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The Cartridge Years: 1971, 1985 and 1995

This week Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from the June of 1971, 1985 and 1995.

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

Plus tracks from his featured album of the week, Electric Light Orchestra’s 1977 album Out of the Blue.

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.

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3 hours

Last on

Sun 23 Jun 2013 14:00

June 1971

June 1971
  • Prime Minister Edward Heath was chosen to lead the British Admirals Cup yacht race entry.
  • Teachers in the National Union of Schoolmasters were on strike.  Pupils on the Isle of Wight walked out in support of their teachers.
  • Cigarettes carrying a Government warning began to appear in the shops.
  • Teachers in the National Union of Schoolmasters were on strike.  Pupils on the Isle of Wight walked out in support of their teachers.
  • Education Minister Margaret Thatcher promised a conference of education officers in Eastbourne, there would be more money available for primary school buildings.
  • Airline BOAC cancelled their order for three Boeing jumbo jets.
  • The annual race relations board report criticised prejudice in housing and in social life.
  • Police were treating as arson, a fire in London's Inverness Terrace in which two people were killed. Nine people were killed in another recent fire in a hotel in Bayswater. 
  • The city of York was celebrating it's 1900th anniversary.
  • The annual London to Calais powerboat race started from Tower Bridge.
  • One hundred revellers were arrested at the Reading pop festival.
  • Eight thousand protesters in Birmingham demanded an inquiry into the working of the Abortion Act.
  • The government announced an extra £500 million would be spent on completing a network of motorways around England.
  • Three Russian cosmonauts were found dead when Soyuz 11 landed.

June 1985

June 1985
  • The fifth warship to bear the name "Ark Royal" was handed over to the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.
  • Southampton factory 'A.C. Spark Plugs' started manufacturing new catalytic convertors, designed to cut down exhaust fumes in vehicles.
  • The workforce at the British Hovercraft Corporation in Cowes were facing possible redundancy after the chairman of the parent company 'Westland' resigned. 
  • The centre of Southampton was sealed off for five hours after a suspect package was found inside the rail tunnel.
  • The Rt. Rev. Colin James was enthroned as Bishop of Winchester.
  • The Purbeck Stone Heritage Festival took place at Swanage 
  • The P&O liner 'Sea Princess' was delayed in Southampton after a 24 hour strike by the crew in protest over planned changes in employment conditions.
  • The Red Funnel tugs celebrated their centenary in Southampton.
  •  English seaside towns were on alert after the IRA threatened a summer bombing campaign
  • Five of the six people charged with the Brighton hotel bombing were brought to London for trial.
  • A woman & teenage girl were killed in an accident at a primary school fete in Somerset. 
  • Thirty-nine American hostages were released from Beirut.
  • Aircraft officials were investigating a crash involving an Air India jet.

June 1995

June 1995
  • Portsmouth docks marked the 500th anniversary of the world's first dry dock.
  • Patients at Southampton General Hospital had their operations cancelled after bags of blood were found with faulty heat seals.
  • Southampton FC Manager Alan Ball left the club to join Manchester City.
  • Over 200 jobs were lost at the Marconi factory in Hilsea.
  • The £8 million ROMANSE traffic control centre in Southampton was branded a waste of money by local residents, who claimed the new system had slowed traffic too much.
  • There was an open day at the Portland Navy base.
  • A body was found below the cliffs on Portland Bill.
  • The actor Hugh Grant returned to England for the first time since his arrest with a prostitute in Los Angeles.
  • An earthquake, registering a moment magnitude of 6.2, hit the city of Aigio in Greece, resulting in several deaths and significant damage to many buildings.
  • The IOC selected Salt Lake City to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • Japanese police rescue 365 hostages from a hijacked All Nippon Airways Flight 857 at Hakodate airport. 
  • South Africa won the Rugby World Cup.
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir space station for the first time.