A SONG about the summertime dominated the summer, the first colour edition of a much-loved children's TV show was aired and England reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Mungo Jerry's In the Summertime was the soundtrack to the summer as it topped the UK music charts for seven weeks in 1970. It went on to sell 30 million copies and became one of the biggest-selling singles of all time.

It was a year of firsts in the world of television.

The first colour edition of Blue Peter was aired on BBC 1. The programme alternated between colour and black and white for almost four years before going completely colour

Eastleigh Childrens Carnival 1970. The Boys Brigade. August 22, 1970. THE SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO ARCHIVES. HAMPSHIRE HERITAGE SUPPLEMENT. Ref: 4410e

Eastleigh Children's Carnival 1970. The Boy's Brigade. August 22, 1970. 

Another show aired in colour for the first time in 1970 was Doctor Who, in which Jon Pertwee made his first appearance.

Later in the year the first complete Mickey Mouse cartoon to be shown on British television in colour was Pluto's Christmas Tree.

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Mayflower celebrations and marching in Southampton. August 15 & 16, 1970.

The Prime Minister that year was Labour's Harold Wilson until June 19, when Edward Heath and the Conservatives were voted in.

The average house price in 1970 was around £4,000, a loaf of bread cost just 9p and a pint down the pub would set you back 20p.


Fordingbridge on October 15, 1970. 

These pictures were all taken that same year, here in Hampshire.