Remember the 1970s?

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?

The games and toys we played with.

‘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!

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

THE 1970s

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