LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1973

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LON­DON BRIDGE IS… BE­ING DIS­MAN­TLED

HM Queen El­iz­a­beth II opened the new Lon­don Bridge in March. There had been a cross­ing over the River Thames at the same point since Ro­man times, but when it was dis­cov­ered, in 1967, that it was sink­ing, it was dis­man­tled and sold to an Amer­i­can en­tre­pre­neur who re­con­structed it in Lake Havasu City, Ari­zona. The present Lon­don Bridge cost £4 mil­lion to build and is formed of three con­crete spans stretch­ing a to­tal of 928 feet.

FIRST OF THE SUM­MER WINE

The de­but episode of this new BBC sit­u­a­tion com­edy was broad­cast in Jan­uary, and proved so en­dur­ing that it sur­vived 31 se­ries and 295 shows un­til 2010, be­com­ing the world’s long­est-run­ning sit­com in the process.

Last of the Sum­mer Wine fo­cused on the ex­ploits of three York­shire pen­sion­ers de­ter­mined to do any­thing but act their ages. The orig­i­nal line-up was Bill Owen (who played Compo Sim­monite), Peter Sal­lis (Norman Clegg) and Michael Bates (Cyril Blamire).

Michael dropped out in 1976 and was re­placed by Brian Wilde as Wal­ter ‘Foggy’ De­whurst, with other char­ac­ters mak­ing up the gang of three in later years. LOTSW also in­tro­duced the un­likely sex sym­bol of Nora Batty and her fa­mous wrin­kled

The orig­i­nal Last of the Sum­mer Wine line-up from 1973. Bath not pic­tured. stock­ings, plus the un­usual con­cept of us­ing a bath­tub as a means of trans­port.

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