What was life like in 1970’s Britain ?

What was life like in 1970’s Britain ?

British culture from the 1970'sThis was a decade of disruption which started with the monetary change from pounds, shillings and pence to decimalisation which was a huge challenge for everyone. Strikes were rife, the three-day week was launched in 1972 to save on electricity. The country entered the Common Market after an overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote. The Arab-Israeli war in 1973 caused a shortage of oil and as a result petrol prices soared, inflation reached 26% by 1975. A drought in 1976 resulted in a severe water shortage and water restrictions were implemented. The decade of strikes culminated in the winter of discontent when ITV was off the air for five months. Read more below to find out what life was like in 1970’s Britain :

Pop-music influenced fashion first with glam rock and then punks who wanted to shock with their cropped hair and sculptured, coloured hair. At the end of the decade skinhead culture emerged with crew cuts and ‘bovver’ boots. Men and women wore flared trousers and platform shoes. On one end of the scale were hot pants and the other end were maxi coats and dresses. Designer labels started to appear on the outside of the garments to make a style statement.

After the success of Coronation Street on the television other ‘soaps’ starting with Crossroads that was based in the Midlands and then Emmerdale Farm from the Yorkshire Dales. Children’s programmes featured Rainbow and Bagpuss. Adults enjoyed On the Buses, Kojak and The New Avengers.

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Better, more realistic films were released and caused people to return to the cinema after the decline in the 1960’s. There was Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood, The Godfather with Marlon Brando, The Last Tango in Paris and Cabaret starred Liza Minelli and Steven Spielberg’s film Jaws with it’s gripping music all played a part. John Travolta starred in Saturday Night Fever and Grease and Star Wars won seven Academy Awards including one for visual effects.

Oh, and don’t forget that wonderful summer of 76′. Water shortage, hose pipe bans, and everyone flocking around the Ice Cream Van when they came round !Fab Lolly

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