IN JULY, I featured the year 1970 in Basingstoke.

The archive is so vast I decided to do a part two.

Basingstoke was a very different place in 1970. Eastrop Park hadn’t opened, there was no hospital as we know it now, and the building work for our main tall landmark, the AA building, had just started.

On TV:

•Jon Pertwee makes his first appearance as the Third Doctor in Doctor Who. It also marks the first time that the series is broadcast in colour.

•ITV airs what is billed as the 1,000th episode of Coronation Street. A souvenir edition of the TV Times was also published for the episode, even though it was, in fact, the 999th.

•Felix Dennis becomes the first person to use the ‘C’ word on British television during a live broadcast of The Frost Programme.

In music:

•The Beatles officially split up after 10 years

•The final Isle Of Wight Festival until its relaunch in 2002 is held between August 26 and 30 1970 at Afton Down. Music headliners included Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, The Moody Blues and Donovan

•Jimi Hendrix makes his last appearance at Ronnie Scotts Club in London. Hendrix, aged 27, died on September 18, 1970, from a drug overdose at his London hotel.

Here is news from the Gazette archive at the start of the decade.

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