|l to r Bob Townsend, Diane Everett and Andy Binks - image courtesy of the Swindon Advertiser|
In 1972 a house in Eldene cost £9,600, local lad Gilbert O'Sullivan was number one in the pop charts with his song Clair and Pressed Steel was the biggest consumer of electricity in town as Swindon struggled to cope with power cuts during the three day week. These were just some of the facts and figures Andy Binks and Dave Bedford revealed at Sunday's Swindon Society 40th celebrations held at the Southbrook Inn.
The local history society was founded in September 1972 following a series of WEA lectures given by local historian Eric Arman and at Sunday's party one of those original members was still taking an active role. Membership secretary Martin Vandervelde was presented with a framed print by Swindon Mayor Cllr Mick Bray in recognition of his long involvement with the society.
Society members continue to give talks and presentations to local groups and are happy to share their resources.
But Sunday was an opportunity for members to indulge themselves and with more than 15,000 images on file there were plenty of photos to choose from. Bob Townsend tested members knowledge with photos of people and places in Swindon's history and chairman Kevin Bizley introduced the audience to the Swindon Golden Carp Angling Association founded by railway workers in 1894. Society Secretary Diane Everett, responsible for so much of the organisation, made sure the event passed without a hitch.
For more information about the Society visit their website.
Swindon Society stand at the Swindon at War exhibition at Central Library
The Teenage Years at Swindon Central Library
Society members at the Radnor Street Cemetery local history exhibition
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