HAPPY New Year and welcome to the first Flashback Thursday of 2019.

This week we take a look back at 1973 in Basingstoke.

Notable events included the opening of the AA’s Fanum House, a strike by bus drivers causing chaos at the bus station, the new Basingstoke District Hospital opening and popular restaurant The Venture being demolished to make way for a new hotel.

1973 was also a notable year for many other events in the UK.

These included:

• Stanley Kubrick’s new film A Clockwork Orange opening in cinemas including the ABC in Basingstoke

• The United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark enter the European Economic Community

• British Leyland launches its new Austin Allegro, a range of two and four door family saloon cars.

• Some Mothers Do Ave 'Em starring Michael Crawford beginning on BBC1

• Pizza Hut opening its first UK restaurant in Islington