Nice idea for a thread. Things were so different then as you well know. Back then ANYBODY could get a job in Britain or Western Europe or the USA. In the early 60s when I was a teenager my Dad who was an old time Socialist said to me that the Western economies were doomed to be buggered because out in the Far East people would work 16 hours a day for a bowl of rice, which I thought was a rather outlandish idea back then but that's basically what's happening now.
Great posts here, thanks. Born in 1945, I was there too.
Thans Stephen - looking forward to some of your memories or impressions of 1961. You are my sister's age - a little older than me but then I was 3 going on 13!
Although many of the nation's households had television by 1961 it was very much an evening entertainment medium and radio accompanied many household chores and of course many of the nation's factories tuned in to 'Music While You Work'.
We didn't have Tv as my parents disapproved of it. All of the great news stories of that period came to me via the radio. These included the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Death of JFK as well as news of the execution of James Hanratty.
Here is a selection of theme tunes that punctuated the day's radio broadcasting and are so familiar to me - and I would think some other contributors to the A6 thread:
The radio newsreel theme was a signal for me that bedtime had arrived. I can clearly remember marching one cicuit of the parlour before marching out of the door and down the hall to the stairs. That must be why I was so keen to join the Girls Brigade!
Listening to a football match on the radio might seem odd to youngsters these days but as a child the Sports Report theme was always exciting as it meant hearing the highlights of the big games and of course the results! Today - when I can't get to see Peterborough United - I still listen to games on Radio Cambridgeshire.
I think the great train robbery was in 1961?
I seem to remember that New Brighton Fairground and Blackpool Fairground were fantastic places to go---lots of people went over at the weekend and put their "kiss-me-quick" hats on.These days it would probably be a "t shirt" with the "kiss me" on it but with something crude added on!
My nan and me used to love playing the one armed bandits---we won quite a lot of money----then I would go skating with the winnings!
The local Sunday school used to organize coach trips to such places as Chalkwell and Walton on the Naze. There was something nice about being in a coach full of people. And I think it usually ended with a fish and chip supper before coming home.
Do they still sell toffee apples at seaside resorts? I used to bite off the toffee and throw away the apple.
Cliff is on there I note Robert!
Yes Julie --I remember willing the wheels too!
Andy often went to Battersea Fun Fair -in fact quite a few friends enjoyed it but I reckon it couldn"t have been as good as Blackpool!They had the best big dipper in the world!
Everyone raves about the Beatles' songwriting, and rightly so, but when you look back you find that people like the Shadows, the Hollies and Gerry and the Pacemakers were coming up with some great stuff of their own too. It was a remarkable explosion of songwriting.
It was indeed Robert.And only a year later the Stones got together.Keith Richards was on tv only last night talking about meeting up with Mick Jagger in 1961 in a South London train---they had been to primary school together and lost touch and they discovered on that train journey that they were both into the same blues music.This is what their particular brand of music grew out of.Keith was very interesting looking at the way Elvis,from the moment he burst on the scene with "Heartbreak Hotel", seemed to be this huge catalyst for change-turning at a stroke the ration based Britain of the 40"s and early 50"s to the place that rocked in the 60"s! Richards paid massive tribute to the black soul music of Muddy Waters and the influence of Chuck Berry.He was very impressive in his interview.
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Yes I saw some of the interview. When he said about sitting on the stairs playing and his mum thought it was the radio, reminded me that Bill Nelson (I think) told a story about how he was playing guitar upstairs and his dad thought it was the record player. These guys were very good very young.