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The Cartridge years: 1979, 1986 and 1995.

This week Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from June 1979, 1986 and 1995. And he plays three tracks from Ed Sheeran’s 2011 album ‘+’
Richard highlights some of the lighter stories of the week that you may have missed, reviews some of the recent surveys and looks ahead to the news for Monday.
It's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
There is a choice of listening this Sunday afternoon. Richard is on FM, 1359AM, digital radio and online. And there is ball by ball cricket commentary as Hampshire face Worcestershire in the county championship on AM and online.

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3 hours

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Sun 8 Jun 2014 14:00
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June 1979

  • A German tanker 'Tarpenbek' overturned in Sandown Bay.  Work was ongoing to remove the fuel from the ship's tanks.
  • Flight Refuelling Ltd from Wimborne were awarded a £1.5 million defence contract for handling pilot-less aircraft.
  • Villagers in Droxford were surveying the weight of traffic using the A32.
  • Southampton Football Club announced plans to extend their home at The Dell.
  • Edward Heath was again chosen to lad the British team in yachting's America's Cup.
  • The south of England skiing championships were held in Southampton.
  • The Cerne Abbas Giant was being re-chalked.
  • East Hampshire District Council unveilled their new logo - which included a Natterjack toad.
  • Björn Borg defeated Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final to win the Gentlemen's Singles title at Wimbledon Championships. 
  • The Minimum Lending Rate stayed at 14% despite speculation that it would be cut.
  • British Steel announced losses of over £300 million.
  • The price of Petrol increased by between 7p & 9p a gallon.
  • The Industrial Secretary Sir Keith Joseph was considering a review of the Post Office's letter monopoly.
  • Police hunting the killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper published letters from him.
  • British Motor Manufacturers said they would improve the average petrol consumption of cars by 10% by 1985.
  • Two bombs planted by Basque terrorists exploded near hotels on the Costa Del Sol.
  • Princess Anne visited a refugee camp in Thailand.
  • Pope John Paul created 15 new Cardinals increasing the College of Cardinals to 135.

June 1986

  • The Sealife centre in Southsea opened.
  • Hippies set up camp in Stoney Cross in the New Forest.
  • The British Rail "Southern Region" disappeared as Network South East was born.
  • The Queen Eleanor Garden behind the Great Hall in Winchester was opened.
  • I.B.M. invested millions in the manufacture of a new computer memory bank at it's factory in Havant.
  • Armed robbery took place at a post office in Southampton.
  • Prince Andrew & his fiance Sarah Ferguson were in Weymouth for the Royal Gala Show at The Pavilion Theatre.
  • A Saxon graveyard was found in a school playing field in Itchen Abbas.
  • The Schneider Trophy air race took place over the Solent. 
  • The FIFA World Cup was on in Mexico. Southampton goalkeeper Peter Shilton was in the team as England faced Paraguay.
  • America tourists were being flown into London by British Airways in a bid to encourage more transatlantic visitors.
  • David Gower was sacked as England cricket captain.
  • Patrick McGhee was found guilty of bombing the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1984.
  • Ivan Lendle was the top seed at Wimbledon.
  • Former American President Jimmy Carter was on holiday in Wales.

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.