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"GROOVY" 1968

The "swinging sixties" saw great changes in how the British worked, travelled and enjoyed their leisure-time. At the start of the decade most people didn’t own a car and holidays were taken in the UK - often at purpose-built holiday camps, like Butlins (at Barry Island or Minehead). Bus and coach travel was still very popular and millions of us hopped aboard on a daily basis.

Entertainment in 1968 included an eclectic mix of pop songs and several tv series (that still survive today, like Gardners World), were popular in the year that Ruby went into service on the roads of Britain.

Top news of 1968

The Vietnam War rages-on and is constantly in World news headlines in '68.

Top of the Pops in 1968

date: song title: artist:
6/12/67 Hello, Goodbye The Beatles
24/1/68 Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde Georgie Fame
31/1/68 Everlasting Love Love Affair
14/2/68 Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann
28/2/68 Cinderella Rockefella Esther & Abi Ofarim
20/3/68 The Legend Of Xanadu Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
27/3/68 Lady Madonna The Beatles
10/4/68 Congratulations Cliffe Richard
24/4/68 What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
22/5/68 Young Girl Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett
19/6/68 Jumpin' Jack Flash Rolling Stones
3/7/68 Baby Come Back Equals
24/7/68 I Pretend Des O'Conner
31/7/68 Mony Mony Tommy James & the Shondells
14/8/68 Fire Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
28/8/68 Do It Again Beach Boys
4/9/68 I've Gotta Get A Message To You Bee Gees
11/9/68 Hey Jude The Beatles
25/9/68 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
6/11/68 With A Little Help Joe Cocker
13/11/68 The Good The Bad & The Ugly Hugo Montenegro, Orchestra
11/12/68 Lily The Pink Scaffold

In 1968 Leyland Motors Ltd merged with British Motor Holdings (BMH) to become the British Leyland Motor Corporation which gave the new company a massive range of marques covering cars, buses and trucks, plus substantial engineering interests in non-vehicular businesses.

At this time BLMC was the fifth largest vehicle producer in the World! But it was not to last long.

Top tv shows of 1968

Coronation Street
Doctor Who
Mission: Impossible
Spider Man
Star Trec
The Avengers
The Money Programme
The Saint
The Wednesday Play
Tom & Jerry
Top of the Pops

Top films of 1968

2001: A Space Odyssey
Carry On Up The Khyber
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Funny Girl
Planet of the Apes
The Thomas Crown Affair

The Labour Governments 1968 Transport Act gained Royal ascent. It gave us the National Bus Company and laid the foundations for the Passenger Transport Executives in the big urban cities. All of this contributed to the development of the Leyland National bus, which (within a few years) meant the end of Bristol RE chassis production for British bus operators.

Fifty years on, many of these marvellous RE buses and coaches have survived the tests of time. Come see (and hear) Ruby at a rally soon, for details visit the Rally page.

New tv shows launched in 1968 include, in May of that year DAD'S ARMY.
In 2016 it's on the big screen as a feature-length film.

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