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The Cartridge Years: 1975, 1985 and 1997

3 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 27 January 2013

Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from 1975, 1985 and 1997.

  • January 1975

    Harold Wilson was Prime Minister
    A cross Solent hovercraft caught fire.
    Security tightened at Manchester airport after domestic flight to London was hijacked at Heathrow.
    A crane driver was killed when the cab of his giant crane plunged 80ft onto the deck of a ship below in South Wales.
    Fire gutted a carriage of a football special train carrying Chelsea fans back from match against Luton. 
    Charlie CHAPLIN, knighted in New Years Honours, arrived in England for his investiture.
    250 engine tuners at BL's Cowley plant near Oxford voted narrowly to resume their strike... but production is to go on as long as possible without them. 
    It was estimated that about 90 tankers worldwide are laid up as high oil costs have made them uneconomic to run.
  • January 1985

    HMS Manchester was in Portsmouth.
    Townsend Thorenson crews were on strike, affecting cross channel sailings from Portsmouth.
    The Bishop of Winchester Dr. John Taylor retired.
    The Savoy Cinema in Petersfield closed.
    Dutch semi-submersible ship 'Dan Lifter' arrived at Southampton docks to collect 2 high speed ferries bound for Hong Kong.
    Southampton beat Leyton Orient FC in the 4th round of the F.A. Cup.
    The  Portsmouth 'News' continued to be printed - despite a strike by 74 journalists over the introduction of new technology.
    An inquest opened in Wareham into the death of 12 year old David Alergant, who was killed when an armoured car overturned at Bovington Camp in the previous November.
    A computer was installed aboard 'HMS Victory' at Portsmouth dockyard for the first time.
    Shipbuilders 'Vosper Thorneycroft' failed to win the M.O.D. contracts to build the new type-22 frigates for the Royal Navy.
    The miner's strike was ongoing. 
    Nearly 300 senior academics at Oxford signed a petition flysheet objecting to the Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher being awarded an honorary degree.
    Ministers met in Rome to discuss Europe's plans for an involvement in the possible space station.
    Space Shuttle Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral.
  • January 1997

    Prime Minister was John Major.
    Victor Farrant, who was extradited from France on suspicion of murder -  landed at Southampton airport.  A Sikh from Southampton - Narinder Singh Roath took British Airways to court. He says they refused to employ him because of his beard and turban.
    Bournemouth mini cab driver Graham Jenkins won £250,000 on an accumulator bet... He correctly predicted the outcome of 13 football matches.
    The Royal Yacht Britannia sailed for her last official tour.
    Footballer Bruce Grobelaar was in court in Southampton, accused of match fixing.
    Southampton were knocked out of the Coca-Cola Cup, losing 2-1 to Stockport County.
    Portsmouth beat Reading in the FA Cup.
    Admissions to Southampton General Hospital were suspended due to an outbreak of viral gastro-enteritis.
    Bournemouth Football Club held a crisis meeting, where £30,000 was raised by fans, to allow the club to continue playing. 
    The Kings Theatre announced it would be closed to productions until the turn of the century - concentrating instead on corporate events and private hire.
    Plans were announced for a £100M development at Gunwharf in Portsmouth.
    A new dinosaur was discovered on the Isle of Wight.  
    Workers at Ford in Southampton voted to strike in support of their colleagues in Halewood.
    Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of the Titanic disaster died at the age of 100.
    The BBC, Carlton, Granada and BSKYB joined forces to bid for fifteen new subscription channels.
    The motorcycle industry put forward a claim to be allowed to use bus lanes.
    Since police in Middlesborough adopted a "Zero Tolerance" approach to crime there has been a 25% decrease.
    The Abbey National launched a takeover bid for Scottish Amicable, the mutual insurance company.


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