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A look back at Bexley's news 50 years ago

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 October 2013

Tree Fallen on Shed Bladindon Drive, Bexley. Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

Tree Fallen on Shed Bladindon Drive, Bexley. Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

London Borough of Bexley 2011, Kentish Times Newspaper

Bexley's Local Studies librarian Will Cooban has been researching what made the local news, just 50 years ago, ready for an illustrated talk in next month.

Erith Fire Station, Erith. Bexley Local Studies and Archive CentreErith Fire Station, Erith. Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

They say that if you can remember the 60s, then you weren’t there!

Well, here’s your chance to remember one particular year in Bexley - 1963.

It was a fascinating year, a year when the world began to change. Not long before, it all seemed very sombre, grim and grey – not long after it came Swinging London, groovy guys and girls, and the Rolling Stones…

It was the year when Dr Martin Luther King had his dream, and Doctor Who first appeared on television.

Broadway From Townley Road, Bexley. Bexley Local Studies and Archive CentreBroadway From Townley Road, Bexley. Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

It was the year when President Kennedy went to Germany to say “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” and went to Dallas to meet his death.

Harold MacMillan went, and the Beatles arrived (John Lennon invited the Queen Mother to rattle her jewellery at the Royal Variety Performance).

But what was making the local news back here where we live? Was Bexley groovy?

You can find out on Thursdar, November 14 when we present And here is the news from 1963 – a unique look at the pictures behind the local headlines.

The talk takes place at Bexleyheath Library in Townley Road, Bexleyheath from 2.30 to 3.30. Tickets cost £3.50 and are available in advance from the Local Studies Centre.

For more information email archives@bexley.gov.uk.

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