LOSE YOURSELF IN 1973
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.