THIS week, we take a look back 48 years to 1970.

In Basingstoke, The Sports Centre officially opened in June, and the first patch of earth was dug at Basing View for the new AA head office.

Elsewhere in the news:

•Paul McCartney announces that he has left the Beatles

•British Leyland announced that the Morris Minor, its longest running model which had been in production since 1948, would be discontinued at the start of next year and be replaced with a new larger car available as a four-door saloon and three-door fastback coupe, and possibly a five-door estate by 1975.

•American rock star Jimi Hendrix, 27, died in London from a suspected drug-induced heart attack

•The first Page Three girl appeared in The Sun newspaper

•Richard Branson started the Virgin Group with discounted mail-order sales of popular records