Rewind...August 11-16 1977: The day the music died

Swindon Advertiser:

5:29pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE weekend marked the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

REMEMBER WHEN: Love him tender

Swindon Advertiser:

5:24pm Monday 18th August 2014

ELVIS Presley fans all over the world marked the 37th anniversary of his death over the weekend.

Rewind...August 11-16 1969: Pea pickers and Roman pots

Swindon Advertiser:

1:20pm Monday 11th August 2014

THIS week in 1969, the biggest story in the Adver came from Castle Combe – the pretty village rather than the nearby motor racing circuit.

REWIND: When a big Mac reigned supreme

Swindon Advertiser:

1:13pm Monday 11th August 2014

MCILROYS celebrated its 100th birthday in August of 1975 with a big advertising supplement in its local newspaper.

REMEMBER WHEN: Council reveals £66k super computer...but has it got Solitaire?

Swindon Advertiser:

11:25am Monday 4th August 2014

SWINDON Borough Council entered the Computer Age 47 years ago.

Rewind...August 4-9 1971: A fantasy for the future

Swindon Advertiser:

11:29am Monday 4th August 2014

IN the 1960s and 1970s, people assumed a hi-tech future with flying cars and meals in pill form was just around the corner.

Rewind...July 28-August 2 1980: Agincourt all over again

Swindon Advertiser:

8:10am Monday 28th July 2014

A BITTER Anglo-French row, accusations about Dunkirk and a threat by a school vice-principal to shoot a reporter – it’s not often an education story is quite so juicy.

REMEMBER WHEN: A no show by PJ for McIlroys gig

4:07pm Sunday 27th July 2014

HE was already a star but a failed trouser seam would soon make him a notorious one.

Rewind...July 21-26 1974: Tales of flying and fleeing

Swindon Advertiser:

12:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MEMBER of a dedicated yet unsuccessful aviation dynasty was front page news in the Adver 40 years ago today.

REMEMBER WHEN: In praise of Danny

Swindon Advertiser:

11:59am Monday 21st July 2014

DANNY La Rue will be honoured at the Wyvern Theatre later this week to mark what would have been his 87th birthday.

REMEMBER WHEN: The great Cricklade Saxon pot hoax

Swindon Advertiser:

2:14pm Monday 7th July 2014

IT WAS 38 years ago that the Adver broke the story of the Saxon pot that was not.

Rewind...July 7-12, 1968: Floods? you should have been here 46 years ago

Swindon Advertiser:

2:21pm Monday 7th July 2014

AN INTERVIEW with a 21-year-old Justin Hayward only merited a photo and a few paragraphs on an inside page of his local paper this week in 1968.

REMEMBER WHEN: A naughty night out

Swindon Advertiser: A poster advertising the saucy Swindon show

11:44am Monday 30th June 2014

WHEN a most famous adult entertainment star came to Swindon 33 years ago her posters were banned from the buses.

Rewind...June 30-July 5 1976: It was the long hot summer

Swindon Advertiser: Brenda Wozencroft catches some rays in 1976

12:08pm Monday 30th June 2014

THIS week in 1976 it was hot.

Rewind...June 23-28 1981: So who's monkeying around with Terry?

Swindon Advertiser: An urban gorilla lurked behind Terry Wogan when he arrived to open a showhome in Covingham

12:10pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE Eighties weren’t as weird as the Seventies or the Sixties, but you could still find men in gorilla suits on suburban rooftops.

REMEMBER WHEN: Poles apart, but loving Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Honorata Belzki with her mother-in-law Maria Belzki and assorted children

12:34pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

WE’RE used to news stories about how newcomers to Britain are faring, but the Adver was running them well over half a century ago.

Rewind...June 16-21 1977: Stone the crows! It's Charlie

Swindon Advertiser: Charlie Watts in the Adver after his Arts Centre gig

5:28pm Monday 16th June 2014

A MEMBER of perhaps the biggest band in the world played for a 200-strong Arts Centre audience this week in 1977.

REMEMBER WHEN: Swindon schoolboy's was so nearly first Brit in space

Swindon Advertiser: Bruce Patchett photographed in 1978

5:22pm Monday 16th June 2014

HELEN Sharman became Britain’s first astronaut in 1991, ascending to the old Mir space station aboard a Russian Soyuz.

Rewind...June 9-14 1980: Things that went bump in the night

Swindon Advertiser: Perry Boyce, girlfriend Donna and baby Emma say they were plagued by an evil spirit at their Penhill home. The council took their complaint seriously enough to call in an exorcist

2:09pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AN EVIL spirit had the run of a Swindon couple’s home this week in 1980 – and the council was calling in an exorcist.

REMEMBER WHEN: Stars in their eyes

Swindon Advertiser: 20-year-old John Krelli and his Afghan hound

2:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AS regular Rewind readers know, we sometimes invite you to help us out with information about items we find in our files.

REMEMBER WHEN: Morris man courts controversy again

Swindon Advertiser: Desmond Morris promoting The Human Animal in 1994

4:34pm Monday 2nd June 2014

DESMOND Morris was at the centre of a media-driven sex controversy almost exactly 20 years ago.

Rewind...June 2-7 1969: Youth had something to say

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's planning strategy came under fierce scrutiny

4:41pm Monday 2nd June 2014

SOMEWHERE in America, an unnamed five and dime with a six-stringed musical instrument in stock happened to be open on a certain day.

REMEMBER WHEN: A classy cocktail

Swindon Advertiser: The opening of The Goldfinger Tavern

5:25pm Monday 26th May 2014

THIS week we look back to the day when a Highworth pub was opened by the widow of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. May 26-31 1986: The manager they all wanted

Swindon Advertiser: Town fans were delighted to hang on to Lou Macari

5:22pm Monday 26th May 2014

THIS week 28 years ago, thousands of Swindonians were gripped by an agonising ‘will he or won’t he’ saga.

REMEMBER WHEN: We were down with the kids

Swindon Advertiser: We were in touch with the youth of Swindon 20 years ago with this special pull-out

4:59pm Monday 19th May 2014

RECENTLY unearthed from the Adver files is this relic from nearly two decades ago, a young people’s supplement called The Bizz.

Rewind...May 19-24 2000: On top of the world

Swindon Advertiser: David Hempleman-Adams' balloon skims the ice and sea during his 2000 North Pole expedition

5:05pm Monday 19th May 2014

SOME of Swindon’s most famous people made headlines in their hometown newspaper during a single week 14 years ago.

Rewind...May 12-18 1976

Swindon Advertiser: Actors Jack Smethurst, Sally Thomsett and Andrew Knox promote the play All For Mary outside the Wyvern Theatre

1:25pm Monday 12th May 2014

A BRACE of household name sitcom stars came to Swindon this week in 1976.

REMEMBER WHEN: It's a coffin on wheels

Swindon Advertiser: The invalid carriage

1:21pm Monday 12th May 2014

FOUR decades ago the Adver ran a story about some of the most fearless drivers ever to turn an ignition key.

Remembering Diana: The queen of the silver screen

Swindon Advertiser: Diana Dors as a killer on death row in Yield To The Night

3:33pm Monday 5th May 2014

WHICHEVER way you look at it, Diana Dors had a successful movie career.

REMEMBER WHEN: She was a legend

Swindon Advertiser: How the Evening Advertiser covered the death of Diana Doors in its May 5, 1984 edition

3:27pm Monday 5th May 2014

THIS special edition of Rewind is devoted to Diana Dors, who died on May 4, 1984.

Diana Dors...always in the headlines

Swindon Advertiser: Diana Dors in 1982

3:30pm Monday 5th May 2014

AT 14 Diana Fluck was accepted to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Rewind...April 28-May 3, 2003: When Swindon snubbed Les Dennis in his hour of need

Swindon Advertiser: The Wyvern Theatre did not provide Les Dennis with a memorable experience in 2003

3:09pm Monday 28th April 2014

SWINDON was a big Polo Mint, it was all change at the council and poor old Family Fortunes veteran Les Dennis scored a resounding ‘ne-nerrrr’ at the Wyvern Theatre.

REMEMBER WHEN: We don't miss you a bit Thamesdown

Swindon Advertiser: How the Adver reported the demise of Thamesdown

3:02pm Monday 28th April 2014

THIS month has seen the anniversaries of an uncelebrated birth and an unmourned death.

Rewind...April 21-26 1988: Aircraft drama was big news

Swindon Advertiser: The jaw-dropping photograph of the Aloha Airlines Boeing 737, which lost its roof in an explosion over Hawaii

1:03pm Monday 21st April 2014

THIS week in 1988, the Adver’s most spectacular front page picture wasn’t remotely local.

REMEMBER WHEN: Correction...60 years on

Swindon Advertiser: Peter Berrisford with wife Pat

12:57pm Monday 21st April 2014

REWIND today corrects a spelling mistake.

Rewind...April 14-19 1974: Quite a body of work

Swindon Advertiser: Tattoo artist Pedro Carter at work in Swindon

3:48pm Monday 14th April 2014

AT least a fifth of British people are tattooed, if the latest statistics are to be believed.

REMEMBER WHEN: The sailor saved by a shower

Swindon Advertiser: John Marsh pictured in his Royal Navy days

3:40pm Monday 14th April 2014

IN 1942 the British light cruiser HMS Edinburgh was scuttled north of Murmansk, having been wrecked by German torpedoes.

REMEMBER WHEN: Hey, that's me! Scout David spots himself in Rewind to help solve mystery

Swindon Advertiser: David Lacey spotted himself in a Rewind picture published in January

2:56pm Monday 7th April 2014

YET again a Rewind reader has come forward to solve a mystery.

Rewind...April 7-12 1992: Scott's scary bedtime story

Swindon Advertiser: It was a close shave for Scott Symonds, pictured here on his bed with brother John after the ceiling fell in

3:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

THIS week in 1992 the Adver reported roofs falling in on two people.

REMEMBER WHEN: War plane's collision course with Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: The Redhouse estate in Swindon

1:25pm Monday 31st March 2014

THIS week marked the 70th anniversary of a wartime tragedy at what is now a North Swindon housing estate.

Rewind...March 31-April 6 1971: Mr Mad and his crazy crawl

Swindon Advertiser: Mr Mad Hormoz Tabar-Heydar, assisted by fellow student Fred Smithers, crawls his way to Oxford during Swindon rag week

1:07pm Monday 31st March 2014

THIS week in 1971 was the week of Mr Mad. March 24-29, 1978

Swindon Advertiser: Go-go dancer Jay Eden-Wynn with boxer brother Steve

1:07pm Monday 24th March 2014

A ROW of shiny new houses with their own private lake – surely potential occupants would be queuing to snap one up?

REMEMBER WHEN: Girls are getting together

Swindon Advertiser: A get together of past pupils in 1989

1:15pm Monday 24th March 2014

IF you’re one of Drove Road School’s class of ’59, your old friends want to hear from you. March 17-23 1967

Swindon Advertiser: An intriguing puzzle for readers was this competition based on new road signs. How many can you work out? ‘Beware low flying motorbikes’, ‘man trying to put up umbrella’ and ‘Diana Dors lying down’ are wrong answers

3:48pm Monday 17th March 2014

“78 COACHES and Three Trains in Swindon Exodus,” said our front page headline 47 years ago today.

REMEMBER WHEN: Tony stranger to Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Tony Benn at a rally in Swindon in 1981

3:50pm Monday 17th March 2014

THE Adver’s cuttings files contain many stories about visits made by Tony Benn, who died on Friday.

Rewind...March 10-15 1972

Swindon Advertiser: David Odey and his young cousin Paul Browne. In 1792 David led Paul from a burning house in Gloucester street

9:19am Tuesday 11th March 2014

THIS week in 1972 was one a teenager called David Odey would never forget.

REMEMBER WHEN: Special delivery

Swindon Advertiser: One of the postcards dropped over a South Marston airfield on November 26, 1979

9:16am Tuesday 11th March 2014

A PIECE of history dropped from a Hercules aircraft more than 34 years ago has surfaced on eBay.

Rewind...March 3-9 1981: No show Showaddywaddy

Swindon Advertiser: Fans were suited and booted to see their favourite band Showaddywaddy, above, at the Oasis in Swindon in March 1981, but the show was cancelled at short notice because one of the band members was ill

1:22pm Monday 3rd March 2014

“BOPPING MAD!” was our headline when Showaddywaddy had a no-show at the Oasis exactly 33 years ago.

REMEMBER WHEN: Look Who it is

Swindon Advertiser: Doctor Who (John Pertwee) attacked by morris dancers

1:32pm Monday 3rd March 2014

THE other day the Adver ran a piece about Aldbourne’s annual Beating the Bounds Ceremony, in which villagers walk the perimeter of the parish.

REMEMBER WHEN: Poignant day for our Diana

Swindon Advertiser: The day Diana Dors came back to Swindon. Above, at Brunel News in The Parade

12:26pm Monday 24th February 2014

HISTORIC film of Diana Dors at a Swindon book signing has surfaced on YouTube.

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