THE Daily Echo takes another trip back through time with the help of local photographer’s pictures - this time to December 1968.

One of the most memorable events included the arrival of American movie star Ginger Rogers.

The actress, who famously partnered Fred Astaire on stage, made her way down the gangway off the liner Bremen, as she arrived at Southampton before starring in 'Mame' at the Theatre Royal, in Drury Lane.

Here's what else happened in December 1968.

December 2

Following differences while recording Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix’s manager, Chas Chandler, quit.

December 7

Land of the Giants made its debut on ITV. The show ran for 51 episodes across two seasons and starred Gary Conway, Don Matheson and Stefan Arngrim.

December 17

An 11-year-old girl from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Mary Bell, was sentenced to life detention for the manslaughter of two young boys. Bell was released from prison in 1980 and has since lived under an array of pseudonyms.

The first phase of the Royal Mint’s Llantrisant plant in South Wales was officially opened. In attendance at the event were Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and their son Prince Charles.

December 18

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was released in UK cinemas. The movie starred Dick Van Dyke, Lionel Jeffries and Benny Hill.