark his birthday.

READ MORE: Karen revisits spot she met The Beatles in Bradford in 1964


Minogue mania swept through St George’s Hall in November 1991, for Bradford’s annual illuminations.

Why the Australian singing sensation had chosen Bradford for her only live European appearance no-one knew, but that was the last thing on people’s minds as all eyes focused on the figure cheerily jumping around on stage.

Although Dannii was only on the stage for less than 15 minutes, with 2,000 people queuing up after they were given free admittance to St George’s Hall.

READ MORE: 1991: Aussie songstress Dannii lights up Bradford


Former One Direction star Zayn Malik was presented with his own Bradford City third strip.

The Bradford popstar, a fan of the Bantams, regularly tweets during games.

Just before last Christmas Zayn tweeted that the top of his Christmas wish-list was for the club's third kit to feature on the popular video game Fifa 20. Bradford City immediately retweeted saying it had a jersey in the post to him.

He was presented with his own number 12 jersey from striker Clayton Donaldson.

READ MORE: Zayn Malik presented with his own Bradford City third kit


Here is a selection of pictures and stories on the Royal Family's recent visits to Bradford.

READ MORE: When The Queen, Princess Diana and Prince Charles came to Bradford

Not forgetting, the most recent visit, made by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in January this year:

READ MORE: William and Kate arrive in Bradford to cheers from huge crowds


007 himself, Pierce Brosnan, cast his Goldeye over Bradford in 1999.

M sent him to Bradford to open the new-look National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

READ MORE: The day bond left city shaken, not stirred...


Money came to Bradford in 2017, when one of boxing's biggest names came to the Bradford district.

Mayweather stopped by at Batley fast food restaurant Mr T's and here are some more details:

READ MORE: Floyd Mayweather ate at Mr T's in Great Horton Road


'The Gypsy King' took a break from the ring when he also visited the Great Horton Road restaurant last year.

READ MORE: Tyson Fury visits Mr T's restaurant in Great Horton Road, Bradford


The former world heavyweight boxing champion made it a hat-trick of superstar appearances at Mr T's in 2019 after stopping by for a facial.

READ MORE: Deontay Wilder pops in for a facial at Bradford salon before opening Mr T's in Batley


Eusebio, considered one the world's greatest footballers who died in 2014 aged 62, was with Bradford spina-bifeda sufferer Julie Collins during a sponsored visit in the mid-1970s with her mother to meet her teenage idol Donny Osmond.

Eusebio escorted the wheelchair-bound 13 years-old through the crowd to the stage at the Aladdin Hotel to meet Muhammad Ali during an America Honors the Heavyweight Champions televised tribute attended by sports celebrities from other countries.

On learning of the Benfica and Portuguese soccer star's death Julie's widowed mother Rene said at her home in Wrose, Shipley: "Although my daughter didn't know quite who, or how famous Eusebio was at the time, she later referred to him ' as the nice man who looked after me so well when I met Mr Ali."

Sadly Julie died from her illness some years later shortly after she married.


Game of Thrones star Kit Harington became a regular in Saltaire's bars and restaurants while filming there in 2017.

Mr Harington, who was there filming BBC drama Gunpowder, dined at The Terrace Cafe Bar & Bistro several times a week and other cast members, including Hollywood A-lister Liv Tyler, also ate there.

READ MORE: Look who came for dinner! A-listers have been dining out in Saltaire


Give us a twirl. Brucie caused chaos and brought with him huge crowds of people when he opened up the market in Shipley in the early 1960s.

Here is how the T&A reported it at the time:


A screaming group of appreciative Bollywood fans met the Asian film world’s newest superstar as he paid a visit to Bradford in November 2016.

Ranveer Singh, who is starring in next month’s premiere of the romantic comedy, Befikre, was mobbed as he called in to the National Media Museum for a questions and answers session prior to appearing on stage in City Park.

More than 300 people packed into Pictureville to see a screening of his debut film, Band Baaja Baaraat, launched in 2010, before the star himself appeared on stage alongside Bradford businesswoman Fatima Patel and David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film, who both asked questions.

READ MORE: Fans thrilled to meet top Bollywood star as he pays visit to City Park to launch latest film