LOSE YOURSELF IN 1966
TAY WE WERE
The Queen Mother opened the Tay Road Bridge – at 1.4 miles one of the longest in Europe – on 18 August 1966. Consisting of 42 spans, the bridge, crossing the Firth of Tay from Newport-on-Tay in Fife to Dundee, took three-and-a half years to build and cost £6 million.
The British Motor Corporation, which had been formed with the merger of Austin and Morris in 1952, effectively ceased to be in 1966 after it merged with Jaguar to form British Motor Holdings. BMC had announced 12,000 redundancies from its 190,000 workforce in 1966. Many more would follow…
SILLY MOO DEBUTS
BBC comedy Till Death Us Do
Part began its first series. Warren Mitchell stared as racist East London patriarch Alf Garnett, with his long-suffering family including wife Else (Dandy Nichols) aka ‘Silly Moo’. The idea was to ridicule bigotry, but sadly some people thought Alf was a great philosopher.
LABOUR FORCE CUTS
Labour Home secretary Roy Jenkins announced that police forces in England and Wales would be reduced from 117 to 49, to improve efficiency and fight crime. Previously, most cities had their own force. Despite buying Volvos, Hampshire Constabulary survived.
Alf Garnett – not to be taken seriously.
Hampshire survived its Swedishness.
British Leyland was imminent…