A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days by Derek Tait

By Derek Tait

Do you take into accout glam rock, flares, cheesecloth shirts and chopper motorcycles?
Then it seems like you have been fortunate sufficient to develop up in the course of the Seventies.
Who may put out of your mind all of the glam rock bands of that period, like Slade, Wizard, dust and candy, or singers like Alvin Stardust, Marc Bolan and David Bowie?

What approximately these remarkable television exhibits like Starsky and Hutch, Kojak, Kung Fu and chuffed Days? type incorporated platform sneakers (we all had a pair), flared trousers, brightly patterned shirts with large collars and vibrant kipper ties.
And each person recollects getting ready for energy cuts and that lengthy, scorching summer season of 1976?

So airborne dirt and dust off your house hopper and subscribe to us in this interesting trip via a early life throughout the seventies, with hilarious illustrations and a nostalgic journey down reminiscence lane for all those that grew up during this memorable decade.

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Whereas the trip to school was relatively calm, the one returning home was bedlam. The kids would be screaming and shouting and generally causing havoc, swinging from the bars and jumping on the seats. The driver and the conductors couldn’t do much to control it so didn’t bother most of the time. But it was all pretty harmless fun. Our exams were all taken in the Games Hall – rows and rows of pupils all taking their O Levels and CSEs. It was pretty hard to concentrate. By the time I left school in the late 1970s, things had changed vastly over the decade.

We also had to sit on chairs and watch the assembly and tell kids off who were talking. It was embarrassing even then and, of course, I never told anyone off. Once a week, if you were a prefect, you had to go to one of the staff rooms with the other prefects to have a talk with the local vicar. I think the talk was about forty minutes long and he discussed God and Jesus etc. Seems odd now. Anyway, I never minded because it got me out of class for a while. Violence in the classroom towards kids back then seemed to be almost acceptable.

Indd 60 60 01/09/2014 12:19 Four Cars, Buses and Petrol The 1970s, to me, had some of the best cars. They might have been unreliable rust buckets but they certainly seemed to have plenty of character. The photograph on p. 58 shows my dad cleaning our Vauxhall Viva in about 1971. It was a bonus if it got to the end of the street as it was forever breaking down. There were a lot fewer cars in the street in those days and it was unusual to see any passing traffic. Our immediate neighbours had an Austin Maxi.

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