New figures show that after more than 50 years of colour transmissions, hundreds of people across Greater Manchester are still watching black and white TVs.

The figures released by TV Licensing show 390 households in Greater Manchester still have a black and white licence.

Despite an increase in the use of smart televisions, a surprising number of households are spurning 21st Century technology in favour of monochrome TV sets. According to the figures, London leads the way with 1,768 black and white licences, followed by West Midlands with 431. Greater Manchester rounds out the top three.

The number of black and white licences issued each year has, however, steadily been declining. In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white TV Licences in force, but now there are around 7,000 across the country.