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The Cartridge Years: 1963, 1974 and 1993

This week Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from the August of 1963, 1974 and 1993.

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

Plus tracks from his featured album of the week, The Walker Brother’s 1975 album No Regrets.

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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Sun 4 Aug 2013 14:00
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August 1963

August 1963
  • The Duke of Edinburgh was one of thousands of competitors taking part in Cowes Week.
  • A record breaking 130 yachts set off from Cowes in the Fastnet Race. 
  • A six million pound contract was awarded to Tyneside ship builders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson, to build two new mail ships for the Union Castle company.
  • Production was increased at the world's largest cable factory in Southampton.
  • There was bank holiday travel chaos for those heading south on the trains, after signalling cables were damaged after a fire outside Waterloo station. 
  • The bank holiday was marred by wet weather.
  • A protestor scaled the new 500ft Post Office tower and unfurled a 10ft banner at the end of the crane's jib on behalf of the charity OXFAM.
  • The great train robbery took place in Buckinghamshire.  £2.5 million was stolen in the raid on the Royal Mail service from Euston to Glasgow.
  • Museum and institution attendants were on strike.
  • At the age of 17, Claudia MacPherson became the youngest person to swin the channel
  • Donald Campbell's land speed record attempt in Australia was called off because the test site was flooded. with Bluebird.  
  • Thousands of pounds worth of property, including works of art, was stolen from the Kensington home of Mr Michael Sieff, a Marks and Spencers director.
  • The eleventh world scouts Jamboree has opened in Greece. 
  • White City in London hosted the UK athletics championships.

August 1974

August 1974
  • Radio 1 roadshow was in Poole with Emporer Rosko.
  • Tall ships were in Portsmouth having completed a race from la-Coruna. 
  • Cowes week was in full swing.
  • There was a bomb scare as HM Queen left Southampton for a cruise on board Britannia.
  • Thousands of fish were found dead in the river stour.
  • The Bournemouth baby show was underway.
  • The Queen of Duke of Edingburgh were aboard the Polaris nuclear sub 'Resolution' at Faslane, Dunbartonshire.
  • Britain's latest military aircraft - Hawker Siddeley Hawk was shown to public for first time at Dunsfield, Surrey.
  • 100,000 people lined the streets of Birmingham for 2 cycle races through the city.
  • Vehicles were hijacked & set on fire to protest against te 3rd anniversary of internment by the British Army in Northern Ireland.
  • Brendan Foster clipped 2.5 seconds off the world record for the 3,000 meters.
  • Nine Canadians were when Syria shot down a Beirut to Damascus flight.
  • The FA Charity Shield was between Leeds United and Liverpool.
  • There were roof top protests at Hull prison.
  • Greece & Turkey were in crisis peace talks over Cyprus
  • President Nixon resigned as Watergate sent shock waves across the world.
  • Half of Bangladesh was under flood water, the official death toll was put at 2,000

August 1993

August 1993
  • A judge was criticised for comments he made after a rape trial at Winchester Crown Court. He said it was not what he called "The more serious type of rape".
  • Lee Chapman made his debut for Portsmouth in a friendly match against Real Sociedad, which Pompey won 3-0.
  • The Fastnet race started in The Solent.
  • Some of the world's top professional cyclists left Portsmouth on the opening stage of the Tour of Britain. 
  • More than 63,000 people were caught last year claiming unemployment benefit though they had a job.
  • It was feared that the Ukraine may be planning to gain greater control over nuclear weapons deployed there during the Cold War.
  • New drivers who commit motoring offences such as speeding could lose their driving licence and be made to re-take their test, under new government proposals.
  • Prime Minister John Major called for an end to the hostilities in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • A survey by the Consumers Association  found that nine brands of condoms they tested would fail new tests on reliability.
  • Complaints about British Rail reached record levels, according to the passenger watchdog group the Central Transport Consultative Committee. 
  • The Bank of England said that Britain's inflation over the next year will be lower than expected.