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The Cartridge Years: 1968, 1978, 1988

Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from 1968, 1978 and 1988.

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Sun 17 Feb 2013 14:00

February 1968

February 1968
  • There was an industrial dispute at the Colts factory in Havant.
  • The world's biggest hovercraft - SRN4 was launched in the Solent
  • Queen Mary was at the centre of a dispute at Long beach, California. Martime Workers Union claim they should have the job of re-constructing the liner at her new home, but the Long Beach authorities are using city employees because they claimed the ship is now a land structure  
  • Alec Rose pulled into Bluff on New Zealand's south Island for emergency repairs during his round the world voyage
  • Much of the south was under a blanket snow.
  • A trawler from a fishing fleet in Hull went missing off Iceland          .
  • New rolling stock was unveiled for the line out of London Victoria.
  • British United Airways pilots were on strike.
  • Brewers were on strike in Birmingham, causing thousands of gallons of beer to be poured away.
  • A resolution calling on America withdrawing from Vietnam wash heavily defeated at the young Conservative's conference in Harrogate.
  • Colour television was made available to around a million viewers in the Thames Valley, as a new TV mast was opened.
  • TGWU members are trying to cut off food & fuel deliveries to hotels in Torquay.
  • Princess Margaret left hospital after an operation on her tonsils.
  • Mosely Common colliery in Lancashire was set to close down.
  • England played Ireland at Twickenham - the result 9 points each.
  • BAC showed off their new short haul jet - the super one-eleven. . 
  • Proceedings in the House Of Lords were to be televised for the first time.
  • The winter olympics opened in Grenoble.
  • Football: Fulham 2 Portsmouth 2

February 1978

February 1978
  • Oil was discovered below Wytch Farm on the Isle of Purbeck
  • West Dorset was thawing out following blizzards.
  • West Bay was bracing itself for more batterings from the ocean as high winds were forecast.  A car was washed away in heavy floods.
  • Heavy seas closed the coast road at Preston, and chesil beach was closed for a time, cutting Portland off from the mainland.
  • There was a freak sandstorm in Weymouth.
  • Poole Harbour reported it handled a record £450 million worth of business in the last year
  • A new bus service for Bournemouth was launched.
  • Pupils at St Johns CofE in Moordown, Bournemouth were celebrating it's centenary.
  • Senior Citizens in Southampton were being offered free lost insulation
  • There was a protest outside the Royal Mail depot on Redbridge, over the nukber of vehicles using the depot.
  • Inflation dropped to 9.9%.
  • Train drivers strike called off.
  • A laser rifle was stolen from a display in the Science Museum in London.
  • The 1st official petrol consumption figures published, show that British cars compare well with their imported rivals.
  • British Leyland announced they were to close the TR7 factory on Merseyside.
  • Dutch salvage experts refloated the oil rig Orion which ran aground on rocks to the West of Guernsey.
  • Thousands of supporters waited for Mrs Gandhi outisde a Magistrates Court in New Delhi, where she was appearing on criminal charges.
  • In California Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose seaplane, the largest aircraft ever built, has been seen again by the public after more than 30 yrs locked up in a special hangar.
  • A hippopotamus called 'Bubbles' escaped from Lion Country Safari Park near Los Angeles.

February 1988

February 1988
  • The Royal Navy in Portsmouth accepted a brand new vessel - the hi-tech frigate, HMS Cornwall.
  • Gange Buses of Cowes claimed that Southern Vectis was trying to pick up it's customers.
  • In Southampton, Ford workers voted on their company's latest pay offer. 
  • The RSPCA in Southampton announced a dramatic rise in rep of cruelty across the region.
  • The VW LT van was recalled because of issues with the engine.
  • There were demonstrations against the government's 'clause 28'.
  • Workers at the Landrover plant were on strike.
  • The Royal Navy announced that Minesweepers Brocklesby & Hurworth were to be replaced with one vessel - the Dulverton.
  • TV-AM journalists voted no to strike action.