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The Cartridge Years: 1973, 1983 and 2001

Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from 1973, 1983 and 2001.

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Sun 21 Apr 2013 14:00

April 1973

  • A new chair lift was opened at Alum Bay - with views over The Needles.
  • An escape plot was discovered at Albany prison.
  • A Royal Navy helicopter crashed into the Solent whilst attempting to rescue a boy who was trapped on a cliff. None of the helicopter crew was hurt, although the 13 year old who had fallen off the cliff later died.
  • QE2 was at the centre of a storm in parliament.  MPS wanted to know why British troops were being used to protect her in a cruise through the Med.
  • The Sun Arch railway bridge in Romsey was being repaired by British Rail structural engineers after another collision.  
  • The Forestry Commission announced plans to close an animal sanctuary in Lyndhurst.
  • Prices reached record levels at the New Forest pony sale in Brockenhurst.
  • Despite a shortage of houses, a number of brand new flats were laying empty in Portsmouth.
  • Swanage Railway Society claimed that 75% of local people wanted the branch line to Wareham to be reopened.
  • Lord Montagu announced that the historic village of Bucklers Hard was to be given heritage trust status. 
  • A lunar rover was on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
  • Road safety protestors held a demonstration on the A31 in Wimborne. They wanted the council to make a narrow bridge on the road safer for pedestrians.
  • Coles fun fair was on Southampton Common.
  • Saints centre forward Ron Davies signed for Pompey in a £40,000 move.
  • Print workers were on strike.
  • Petrol went up by 1/2p a gallon.
  • The Watergate affair saw resignations in the US government.

April 1983

  • Fire destroyed the thatched roof of the oldest cottage in Horton Heath 
  • Film actress Bo Derek was shooting part of her latest film Bolero on location at Beaulieu 
  • The owner of a £70,000 house in Cowes, I.O.W. decided to raffle the place for £10 a ticket.
  • The BiC was taking shape in Bournemouth.
  • The owner of a hotel in Winchester was fined for leaving an R.A.C. 2-star sign up tor 10 months after the R.A.C. had withdrawn their endorsement.
  • The Isle of Wight was being promoted as a major cycling centre to attract tourists.
  • HMS Glamorgan, the only Royal Navy ship to survive a direct hit by an 'Exocet' missile during the Falklands Conflict, left Portsmouth for sea trials after extensive repairs.
  • High Street banks cut their base rate by half percent to 10% easing the pressure for a rise in mortgage interest rates.
  • The Royal Mint changed the wording on the 50 pence coin.
  • BL workers at Cowley were on strike.
  • A Turkish airliner with more than 100 people on board was hijacked en route and flown to Athens.
  • Charles & Diana were on an official tour of Australia & New Zealand.
  • Corbiere won the grand national.
  • An inflatable King Kong was attached to the outside of the Empire State Building in New York.

April 2001

  • Homes in Niton were being checked & roads were closed following a landslide.
  • Doubts were raised as to the exact location that William Rufus died.  The Beaulieu Estate claim he died there, not at Minstead where his memorial stone stands.
  • Police in Japan formally charged a businessman over the murder of the British bar hostess, Lucie Blackman.
  • Foot & Mouth cases were being reported around the UK.
  • Sophie-gate was rocking the Royals - A news of the world reporter posed as a sheikh and interviewed The countess of Wessex.
  • M&S reported terrible first quarter sales figures.
  • There were protests at M&S flagship store in Paris in response to the announcement they were to close their European shops.
  • The crew of an american spy plane were being held on Hainan Island in China.
  • America's latest mission to Mars, the unmanned Odyssey probe, blasted off from Cape Canaveral.