THE PAST IN COLOUR
It is summer 1964 with a nonuniform terrace looking down to the sea, each house a different colour. A Ford Anglia van faces a Hillman Minx saloon which is about to be passed by a “Baby” Austin A35. Two ladies are busy chatting while a girl manoeuvres her toy pram. The man is standing underneath a metal sign advertising Kensitas cigarettes.
Note the ubiquitous H- shaped television aerials of the period and a narrow trench which has been backfilled along the pavement, with a side branch leading to each home. There has never been any gas here so it must be water or electricity, each of which is possible because mains water was installed around this time and electricity was switched from overhead to underground cables.
Any ideas where it is? If you have ever visited the Inner Hebrides then you might recognise the main street of Bowmore on the southernmost island of Islay, specifically the A486 looking across Loch Indaal towards a promontory known as the Rinns of Islay. The buildings today are all painted white, however and, like the rest of the UK, all the H- shaped television aerials have disappeared.
The picture was taken on the new Kodachrome II film by the late Roger Redfern, who travelled the country recording the past for many years. Does anyone know for certain whether it was gas or electricity being connected and also if the darker coloured tarmac nearest the pavement was associated with it?