LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1966

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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.

BUSY BMC

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…

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