– it was 50 years ago. . .

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Fifty years ago Eng­land won foot­ball’s World Cup. While Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet tro­phy on July 30, 1966, where were you?

Maybe you were there in the crowd at Wem­b­ley sta­dium, per­haps you lis­tened to the game on the ra­dio.

On the other hand, you could have been like Scot­tish foot­baller De­nis Law. Ap­par­ently, he played a round of golf that af­ter­noon, so he could avoid hear­ing of English suc­cess.

Or per­haps, you were a young mum with small chil­dren to look af­ter, and the whole thing rather passed you by. Maybe you just weren’t a sports fan.

There was, af­ter all, a lot more than foot­ball go­ing on in the sum­mer of ’66. It was the era of The Bea­tles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks.

Fashion mod­els like Jean Shrimp­ton, ac­tors like Michael Caine and top pho­tog­ra­phers such as David Bai­ley shared the head­lines with Alf Ram­sey’s World Cup win­ners.

Prime Min­is­ter Harold Wilson promised an era of rad­i­cal so­cial and eco­nomic change, ush­ered in by the ‘white heat’ of tech­nol­ogy, while Lon­don ‘swung’ and de­sign­ers such as Mary Quant pro­moted the miniskirt.

In our July is­sue, we’ll be re­flect­ing your mem­o­ries of the sum­mer of ’66 – so if you’d like to share them with other read­ers, please write to us at the usual ad­dresses.

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