Back to the 70s

Vinyl was king in the 70s, albums by Paper Lace and the New Seekers

The 70s was the decade of flared trousers (first time around), of glam rock and Blue Nun. Would you like to go back?

Do you remember?

Your memories of the 70s:

" I used to read Jackie mags and follow Slade around. I earned 4 16 shillings in my first office job in 1970. Happy days. " Jan

"Feathered haircut, cheesecloth top/dresses barely covering my ass. Pretty lace up grecian sandals or clogs, jeans flared and the threads undone on the bottom painstakingly. Smock tops tie die tight t shirts and RAF jackets or coats. Never could afford an Afghan coat and so wanted one! Did have love beads and a variety of very large crosses and Ankhs. 15 in love fuck it attitude and life as yet a mystery I am 55 now and wish i could go back and smell the patchouli oil one more time " carolyn grant

"I'd go back in a flash. 1975 was my favourite year. I was 19. I felt like I'd been liberated that year. The world was mine even though I hadn't two pennies to rub together. I'd go back alright, and I'd stay..... " Jan

"The 70's were the decade I grew up-literally. Surpassing both my parents' height, creeping into my sisters bedroom after she had flitted to the pub with her 6th form mates, carefully placing the LP onto the turntable, learning all the lyrics from gate fold sleeves, trying on her platfoms in order for her to be swayed into buying me a pair with her Saturday jobs' wages, cutting out anything to do with BOWIE from her discarded magazines, getting up early for my paper round, the day heating up incredibly quickly in 76,lying in the back garden with the BUSH radio blasting out Radio One, SPARKS, "Afternoon Delight\", SAILOR, Jim Croce, hanging the stereo speakers out of the back bedroom window when parents went out and playing my fave tunes.

Hide & Seek across the estate which included each others' back gardens and wash houses, going onto the "back field" (mounds of earth displaced from the M56 being built) and pretending to be on the (pre grass) moon and (post overgrown) another fantasical planet, getting 50p spends and laying on a sat. afternoon banquet for my mates, including sausage and chip barmcakes, dandelion & burdock, curly wurlys, setting up a tent like den in case of on coming rain clouds which threatened to (try&) spoil our summer holidays, travelling the Rhyl, North Wales every year for our hols and being freaked out when we travelled to Torquay in 77' and experiencing everyones grief when ELVIS passed on, "A Star Is Born" with Streisand, Dr WHO, my first X films - "CARRIE" & "The Boys In Blue", my first bottle of cider on the back fields, my first kiss, The EAGLES at Stafford Bingley Hall, BOWIE in 76 & 78, 10cc, WINGS, my inital foray into the world of punk@ The Ranch in Manchester, having my sister showing me how not to dance,"o" levels and meeting my best friend " Tom Jones

"Scientists have undertaken tests, you know, to find out when people were at their most happiest ever. The result: 1976! Yeah, but, we already knew that! Was 1976 all it's cracked up to be? " Adele Jameson

"Horror Bags (crisps), Bubble-gum football cards / Star Wars cards, Six Million Dollar Man toys, seemingly never-ending summer holidays - always hot and sunny, and 'playing out' all day long -those really WERE the days!!! " John Waudby

" I want to go back, life held so much promise then dispite all the strikes and the 'troubles' and yes summers did seem longer and warmer. A Simpler life, and we were all a lot happier " helen lowe

"they were the best days of my life,life was so simple and yet fun no worries then like we have today every thing was just pure fun and laughter, i wish we could bring them days back, i remember getting my first chopper bike in 1970 when i was 11 yrs old and my sister got the chipper bike that she rode on christmas day fell off it and broke her arm,i found a chipper bike in a skip last year have stripped it but not got round to do it up just to bring them memories flooding back,ahh they were the days " jphn

"Life really was so much simpler back then. I remember waking up on Saturday mornings and watching cartoons and eating Frankenberry cereal. Sigmund and the sea monsters, Land of the lost, and H.R. Puffenstuff. Playing with all my friends and building forts in the woods. I was 12 years old in 75 and it was the best times of my life. I would hope on a time machine in an instant to relive those wonderful days. " Mark

"i remember the summer of 1976 because the canal in Alrewas dried up and you could walk a cross the buttom,but you couldnt go skinny dipping " wendy

"I remember UK holidays in Bournemouth and Looe, Saturday morning TV that included White Horses and Zorro (both in black and white), The Banana Splits and the Flashing Blade (my favourite)! Also The Wombles, The Wurzels, Slade, Gary Glitter, David Dundas, Tiger Tokens, The Basil Brush Show, Dr. Who (Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker), Blake's Seven, Van Der Valk, Eye Level, George Best, Martin Chivers, JPR Williams, Gareth Edwards, Joe Bugner, Henry Cooper, Kevin Keegan, Ally's Tartan Army, Nottingham Forest FC, Leeds Utd., Man. Utd., Arsenal, Sailing (Rod Stewart), Survivors, Grease, Star Wars, Abba, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Happy Days, the Queens Silver Jubilee, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, going to Church, Sister Dominic, being in the cubs, Roots, A Bridge Too Far, Airfix kits, Airfix toy soldiers, Action Man (you could sit on the Armoured Car and go down a hill on it!), Tonka Toys the Saturday night movie, The Pink Panther (cartoon and films), final score, and the Green 'Un paper. Not only the Raleigh Chopper but the Raleigh Budgie and Grifter (an early BMX??), my Raleigh Arena 5-speed racer and all the people who aren't here anymore. The list goes on........ " Jason

"The 70s to me was the best time to grow up. remembering TV programmes like The Double Deckers, glam rock music, space hoppers, Raleigh Chopper bike. In 1975 I was 12 yrs old and I can still remember those days like it was yesterday. I even have the Double Deckers on DVD now just to bring back those memories. I'm always looking on retro web sites. How I would love to go back in time......" Ian Johnson

"I remember wowing on Bowie a lot, trying to get my head round Jean Genie lyrics, down came the hem lines; Chekhov, strawberries and Blue Nun in Chichester. Red sunsets from a Shoreham bus. Flower power faded but still wearing the ties and the collars as big as saucers. Big boys don't cry - but I did a lot, in telephone boxes when I couldn't get through and then I'd bury my brain in the ICA in London, sampling Bergman, Maoist agitprop from City Limits and trying to surf Dylan's Planet Waves. Best surf was at Woolacombe - playing Pink Floyd round the clock, crashing in a friends cottage, studying love all the time, hoping Proust could teach me something about it." Pop Burns

"Yes...Please take me there!...Please!..."

"I would love to go back to the 70s. It was the best time to be out discoing. German sweet wines you would never dream of drinking now. Always prawn cocktail, steak and black forest gateaux. I still do 70s night food for friends. Ah, they were the days. Take me back please." Ann Thomas

"Parents caravan, 95 degrees, 85 in the shade! really long long long days...they seem to last for ever. i was 10 years old. memories oh sweet, sherbet dib dabs, half pee chews, and my skateboard with criptonic wheels and my chopper bike! young days " Bob

"peeved off cos i am using somthing from the modern world to justify my reasons for going back to the seventies. life was so simple then (maybe cos we had our parents to wipe up after ourselves) i dunno it was just fun... tank tops, penny collar, parker coats, no do gooders thinking they own the world, i remember when we used to play properly out in the parks, up the street with your friends, having a proper childhood and not growing up to fast (something i am still doing now) these days kids think that if they are not up to date with the latest fashion then they do not fit in. it would be great to give my kids a taste of what we had. i reacon the world wood be a better place for it. " bryan berry

"I really don't belong to 70s, cos I was still at elementary, but the years left so much memories to me. I remembered my brothers and sisters played the songs of beatles all day long and got Elvis's style in many ways. While I enjoy watching Jenny (the TV movie ) every evening. It was long time ago, but it was quite the time that I always miss." ROTI

"life was just less complicated back then, the advent of the internet has taken away the innocence of the younger generation. i remember long summer holidays playing in the woods without fear till late...playing football all day ...Saturday morning tele...wrestling on world of sport.. please sir...miners strikes and powercuts...being poor but making do with what we had.. listening to football on the radio live when man utd playing ...simple foods and no takeaways....penny arrow bars.. beano.. whizzer and chips..god i am old and i hate it." Steve

"My teenage years were in the 70s. I went to a lot of concerts. Life was simpler then. Riding our bikes all day, going to parties (keggers). I love the music of the seventies." Marc

"'Take me bak home' To the 70s, best years of my life, no pc's, always out in the fresh air doing something, slim, healthy, fantastic clothes, great tv shows, super music and life was so full you didn't have time to stress or be down, you could go from one job to another wages seemed to cover our simple needs, we walked everywhere, hairstyles where wow and first love's kisses and slow smooches were the biz, so email me when you got a time machine pleaz." Bernadette,Kent

"The clothes, hotpants, platform shoes, flares, staypress trousers, ben sherman shirts. Brut aftershave, Estee Lauder perfume. Glam rock, The Sweet, TRex, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Mud and on it goes. "

"Life was more carefree, not so much violence, no binge drinking, easy to get to places. Charabang trips to Skeggy. Hot summers, cold winters. "

"Happy dayssssssssssss " Dale Shaylor

"Life was simplier and sweeter glam rock, lazy summer days, choper bikes and space hoppers. Chinese meant going to a resturant (no takeaways). Telly programmes were space 1999, tiswas, saturday night specials in the summer season. The clothes were fantastic so bright loved tye-dye t-shirts. I was a teenager in those hazy happy days how I wish I could go back " lorna, fife

"yeah, the 70's sound great but i think it sounds cool (im only 13) because michael jackson and many other fantastic singers were alive and making music!!! " Cydnei

"I grew up in the 70s and echo what everyone else is saying about those days being much better. I remember playing happily with my friends every day of the 6 week holidays - skipping games with an old washing line, French skipping with elastic, hopscotch, two-balls up against the wall or riding bikes round the neighbourhood (getting sunburnt because nobody seemed to wear sun cream!). I would empty all the tins out of my mum's pantry to play shop or make a den by putting a sheet over the kitchen table. I'd sit under it for hours with my dolls and an Enid Blyton book! I know most people look back fondly at their childhood because they were young and carefree but I really do think it was far better when people were happy with the simpler things in life and not preoccupied with political correctness! The world's gone mad :) " Kate

"The seventies were definitely the best time of my life. Bands at Sheffield City Hall. The amazing clothes, the smell of patchouli. I have to admit to still buying what now are 'vintage' clothes. Leather jacket, cowboy boots ha ha.

I played drums in a few bands then, The Stereo's from the Sheffield area being one of them. Playing the Crazy Daisy and the Black Swan in Sheffield. Lots of lovely girls..steady Kev. Still playing but not the same any more. I would definitely return to the 70s. Where's me time machine mate? " Kev Richardson. Sheffield

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Your comments

"Just finished an absolutely brilliant book called '1970's Billericay Boy' by bestselling author Peter jaggs. All about the author's school life, football hooliganism, the local fair, starting work in terrible jobs, the food, music, media and entertainment industries of the decade and much more. Sad and funny at the same time and as quirky and offbeat as the Seventies were themselves,it will bring the memories flooding back. You can get it on Amazon in paperback or e-book form." Lee Tribe 11/11/2015
"Going to Spencer Park school off Wandsworth Common, coal fires, pink elephant paraffin, real Christmasses, starting on Christmas Eve! Morecambe n Wise, Queen's speech, mum n dad carrying one special prezzie up to our bedrooms and pretending not to hear them! Christmas dinner, Blue Nun wine, prawn cocktails, three penny buts in the Christmas pud! Long walks after, Chelsea n Man U teams, steam trains, penny for the guy, black cherry cheese cake and Liebfraumilch pianist at Saturday morning cinema, sherry trifle, double cream on my Ready Brek, poached eggs, Watch with Mother on the 'radio'...Fab hols in Cornwall, Whitsands.." Chris Barnett 12/11/2015
"Getting caned at school and home. My old mans belt and knowing when to scarper when the level in his glenfiddich bottle got below the antlers on the bottle. Plasters and black eyes on my mum. I remember our coal cellar where i was given time to reflect on my sins and transgressions. Im 50 and from Rochdale i live in the pacific northwest northwest of the u.s.a. i run from the living and the dead. You can keep england in the 70's there's not enough tizer or vimto to make it worth it." Simon 24/03/2016
"the 70s was a wonderful time to to be young and 1976 was the best year in that decade for me,it was the summer of all summers, blue skies great music and there was a feelgood factor all round, back then we had a future to look forward to sadly not so much to day id go back in a flash." kevin gannon 21/04/2016
"many happy memories early 70s in my 20s hippee type of guy music festivals everything was sort of changing which made it so exciting for me to much really to write down here will post more when it can brilliant years love to relive them" frank 30/04/2016
"Wednesday Play on television, which stopped then followed by Play for Today. I stopped watching tv several decades ago due to my nostalgia for this era and the quality. Streets of London were traffic free, airplanes had leg room, you went out for an 'Indian' or 'Chinese', restaurants had flock wallpaper. Evenings you went down the pub, or had a jamming session in your flat with those you shared with, no gadgets then, the post work world was face to face social and creativity. Best years of my life however frightening inflation was." F.Stewart 19/06/2016
"I loved the 70s. At last I've found people like me! I would go back now if I could. I was 10 in 1970 so grew up with all the great music. Well I started with David Cassidy and Osmonds but of course we had Bowie, Stones, all that rock music Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Bad Company - I could go on forever. Then we had Coronation Street when it was good, Opportunity Knocks on Monday nights. Bus fare was 31/2p, half a lager was 13p, fags were something like 19p for Rothmans, Drug Store in the Kings Road, Marquee, Nashville, Round House where I first saw The Police. I'm sure there was more sex on telly then too! I went from candlewick bedspreads to duvets. Magazines for me were Jackie, Fab 208, Mirabelle. Someone stop me now!" Carolyn 31/07/2016
"If you wanted an wonderful and entertaining life you wouldn't have had a better one than growing up in the 70s. Life was just fantastic. Shame your parents and your kids missed it. I wouldn't have missed it for the world just glad my parents had me when they did." townie 25/08/2016
"Yep. 70's. Cant beat it. Strikes, massive inflation, trains that the unions would never let go anywhere. Rubbish not picked up. 3 day week. Dad in Civil Service, on strike too. And IMF bailout. As a kid it was great, for adults, not so much. Now I work long hours, no overtime. But can get to work, due to unions unable to stop trains. I own my house, due to hard work. So..70's stay there I am happy and busy here." Andrew Purchase 08/09/2016
"Just read a book called `Cutting in` by Zac Scott, set in 1974 East London. It's rude and with a lot of swearing, but is a brilliant read, the funniest book I have read in a long time! Would highly recommend it!" Robbie 06/10/2016
"I was born in 1965 and I wish everyday I could go back. I was listening to music the other at my desk at work and just started crying because I was having a flashback of good times. The older I get the more intense the feelings are of missing those days :(" Holly Hill 20/10/2016
"I'd go back in an instant. Even though it wasn't all good - terrorism, labour disputes and inflation - it was still an easier, simpler time to live, Houses were plentiful and affordable then. I spent every summer with my friends on our bikes exploring the countryside. The 70s also opened up foreign travel - USA at the start of the decade was an impossible dream, then £99 for a Florida package holiday in 1979. I remember the BA hostess who was their poster girl, Laker Airways (I flew with them once, 6 months before they went bust) and the Charlie perfume ads with their model in locations around the world. Exciting times as the world was opening up, yet nowhere near as complicated as today. Beam me back to the 70s, Scotty!" Jackie 27/11/2016
"I'd like to travel back to the 70s, too, though for different reasons from those given above. I was a slight, skinny kid who was forced to play rugby on a freezing field. I'd like to say to my P.E. teacher, when he insisted that I try to tackle some bruiser who was twice my size, 'Sir, do you have a problem with a perception of reality? Some blockage of the old cognitive process, perhaps? Because if you reckon I'm going to tackle him, and risk broken bones just to make you happy, you'll just have to think again, you neo-Nazi prick.' I also have some fond memories of the 70s, but the decade wasn't all great. People who try to say otherwise are kidding themselves." Dave Leavold 10/01/2017
"My adolescence/teens were the seventies so I have such strong memories of the decade. It was naff, bad, awful, hilarious and downright scary at times (remember the power cuts??)Then music scene is probably what I remember most fondly, ranging as it did from the 'bubble-gum' pop of the late sixties through Glam, Punk and ending with New Wave/New Romantics. Has there ever been another decade with such a diverse musical swing? I think not.

Yes, people of a certain age will romanticise the seventies, much as they do the sixties, but it's the decade that formed me as a person and it's the decade that lives longest - and fondest - in my memories. I would not change that for anything! :-)" Andy M 23/03/2017
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