LOSE YOURSELF IN 1976
FAREWELL TO SID JAMES
Sidney James, the South Africanborn character actor, best-known for his comedy, died on stage on 26 April during a performance at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.
SOUTHAMPTON WINS CUP
Thanks to an 83rd-minute goal from Bobby Stokes – who was subsequently rewarded with a place in Saints history plus a new Granada from Ford – Southampton won their first major trophy on 1 May when they defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley. Any Sotonian of a certain age will remember the 250,000-strong crowds celebrating the team’s open-top bus tour.
THE HEAT WAVE
The period from 23 June to 7 July saw England regularly experience temperatures in excess of 32 degrees C and the 28 June is a day I particularly remember, as in Southampton the thermometer reached 35.6 degrees. It was certainly not a time to be travelling in a vinyl-upholstered Citroën Dyane, regardless of the amount of Space 1999 iced lollies consumed throughout the journey.
SEX PISTOLS ON TELLY
Or ‘ The Filth and the Fury!’, to quote the famous Daily Mirror headline. The Sex Pistols were invited on the early evening news programme Today on 1 December as a last-minute substitute for Queen – where host Bill Grundy goaded them into uttering various obscenities. What is noticeable today is how nervous some of the band members seem, and the quaintness of the word ‘rotter’.
Notorious Today clip was the making of the Sex Pistols.
Sid James – partly responsible for Andrew Roberts.