A NEW EXHIBITION at Hedon Museum will be remembering the 1970s. It will be a nostalgia trip for many who lived through the seventies and of course, a fascinating trip to a quirkier past for those born too late.
Discover or re-discover what was going on in the years 1970 – 1979; the programmes we watched on television and the music that we listened to. What were we wearing? What ‘modern technology’ was being introduced? What was going on nationally in the news? What was happening locally in Hedon?
‘Remember the 1970s’ open Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 4pm until Saturday 13 August. FREE ADMISSION.
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Dr. Martin Craven has written some notes about the period. And over the next few weeks of the exhibition, we will publish these for each year. We will add to the notes on each exhibition day – so keep popping back here for a look!
1979 Local Hedon News
21 July: A re-enactment of Magadalen Fair held in the Town to raise money for the community hall (what would become the Alexandra Hall).
6 September: C. Hodgson & Son contracted to fill in the Hedon Haven at a cost of £4,000.
December: Mrs L. M. Andrews retires as Town Clerk and replaced by Colonel Brewster. Position referred to as a ‘part-time’ post.
1979 National News
1 March: 32.5% of Scots vote in favour of devolution failing to reach the required 40%. The Welsh vote overwhelmingly against devolution.
30 March: Airey Neave MP is killed by the IRA leaving Westminster by car.
4 April: Eleventh victim of the Yorkshire Ripper dies.
4 May: Margaret Thatcher wins General Election becoming the first woman Prime Minister.
June: First elections to the European Parliament held.
27 August: Lord Mountbatten assassinated when his boat is blown up by the IRA.
2 September: Corporal punishment is abolished in all Inner London schools.
30 October: Sir Barnes Wallis dies.
13 November: House of Commons told that Sir Anthony Blunt is the ‘4th man’ i.e. a spy for Russia.
December: UDI comes to an end in Rhodesia with an agreement on free elections.
1978 Local Hedon News
3 February: Civic Ball held at South Holderness School.
28 February: Hedon Community Centre Development Committee submit a planning application for building a hall next to the Town Hall. A 75% grant obtainable but a further £20,000 needed through local fundraising.
15 March: The filling-in of the Haven Basin completed.
25 May: Councillor S.W. Tong elected Mayor. Mayoral reception held in the Alison Hall.
14 December: The Hedon Haven bed purchased by the Hedon Haven Trustees from Holderness Borough Council.
1978 National News
1 May: First May Day holiday is celebrated in Britain.
25 July: First test-tube baby is born – Louise Brown in Oldham Hospital.
11 September: Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian defector, is killed by a poisoned umbrella on Waterloo Bridge.
17 December: IRA bomb explosions in Southampton, Bristol, Manchester and Coventry.
1977 Local Hedon News:
May: Councillor H.V. Suggit elected Mayor.
5-7 June: Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (1952-77). Town of Hedon celebrates including an Open Air Service on the Market Hill, football match, games, bonfire, and a Carnival Parade at the Market Place.
July: J.J. ‘Johnnie’ Wain died in Hull on his 89th birthday. He was Hedon’s Mayor in 1939 and 1953 and was awarded the Queen’s Medal in the Coronation year.
August: Dr. ‘Pat’ Marshall retires after 43 years service in Holderness. (Made an Honorary Burgess in 1980.
1977 National News:
5 January: Roy Jenkins resigns as MP to become First President of the EEC Commission.
14 January: Anthony Eden, Lord Avon dies. He was Prime Minister 1955-57.
24 January: Ian Smith (Rhodesia) rejects proposal for black majority rule.
7 March: HM Queen arrives in Australia on her silver Jubilee tour.
2 April: Red Rum wins the Grand National for the third time.
7 June: Queen begins a week of celebrations to mark Silver Jubilee.
28 October: Yorkshire Police begin the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper.
25 December: Charlie Chaplin dies.
|8 April: Haven Trustees accept|
a new estimate from Stepney
Contractors Ltd and work on filling
in the Haven Basin restarts.
|12 January: Agatha Christie dies.|
24 January: Soviets call Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady.
16 March: Harold Wilson resigns as Prime Minister.
19 March: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden are to separate.
23 March: Ian Smith rejects Wilson’s conditions for a Rhodesian settlement.
24 March: Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery aka “Monty” dies aged 88.
5 April: James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister.
26 May: Wilson’s resignation honours list causes controversy (Goldsmith, Kagan, and Mary Falkender).
7 July: David Steel, becomes Liberal Leader.
6 August: John Stonehouse begins a seven-year prison sentence.
25 August: Unemployment passes the 1.5m mark.
2 September: Percy Shaw, inventor of Cat’s Eyes dies.
29 October: Coal mining begins at Selby.
4 December: Benjamin Britten (composer, conductor and pianist) dies.
|May: Cllr. Mrs Hilda Ives elected Town Mayor. Outgoing Mayor Cllr. A. E. Bucknall writes to H.M. Queen Elizabeth to request that Hedon be granted the status of Honorary Borough. The letter was subsequently sent by the Queen’s Secretary to the Home Office and also to Prime Minister Harold Wilson.|
28 July: Department of Environment writes to reject the status of Honorary Borough of Hedon.
October: Mr W. R. (‘Rex’) Watkinson died at his Hedon home, aged 92. Served as the Relieving Office for the Patrington Board of Guardians from 1909-1930. The author of several books on Holderness and a Guide to Kingston Upon Hull.
December: Earthworks Hull goes into liquidation and the filling in of the Haven Basin stops.
|11 February: Margaret Thatcher becomes leader of the Conservative Party replacing Edward Heath.|
28 February: Moorgate tube station disaster – 42 people killed.
21 March: John Stonehouse is arrested in Australia.
5 June: National Referendum on Britain’s membership of the EEC. 17.4m, ‘Yes’: 8.5m, ‘No’.
28 September: ‘Spaghetti House’ siege in London restaurant.
3 October: Siege ends, all hostages released unharmed.
Resumption of the ‘Cod War’ with Iceland.
30 October: Dutch elm disease now widespread in England.
27 November: Ross McWhirter, compiler of the Guiness Book of Records shot dead by IRA gunmen.
10 December: First shots fired in the ‘Cod War’.
|18 January: A meeting at the Town Hall between representatives of Hedon Borough Council and Holderness Borough Council to discuss future ownership of land owned by Hedon. Hedon to retain Cemetery, Market Place cobbles, Market Hill, scouts land at Sheriff Highway, land at the corner of Haven Basin Road and Thorn Road, the Horsewell, Ivy Lane, Far Bank, allotments Twyers Lane, Town Hall and land adjacent, and Painters Cottages.|
March: Last civic dinner held by the last Mayor of the Borough of Hedon. Guest speaker, Col. Rupert Alec-Smith. Function held at the Birkholme Country Club.
April: Hedon loses Borough status and becomes a town with a Town Council.
2 May: Cllr. A.E. Bucknall elected as the first Town Mayor. Reception held in the Alison Hall.
26 June: Haven Trustees celebrate 200 years of the Haven Act of Parliament with a dinner at the Birkholme Country Club.
Royal British Legion. Following the demolition of a cottage and outbuildings, a new Concert Room is built and joined to the existing building forming a fully integrated social club.
|1 February: Ronald Biggs Great Train Robber arrested in Brazil.|
28 February: General Election sees hung Parliament.
4 March: Harold Wilson forms a minority Labour Government.
6 March: Miners go back to work with a 35% wage increase.
9 March: Britain returns to 5-day working.
20 March: Attempt to abduct Princess Anne in the Mall fails.
1 June: Flixborough disaster. 29 dead.
14 July: IRA bombs in Manchester ad Birmingham.
17 July: IRA bomb in Tower of London.
1 October: Britain’s first McDonald’s hamburger restaurant in London.
10 October: Second general election. Wilson has a slender overall majority of 18.
11 November: Sandra Rivett Lady Lucan’s nanny murdered. Lord Lucan is suspected but disappears.
21 November: MP John Stonehouse ‘disappears’ on a Miami beach.
|31 March: Tenders put out by the Haven Trustees for filling in the Haven Basin.|
August: Contract given to Earthworks Hull by the Haven Trustees for filling in the Haven Basin, value £1,250.
May: Election of the last Mayor of the Borough of Hedon. Cllr. R.G. Williams of the New Hall elected.
|1 January: Britain and the Irish Republic become members of the EEC.|
1 February: Common Agriculture Policy of the EEC comes into operation.
1 March: Northern Ireland referendum result heavily in favour of staying in the UK.
26 March: Sir Noel Coward dies.
21 May: First action of the ‘Cod War’ with Royal Navy involvement.
2 August: First IRA bomb attacks in London.
8 November: ‘Cod War’ ends.
14 November: Princess Anne marries Capt. Mark Phillips.
13 December: 3 Day Week ordered as miners ‘go slow’ and Arab oil embargo takes effect.
31 December: 3 Day Week begins.
|January: A 100-acre residential site earmarked for Hedon turned down as ‘too near to the petrochemical works at Hedon’. However, the County Planning Officer, W.W. Crawford said ‘a growth of Hedon’s population to about 10,000 was desirable to make full use of facilities and opportunities offered by the town’.|
17 January: Civic dinner and ball at Birkholme Country Club. The Mayor, P.A. Garvey, said the proposed local government reorganisation could sweep away Royal Charters and leave boroughs without any local authority ‘at the stroke of a pen’.
18 May: Mayoral reception in the Alison Hall. Alderman A.E. Draper installed as Mayor and his daughter Mrs E. Vickers as Mayoress.
Between 1972 and 1974 the Hedon Drama Group puts on a series of plays in the Assembly Room, Magdalen Gate.
|9 January: Liner Queen Elizabeth catches fire and sinks at Hong Kong.|
30 January: ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Northern Ireland. 13 protest marchers killed.
29 March: Tutankhamen exhibition opens at the British Museum.
August: President Amin expels 40,000 Asians from Uganda.
1 September: Iceland extends her fishing limit from 12 to 150 miles.
6 November: Race Relations Act comes into force.
|29 April: Honorary Freedom of the Borough awarded to S.T. Johnson MBE JP. Presentation in the Town Hall followed by a reception in the Alison Hall.|
14 May: Election of Hedon Councillors. H.V. Suggit top of the poll (554); A.E. Bucknall (355), R.M. King (383); T. Beckett (not elected 324).
23 May: H.V. Suggit stands down as Mayor after 5 years. New Mayor is Cllr. P.A. Garvey.
23 May: ‘Royal’ prefix granted to all British Legion formations including Hedon.
23 May: Hedon Borough Council agrees to write to Richard Wood MP to express support for the Government’s proposal for a new Humberside County and to reject the county council proposal for a East Yorkshire county.
23 May: Hedon and District Local History Society formed at the instigation of John Markham.
27 May: Mayoral dinner for P.A. Garvey takes place in the Alison Hall.
24 September: The Mayor publishes his book entitled “The Hedon Silver”.
4 October: The Mayor opens the Birkholme Country Club. Peter Read announces plans for a new shopping development, later to become Watmough’s Arcade.
22 October: Sotherby’s called in to revalue the Hedon Silver (old valuation £13,000).
12 November: Hedon to have two pedestrian crossings – Ketwell Lane/New Road and St. Augustine’s Gate/New Road.
30 November: Albermarle House to be ready in two week’s time. Cost £95,000; 40 beds, building time of 18 months.
|3 January: Open University starts Television transmissions.|
15 January: ½p, 1p and 2p decimal coins issued.
19 January: Postal workers go on strike for 19.5% pay rise.
4 February: Rolls Royce goes bankrupt.
15 February: Decimal Day.
8 March: Postal strike ends.
28 October: House of Commons votes in favour of joining the EEC (European Economic Community).
|February: Harry Dobson, former Alderman and Mayor, lifelong Methodist and local Preacher dies aged 80. |
17 April: Two shops in St. Augustine’s Gate pulled down. Site, later, of the Alexandra Hall.
19 May: New Mayor H. Vies Suggit’s ‘Scramble for Pennies’ cancelled on health and safety grounds. Children instead queued outside the Town Hall and each received one shilling. This was not a popular decision and soon the ‘Scramble’ was restored.
April: Cllr. Mrs Hilda Ives made a Borough Alderman.
April: Haven Commissioners propose to fill in the Haven Basin. Harbour was closed by order of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
|2 March: Rhodesia declared a republic under Ian Smith.|
9 April: The Beatles split up.
17 June: Decimal postage stamps go on sale for the first time.
18 June. General Election. Edward Heath, Prime Minister.
2 August: The army fires rubber bullets for the first time in Northern Ireland.
12 September: Concord lands for the first time at Heathrow.
|Notes by Dr. Martin Craven Hedon Museum Society|