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Weekly recalls swinging sixties with new nostalgia publication

If you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t there – or so the old saying goes.

But one weekly newspaper is recalling the turbulent decade and what it meant for its patch with a new 48-page nostalgia publication.

The Cheddar Valley Gazette’s ‘Swinging Sixties’ hit the streets last week priced £1.

It charts the history of the trend-setting period and its impact on mid-Somerset in particular, through interviews with some of the key local figures of the time as well as archive reports and pictures.


“The 1960s saw change in all aspects of life and the Mid Somerset Series of newspapers was there to reflect these changes on a local level,” says Clare Blackmore, who compiled the material for the 48-page publication.

Different sections cover the music, films, fashion, cars and employment opportunities of the time, while a section on technology reports on the first firm to install a computer in Wells, in 1966.

Other sections are devoted to weather – the Big Freeze of 1963 and the Great Storm of 1968 – and one of the most popular sports of the mid-1960s, wrestling.

Editor Bede MacGowan said: “Hats off once again to the dream team of Clare and chief sub Andy Vallis for another fantastic nostalgia publication. Clare does all this purely as a labour of love, she is an absolute diamond.”

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  • November 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

    What aspects of life *specifically* changed in the 60s in mid-Somerset?

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