THIS week I feature another collection of photographs and news from 50 years ago in 1969.

This was the year that the new Basingstoke town centre continued to expand. 

Well-established names such as Boots and WH Smiths moved from their Top of The Town locations into the new centre.

Also in this year:

• Tony Blackburn was the presenter of the Radio 1 Breakfast show

• The Beatles performed together for the final time, on the rooftop of Apple Records. The impromptu concert was broken up by the police

• The Raleigh Chopper wheelie bike for children was launched.

• American film actress and singer Judy Garland died.

• Lulu the elephant ran amok on the BBC children’s show Blue Peter.