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The Cartridge Years: 1968, 1987 and 1999

Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from 1968, 1987 and 1999.

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3 hours

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Sun 12 May 2013 14:00

May 1968

  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was celebrating it's 75th anniversary.
  • HMS Leviathon was towed out of Portsmouth harbour, bound for the breakers yard.
  • A car bomb exploded at the Welsh office in Cardiff.
  • 48 classic cars set off from London, heading for Edinburgh on the veteran car run.
  • Peter Ustinov was directing his own play 'The unknown soldier and his wife' at the Chichester Festival.
  • A block of flats collapsed at Canning Town in London's East End.
  • Fire engulfed a Newcastle paper mill.
  • BOAC pilots were on a work to rule.
  • Tesco took over the Victor Value brand name.
  • A fire broke out on board the Norweigan ferry 'Blenheim' en route from Newcastle to Oslo.
  • The prototype Concorde was being built in Bristol.
  • West Brom won the FA Cup.
  • Demonstrators handed in a petition to the Commonwealth Secretary asking that the Rock of Gibraltar should cease to be a colony & become part of Great Britain. 
  • There were riots and demonstrations in Paris.
  • 7000 refugees were living in a make-shift camp in Saigon, where water hydrant has to supply whole camp & food supplies were uncertain.
  • The world frog jumping competition took place in California.

May 1987

  • Portsdown Park Estate was sold  to developers.
  • British Barbershop Singers Annual Convention held at the BiC.
  • Fire destroyed the ballroom on Southampton's disused Royal Pier.
  • Civil Servants were on strike.
  • QE2 sailed from Southampton amid complaints from passengers after a multi million pound refit - passengers complained about unfinished cabins.. Cunard gave passengers a refund of 40%.
  • An inquiry into the Zebrugge ferry disaster started.
  • Klaus Barbie was on trial. 
  • Intercity celebrated it's 21st anniversary.
  • George Burns celebrated his 90th birthday.
  • National graffiti championships were held in Bridlington.

May 1999

  • Sir Christopher Cockerill died at the age of 88, on the 40th anniversary of his hovercraft first taking to the water.
  • The electricity watchdog commissioned a feasibility review of Fawley Power Station - there were fears it could close and 60 jobs would be at risk 
  • A group of dedicated engineers from Hampshire built a car powered by steam.
  • Many businesses across Hampshire were counting the costs of a night of torrential rain that caused flooding across the county.
  • A major rescue operation was launched after 150 people were thrown into the sea during a regatta in Weymouth Bay. More than 70 boats capsized. 
  • Protesters who were fighting to save Haslar Hospital in Gosport were pinning hopes on a new report which stated it would cost the local economy around £25million a year. 
  • Passenger complaints about train services in the South hit record levels again.
  • A 41 year old man was rescued after falling 100ft down a cliff at Bembridge. 
  • Port Solent marina was acquired by Raglan Properties as part of a deal worth over £14million which also included marinas in Falmouth and Guernsey.
  • New railway timetables were introduced, there were more trains from Southampton to London, but changes to services from Dorset were been criticised.
  • BBC presenter Jill Dando was murdered.
  • There were delays processing passports.
  • Thousands of people turned out in Gloucestershire to see one of Britain's strangest bank holiday traditions, the Cheese Rolling Race.
  • French Euro tunnel staff staged a protest for better working conditions.
  • Bangladesh went through to the super sixes in the Cricket World Cup after beating Pakistan - England were knocked out by India.
  • Watford claimed a place in the Premiership by beating Bolton Wanderers to win the 1st division championship.
  • Colin Montgomerie won the PGA Golf Championship at Wentworth
  • Mika Hakkinen won the Spanish Grand Prix.