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UK Nostalgia 1960-1990
Pure nostalgia from Britain in the sixties, seventies and eighties!
Come now on a trip back in time, back to remember Britain from days gone by, events, images and memories from the sixties, seventies and eighties!
If you are about my age! indulge in some nostalgia with me below!
This page is to wallow in. It is just for fun, so enjoy!
A phenomenon in the mid 1960's before commercial radio was legalised.
For most listeners commercial radio will have meant Radio Luxembourg until March 28th 1964 when Radio Caroline started broadcasting.
On 15th August 1967 the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act came into force, and the brief era of pirate radio for extinguished.
Radio Sutch broadcast on 1542kHz from 27th May 1964 from the Shivering Sands Fort in the Thames Estuary, eventually becoming Radio City on 299 metres.
|milk vending machines (opposite->)
Criss Cross Quiz
Sturmey Archer gears
all remembered by Laurie Prior
and acknowledgements to Tetra Pak International
the author sampling the delights at
Whitby Promenade circa 1965
|The Beeching railway cuts |
Butlin's holiday camps
Harold Macmillan as SuperMac
Remembered by Lee Reynolds
|"1001, cleans a big big carpet,|
for less than half a crown!"
Remembered by Bob Wingrove
|Wooden pencil cases with sliding top that held surprisingly few pencils!|
Fruit Salad and Black Jack sweets sold at 4 per old penny.
Sunday School outings
Remembered by Chris Burnell
|Threepenny bits and Half Crowns
Aztec chocolate bars
Remembered by Bill Hughes
|Laker Sky Train|
pathfinder for low-cost air travel
(click here for more)
Remembered by Les Hogg
|Fanny and Johnny Cradock
Remembered by Richard Pullen
|Radio 1 on 247 metres|
Remembered by Doug Langley
|Dixon of Dock Green|
Remembered by Howard Roberts
Remembered by Pete Wall
- before the bridges!In Scotland, the Forth Road Bridge, Tay Road Bridge, and to a lesser extent the Erskine Bridge form major parts of the UK road network.
However they were not always there!
|Erskine Ferry||Forth Crossing||Tay Crossing|
GARDEN FESTIVALSHeld at 2 yearly intervals in the 1980's in old industrial areas.
1990 Gateshead (shown opposite ->)
1992 South Wales
Liverpool International Garden Festival remembered by David Graham who says he went 78 times using his season ticket.
The test your knowledge spot!
|question 1||In which year did the Torrey Canyon supertanker spill its cargo of oil off the coast of SW England?|
|question 2||When was decimal currency introduced?|
|question 3||When did commercial radio start in Britain (legal and land-based)?|
|Remember TWW, Rediffusion, Southern Television, Westward, ABC TV, and Teledu Cymru?
Sound clips with acknowledgement to www.transdiffusion.org
click for ATV
click for LWT
|The start of BBC2
In 1964 a new TV service in the UK and a new "quality" system.
Used 625 lines and a few years later colour on the PAL system, daytime transmissions noted for the Colour Receiver Installation Film, the Trade Test Transmissions and Service Information slots.
|Z-CARS, Softly! Softly! and Panorama|
Cult police TV series featuring the Ford "Z"-series cars.
Popular BBC TV programmes; Police detective series starring Stratford Johns and Panorama a current affairs programme still on the go.
|Dickie Davies "World of Sport"
ITV's front man for Sports commentating in the 1970's, something of an institution on Saturday afternoons.
|Ted Heath's Organ Concert
Whilst Ted Heath was Tory Party leader, this annual event always featured in the media.
Ted Heath died on 17 July 2005 at Salisbury.
|The Jerry Anderson puppet TV series in "Supermarionation"|
Joe 90, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5
Four Feather Falls
Remembered by Dave Hall
|Watch with Mother|
BBC series of TV programmes aimed at the pre-school age group.
The Flower Pot Men, Trumpton, Andy Pandy etc
Remembered by Roger Anderson
Click here for the famous Cadbury's "Smash" advert!
(564Kb Real Media file)
Over-hyped TV celebrity who fell from favour almost overnight.
TramcarsNow coming back into fashion but in their heyday popular in many British cities.
Glasgow had a particularly extensive tramway system.
Glasgow's trams lasted from August 1872 until September 2nd 1962 when the last tram ran from Dalmuir to Auchenshuggle.
Click HERE for Llandudno Great Orme tramcar circa 1959
Trolley BusesTrolley buses were a form of electric bus used in a few cities up until late 1960's
The Glasgow trolleybus system, was never taken to the hearts of the Glaswegian as much as the Tramcars, lasted from 1949 to 1967.
Some dubbed them "silent death" as they were almost silent as they glided along the roads as compared with noisy buses or trams.
A familiar site was a trolleybus stopped in the middle of the road, with the driver attempting to get the trolley bar back on the overhead electric cable using a long insulated pole!
The last trolleybus in Cardiff according to Robert Heatley was the 10a/10b route through Ely Cardiff in January 1070.
(Sandtoft Transport Centre)
|BAC 1-11 aircraft in the livery of British Caledonian Airways.
Remember the jingle....
let's go - British Caledonian!
Click here or on plane for 910Kb Real Media file clip of old TV advert!
Rob's aircraft picture library
click here to view.
|The West London Air Terminal situated on Cromwell Road near Gloucester Road tube station was a check-in facility for BEA at Heathrow and lasted from October 1957 until the end of 1973 when it was finally closed as fewer people used it and improved transport links were created to Heathrow itself.|
The site is now a supermarket.
MV St Seriol 1959
- LondonSome pictures from transportation around London
(above) London Tram
(left top) 1959 tube stock
(left) Piccadilly Circus 1967 ticket machines.
|Bubble Cars||Ford Anglia
|Regent petrol||National Benzole Mixture||Cleveland petrol|
THE BEATLESDominating teenage pop culture in the sixties, a legend in their own time!
|Punch and Judy
Home, Light, Third
The test your knowledge spot! ANSWERS
|1 In which year did the Torrey Canyon supertanker spill its cargo of oil off the coast of SW England?||18 March 1967|
|2 When was decimal currency introduced?||1971|
|3 When did commercial radio start in Britain (legal and land-based)?||1973|
|Return to quiz above.|
|Sir Stanley Matthews (1915-2000) a soccer legend.|
The first professional footballer to be knighted, died in hospital on 24th February 2000
He was reknowned for his sense of fair play and was never booked nor sent off once in his long playing career.
Mods and RockersNotoriety for terrorising holiday resorts on bank Holiday weekends!
Thanks to Chris Powell for the photo!
The "Peel P50"
|Randall and Hopkirk (deceased)|
free school milk
Remembered by Peter Magee
|Grosvenor Square riots|
Magical Mystery Tour
Remembered by Steve Dunbar
Remembered by Jane Armstrong
|The "real" Emma Peel, played by Diana Rigg|
Remembered by Happy Jeen
|Go to work on an egg!|
Foot X-RAY machines in Dolcis shops
Remembered by Jim Walters
|Top of the Form|
Ask the Family
Remembered by Steve Leach
Torchy the Battery Boy
Remembered by Sally Roberts
5 Boys chocolate
Remembered by Allan Mill
MaggieMargaret Thatcher dominated British politics throughout the 1980's
The Conservatives came to power at the 1979 General Election following a "Winter of Discontent" of industrial unrest and strikes under the Callaghan Labour Government.
Few people were unaffected by the changes in society that the following decade was to bring!
|most and least popular PM||Hamilton by-election 1967||1974 General Elections|
|In Jan.1991 John Major scored over 61% approval in a "Sunday Times" MORI poll.
By summer 1993 John Major had only the confidence of just over 1 in 10 electors, the lowest rating since the 1940's.
|Start of a Scottish National Party revival.
Won by Winnie Ewing
(later MEP and MSP)
|Only year in recent times when there were 2 General Elections in the one year.|
Prime Minister Harold Wilson 1974-1976
|Swingometer||Election recounts||heaviest and tallest MP's|
|"Look at it! There it goes!" Peter Snow gets enthusiastic with the Swingometer
remembered by Nick Somers
|Brighton Kemptown in 1964 and Peterborough in 1966 both had 7 recounts.
(the Americans don't seem to be into the delights of election recounts!)
|Heaviest MP in recent times was Cyril Smith, MP for Rochdale who weighed 29st 12lb in Jan.1976
Tallest MP was Sir Louis Gluckstein who represented Nottingham East between 1931 and 1945 was over 6ft 7inches tall.
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