26 photographs of life in North Wales in 1972
50 years ago David Bowie first introduced Ziggie Stardust and Duane ‘The Rock’ Johnson was born
As we step into the New Year, it’s hard to believe the 1970s were really 50 years ago.
1972 was the year the school leaving age in England and Wales was raised from 15 to 16, the BBC TV Mastermind and Emmerdale quiz from ITV (Emmerdale Farm as it was called then) were also broadcast for the first time.
In Angelsey, the Britannia Bridge was opened to rail traffic connecting it to mainland Wales after the previous bridge was destroyed by fire.
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Culturally, it’s also the year David Bowie first introduced his character from Ziggy Stardust, four people formed a group called Abba, and Pong became the first commercially successful video game.
It was also the year of the birth of Duane “The Rock” Johnson and American rapper Eminem, as well as the year the first digital watch was presented to the world.
To get a glimpse of life 50 years ago, we searched the archives and found 26 photographs showing life in North Wales in 1972.
Do they wake you up with memories? Let us know in the comments section below.
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