I added some 1976 wedding cards to my archives some while ago.
This is one of my favourites. Really typical of the 70s.
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The 1976 cards were sent to Michael and me. We've recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary when we dug out the wedding photos and enjoyed several walks down Memory Lane.
The summer of 1976 was one of the UK's most memorable heat waves.
The hot weather started in mid-June and lasted until the end of August. It included 15 consecutive days where a maximum temperature of 32C or more was recorded somewhere in the UK. It was one of the most prolonged heat waves within living memory and it lead to a severe drought.
Below average rainfall was recorded from May 1975 to August 1976 making summer 1976 (June, July, August) the 2nd driest summer on record (dating back to 1910) behind 1995.
Parts of the south west went 45 days without any rain in July and August. The hot, dry weather affected domestic water supplies leading to widespread water rationing and queuing for water at standpipes in the street.
The National Water Council took out full page ads in newspapers on how to 'beat the drought' advising steps such as only taking a bath if absolutely necessary and using no more than five inches of water.
As crops failed and food prices subsequently increased, a Drought Act was passed by the government and plans to tanker water in from abroad were discussed. Heath and forest fires broke out in parts of southern England, with 50,000 trees being destroyed in Dorset alone. Massive swarms of seven-spotted ladybirds occurred across the country, with the British Entomological and Natural History Society estimating that by late July 23.65 billion of them were swarming across the southern and eastern coasts of England. The population explosion occurred because a warm spring had meant there were many aphids, the ladybirds' food prey; as the hot weather dried the plants on which the aphids fed, the aphid populations collapsed, causing the ladybirds to swarm to try to find food elsewhere.
The drought broke in the last week of August shortly after the appointment of Dennis Howells as the government Minister for Drought with severe thunderstorms bringing rain to some places for the first time in weeks. September and October 1976 were both very wet months.
Michael and I were married on the last Saturday in July. The sky was a cloudless, vivid blue until half an hour before the ceremony when a freak shower dampened the dust and freshened the roses beside the path to the church. Otherwise everything went to plan and we had a lovely wedding day.
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Cabbage and Semolina
Jam for Tea
A Single To Filey
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FAMILY TREE PAGE
I've been trying to build a family tree page for ages and not getting very far. So this week I've scrapped the old one and started again. I've put in a section for our grandparents first and I'm planning over the winter to collect the documents I've got for each individual, scan them and add them to the respective pages. Hopefully this will be a more successful approach than the last one. Watch this space!
mIf you've looked at my 1947 Diary Page you'll know I've got a diary kept by my mum in the first few months of that year. As 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the diary I'm planning to tweet the diary entries each day as written by my mum. As I wrote in one of my earlier blogposts, my mum would have been a twitter natural! See Twitter 1947 style. More details of my 1947 Diary Twitter project soon.
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I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK