THESE images from February 1980 transport us back by four decades.

Saints legend Mike Channon was snapped at Southampton General Hospital while delivering presents to children. The youngsters were presented with toys.

A pancake race got underway at Carrefour in Chandler’s Ford and included Darth Vader, Mickey Mouse and the Wombles. The store became Gateway in the late 1980s, then Asda.

While the events in these images were transpiring, this is what was taking place on the national stage:


Great Britain and Northern Ireland competed at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Robin Cousins took the gold medal for figure skating.

February 14

Margaret Thatcher announced that strikers would have their state benefits halved.

February 17

More than 11,000 British Steel Corporation workers lost their jobs at plants in Wales.