AS THIS is my last Flashback Thursday before Christmas, I thought I'd scour the archive for some festive photos.

I have been working on the 1972 archive and I found the Christmas light switch on which was on a considerably smaller scale to recent switch on's.

The Mayor of Basingstoke at the time, Councillor Ludgate flicked the switch to make the town sparkle.

Here is Christmas in Basingstoke 70's style. Wishing all readers of Flashback Thursday a Happy Christmas and thanks for your continued support both with this feature and on my Facebook page.