Here’s what was happening in the world this week in 1966:-
- April 25th – The Kelud Volcano in East Java, Indonesia erupted for three days, killing 215 people and destroying two villages.
- 11 schoolchildren aged 7 and 8 were killed by a drunken driver in Belgium.
- The first edition of the Morning Star newspaper was issued in the UK.
- April 30th – Regular hovercraft services began between Ramsgate and Calais. 36 passengers would pay £2.2/= (£2.10p) each.
Dusty Springfield took over the Number 1 slot on April 28th with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’.
But here’s what’s interesting Peggy:-
Sunday 24th April 1966
Real April weather. Sun came out this afternoon – we set off at 1:30 and made for the Bluebell Line – kept our destination a secret from the children. They loved it. We picked lots of Primroses. Home soon after 6pm.
Monday 25th April 1966
Back to school.
A beautiful sunny and warm day. Such a pity the children had to go back to school. Gill wasn’t at all keen. Philip was very tired when he came home. I mowed the lawns this evening. A hectic morning at work. Judy has left.
Tuesday 26th April 1966
Have been at work all day again. Shall be up in the Super Tax bracket if I go on like this!! Quite nice day again. Cyril rang the Bank Manager to see if we can get a loan to buy another car!
Wednesday 27th April 1966
Worked till 3:30pm again today. We had a lovely lunch – a great treat – Scotch Salmon! with salad. Cyril thought I had absconded with the firm’s money! Lovely afternoon but wet morning.
Thursday 28th April 1966
My Provisional Licence came today and I hope to have a go tomorrow! Worked this morning and had such a surprise when Mr Murray told me he was putting my rate up to 7/6 (37½p!) per hour. Be in the Super Tax bracket for sure!!! Good games of badminton this afternoon.
Friday 29th April 1966
We’ve had a lovely day. I worked until eleven – then Cyril and I went to Esher and saw the Bank Manager and he agreed to a loan of £500! We’re very lucky to get it. Then we had a steak lunch at the Cricketers. Met the children and went off car looking!!!! We were out until nearly nine – children had no tea either! We have almost settled for a 1964 Corsair.
Saturday 30th April 1966
Dave’s Birthday (Happy Birthday Uncle Dave!)
Beautiful summery weather. Gillian went to Fiona’s party this afternoon – we went to Pippbrook Garages (In Dorking. Owned by well known Formula 1 entrant Rob Walker) and clinched the deal for the Corsair, listed at £555 – I think Cyril talked the salesman down £20, but we have to pay for wing mirrors £3.10.0. We pick the car up on Friday. Played Canasta.