Sky was no longer the limit

IF you could walk into a time tunnel and come out the other side in another era, where would you go? Suffolk Coastal councillor DOREEN SAVAGE would go back to the swinging 60s when Britain was the hip place to be.

IF you could walk into a time tunnel and come out the other side in another era, where would you go? Suffolk Coastal councillor DOREEN SAVAGE would go back to the swinging 60s when Britain was the hip place to be.

WHAT opportunities, what fun, great music . . . it's 1969.

People are owning their own homes for the first time - which is thrilling and exciting - and at long last there are proper job opportunities for women and we can move out of the secretarial, shop working, nursing framework into more responsible and wider areas.

It's all part of a new found freedom in attitudes.


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I have listen joyfully to The Beatles and their first hits are just great. Unfortunately, I have a slight accident with their first LP - which gets slightly warped as it is left in the back of a car in full sun for many hours after a party!

There is more blissful music - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Ray Conniff Singers, Lonnie Donegan to name a few - bursting out of our transistor radios.

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I am working in the legal profession and one day get the call to “see the senior partner” - filling me full of trepidation. What have I done? Quite a lot as it transpired as I am offered the opportunity to manage a branch office of the firm - for a young woman what an opportunity! I seize it with both hands and so begin a period of my life that will have a lasting effect on my whole future.

So many experiences are happening that I know will stand me in good stead for the future, with more responsibility, and friendships I know will last. I end my “Essex” period and make the move back to my home town of Felixstowe - one of the very best decisions I ever make.

The town is in many respects very much as I had left it 12 years earlier. The port is entering into a new phase in its development sees exciting and challenging events and personalities, and affords me the opportunity to experience some of this first hand.

Like all periods in life it isn't all good - but the periods that are far outweigh the rest.

The culmination at the end of the 1960s for me is the birth of my first child, and with that event I enter the 70s - but that's another story.

Which year in history would you like to go back to, and why? Perhaps you'd like to change the course of history - and what would happen if you did? To star in Time Tunnel, just get your imagination in gear and tell us your thoughts. Send a maximum of 700 words in the present tense, to tracey.sparling@eveningstar.co.uk or post to Features, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

FASTFACTS: 1960s

Famous Faces:

American president JF Kennedy was assassinated

Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon

In the news:

The old guard of Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home gave way to Harold Wilson as Prime Minister as the country entered a buoyant and exciting new era.

War in Vietnam sparked major protests.

Entertainment:

Britain was at the centre of a musical revolution - The Beatles led the way, followed by The Who, Rolling Stones, Hollies and others, inspiring a worldwide creative generation.

Carry on Camping, The Love Bug, Doctor Who and the Daleks, A Hard Day's Night, Dr Zhivago, Goldfinger and The Ipcress File were among the box offices smashes.

Monty Python's Flying Circus is shown for the first time and the catch phrase "And now for something completely different," becomes their trade mark

Toys:

Action Man

Lego

Etch-a-Sketch

Source: www.thepeoplehistory.com/1969

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