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December 20th, 2018 in Notice Board by admin

This is the 500th issue of the South Kilworth News and so more than 41 years since the first edition was circulated in 1976.

A lot has changed in this time – I understand that when the South Kilworth News was originally produced typewriters and duplicators were used. Now there is the internet, email contributions, word processing and Partridges printing for us.

The internet made it easy for me to look up what was happening in 1976 and so here are some reminders / historical notes :-

• Concorde flew the Atlantic

• The Queen opened the NEC in Birmingham

• John Curry won a skating gold medal

• Anita Roddick opens the first branch of Body Shop

• Anne Warburton became the first female British ambassador (to Denmark)

• The UK won the Eurovision Song Contest with Brotherhood of Man singing Save All Your Kisses For Me

• James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister after the resignation of Harold Wilson.

• Southampton FC won the FA Cup Final beating Manchester United 1-0

• Liverpool FC won the Football League and the UEFA Cup

• UK and Iceland end the Cod War

• 22 June–16 July – heat wave reaches its peak with the temperature attaining 26.7 °C (80 °F) every day of this period. For fifteen consecutive days, 23 June–7 July inclusive, it reaches 32.2 °C (90 °F) somewhere in England; and five days – the first being 26 June – see the temperature exceed 35 °C (95 °F). For the whole meteorological summer (June–August), temperatures will average 21 °C and there will be 669 hours of sunshine. This is contributing to the worst drought in the United Kingdom since the 1720s.

• Ford launches a new small three-door hatchback, the Fiesta

• Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and win 3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals.

• A fire destroys the pier head at Southend Pier.

• Drought at its most severe. Parts of South West England go for 45 days with no rain in July and August.

• The Great Clock of Westminster (or Big Ben) suffers internal damage and stops running for over nine months.

• 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women demonstrate for peace in Northern Ireland.

• 100 police officers and 60 carnival-goers are injured during riots at the Notting Hill Carnival.

• The Ford Cortina Mark IV is launched.

• The InterCity 125 high-speed train is introduced into passenger service on British Rail, initially between London Paddington station, Bristol and south Wales; the units will still be in front-line service 40 years later.

• The Damned release New Rose, the first single marketed as “punk rock”.

• Racing driver James Hunt becomes Formula One world champion.

• Opening of the Royal National Theatre on the South Bank in London, in premises designed by Sir Denys Lasdun.

• Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan win the Nobel Peace Prize

• Denis Healey announces to Parliament that he has successfully negotiated a £2,300,000,000 loan for Britain from the International Monetary Fund on condition that £2,500,000,000 is cut from public expenditure: the NHS, education and social benefit sectors are not affected by these cuts.

• Inflation stood at 16.5% – lower than the previous year’s level, but still one of the highest since records began in 1750. However, at one stage during 1976 inflation exceeded 24%.

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