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The Cartridge Years: 1963, 1977 and 1981

3 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 June 2013

This week Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from the June of 1963, 1977 and 1981.

He has the local headlines and hears your stories of the relevant years.

Plus tracks from his featured album of the week, George Michael’s 1987 album faith.

And Richard highlights some of the lighter stories of the week that you may have missed. It's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

  • June 1963

    • Hampshire police were searching for a suspect after a triple murder in Portsmouth.
    • The UK was learning about the affair between John Profumo and Christine Keeler.
    • Cassius Clay and Henry Cooper faced each other in a boxing match at the London Palladium.
    • A house that was being demolished in Westminster, close to the Strand collapsed burying a workman under several tons of rubble.
    • 21 survivors were rescued by the Dover lifeboat after the Panamanian ship 'Carmen' sank after a collision in the English Channel.
    • The Queen took the salute at the trooping of the Colour of the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards.
    • The "Old Vic Company", "the home of Shakespeare" which had been in London since 1914, gave its last performance in the Waterloo Road.
    • There was a requiem mass for Pope John XXIII at Westminster Cathedral.
    • Sir Winston CHURCHILL arrived in Monte Carlo for a holiday on the French Riviera.
    • Russian space ship Vostok 5 was orbiting the Earth, with cosmonaut Colonel Valery Bykovsky on board.
    • A rain-lashed Belgian Grand Prix was won by Jim Clarke in a Lotus.
    • Riots were taking place in Jackson, Mississippi, following the shooting of a black community leader.
  • June 1977

    • In the Milk Race, Russia won both individual & team titles in Southampton.
    • It was moving day today for some of elderly residents of Wyndham Cottle Home of Rest for Horses at Ningwood on the Isle of Wight. They were moving to a new home near Milton Keynes.
    • Dozens of Scandinavian students from Bournemouth celebrated midsummer by dancing around maypole at Hengistbury Head.
    • Chief Constable of Hampshire Police Sir Douglas Osmond retired.
    • Two million people visited Portsmouth for the Jubilee Fleet Review.
    • Totton-based manufacturers of fire engines HCB Angus were planning a move to a £500,000 factory at Calmore.
    • Ford workers in Swayling were in dispute .... 1250 production workers were laid off when day shift finished.
    • Residents in Ryde were upset by the noise made by a local man's budgies.
    • TUC Economic Committee met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss pay policy.
    • The Queen & Prince Phillip drove through the street of Liverpool in an open Range Rover, to celebrate their silver jubilee.
    • Freddie Laker won his long fight to introduce cut price flights to America. Sky Train would operate from Stansted Airport.
    • HM Queen reviewed 2,000 Legion Standard bearers at Windsor as part of her Silver Jubilee celebrations.
    • The main celebrations ended with a flypast along The Mall.
    • Tesco abandoned Green Shield trading stamps in favour of price reductions.
  • June 1981

    • A coaster was damaged in an explosion off Portland.
    • Canisters containing potentially dangerous chemicals were washed up on the beach at Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight.
    • Southampton's Tudor House launched a £200,000 appeal after wood worm was found in the historic beams.
    • Refurbishment works were underway to the Milton Road end of The Dell, home of Southampton Football Club.
    • Dockers in Southampton were in dispute with management over working practices.
    • Workers at Pirelli Cables factories in Southampton were on a work to rule.
    • There were fears that Portsmouth Naval Dockyard could close in the forthcoming defence review.
    • The government announced that Haslar detention centre was to be the new home for young offenders, effectively securing it's future.
    • A grandmother from Bournemouth was names as the country's top lollipop lady.
    • Sparsholt College open day attracted over 8000 visitors.
    • Shots were fired at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony as the Queen passed the corner of The Mall and the Horse Guards Parade.
    • Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds launched a bid to regain the world water speed record for Britain.
    • Ladies flocked to Berkshire for Ascot Races Ladies Day.
    • London ambulance drivers were on strike.
    • Fires broke out at Covent Garden & Russell Square tube stations.
    • Derek Bell and Jackie Ickx won the Le Mans 24 hours race in a Porsche. A French racing driver & a track steward were killed in separate accidents during the race.


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