Week 36 : 3rd September – 9th September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • 3rd September 1967 – At 5:00 in the morning local time, all road traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left hand side of the road to driving on the right hand side. Beginning at 1:00 in the morning, all non-essential traffic was barred from the roads. At 4:50, all remaining vehicles were brought to a stop at checkpoints. Ten minutes later, police directed vehicles to move to the other side of the road.
  • 3rd September 1967 – Died: Mohammed bin Laden, 59, Saudi Arabian billionaire and father of future al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, was killed when the airplane he was in crashed during a landing.
  • 5th September 1967 – The British science fiction television series The Prisoner, created by and starring Patrick McGoohan, was broadcast for the first time, premiering in Canada. The show would not appear in the UK until late September.
  • 6th September 1967 – Walter E. Washington was appointed as the first African-American mayor of a major American city, as President Lyndon Johnson announced his nomination as Mayor-Commissioner of Washington, D.C.
  • 7th September 1967 – NASA launched Biosatellite 2 from Cape Kennedy, with a cargo of life forms to study the effects of weightlessness and gamma radiation on cellular development. NASA would successfully recover the craft two days later. The life forms on board included parasitic wasps, flour beetles, vinegar gnats, amoebae, frog eggs, wheat seedlings and bread mould.
  • 9th September 1967 – Greece’s Prime Minister Konstantinos Kollias and Turkey’s Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel began an unprecedented series of summit meetings, traveling to each other’s nations during the weekend to discuss their differences regarding the island republic of Cyprus. At the close of the summit, the two men issued a joint press release that declared that they, “expressed their belief that the long-term interests of both countries require the strengthening of the ties of friendship, good neighborliness, and cooperation between the two countries, within the spirit of cordiality created by the two great statesmen Atatürk and Venizelos, and by taking into consideration the fact that they belong to the same alliance.”

And here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Oxshott:-

Sunday 3rd September 1967
Poured all morning so it was an ‘In’ morning. Gillian and Philip made hard work of writing letters to Doris and Eileen. Didn’t do much in the afternoon either!

Monday 4th September 1967
Children feeling a bit blue about school tomorrow. I worked till 12:15pm then we had lunch and went to Epsom swimming. Took Janet with us and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Am wondering if Joan will ring tonight as Eileen was supposed to come tomorrow.

Tuesday 5th September 1967
Autumn Term commences.
Back to school today – neither of them very thrilled!! I went to work this afternoon then after school we went to Leatherhead – spent a fiver buying shoes for the two and another 25/- on petrol. Gale force winds all day.

Wednesday 6th September 1967
Bit brighter today and thank goodness Mrs Styles is back so she was able to get cracking on some of the pile up of work! Did a bit of washing when I got in – but it poured.

Thursday 7th September 1967
Not a very nice day – in fact it has turned so cold that Cyril has started a fire. Having a little car trouble in that my brake lights won’t go off. Hope it won’t be too difficult to rectify the fault.

Friday 8th September 1967
Cyril out to lunch.
Had a blow this morning. Car wouldn’t start so I had to walk to the office. Gillian was disgusted that she had to walk home from school. Lovely sunny day. Joan rang.

Saturday 9th September 1967
Bill P is going to do my car this afternoon if he can. Cyril did the shopping. Ivy and I took the children blackberry picking this afternoon – got enough to flavour the pie tomorrow (had some nice apples given to me at the office). Played Canasta.


Week 35 : 27th August-2nd September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • 27th August 1967 – Electronic Video Recording (EVR), was announced by CBS Laboratories. The system used a 7″ wide film cartridge that could provide an hour of black-and-white or a half-hour of colour recording and could be used with the aid of a, “playback machine that could be put on top of a TV”.
  • 27th August 1967 – Died: Brian Epstein, 32, manager of The Beatles, died of an overdose of barbiturates.
  • 28th August 1967 – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson took personal control of the Department of Economic Affairs, removing Michael Stewart and replacing him with Peter Shore, who would serve in an advisory role. 20 other department officials were also moved or replaced.
  • 29th August 1967 – The Arab Summit opened at Khartoum, and was attended by representatives of most of the Arab nations with the exception of Syria. On the first day, the oil-producing members voted to lift an embargo against exports to the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • 1st September 1967 – At a rally in Beijing, leaders of the Chinese Communist Party reprimanded the Red Guards for burning both the Soviet and British diplomatic missions in August, and told the crowd that violence had done “great damage to the Cultural Revolution.”
  • 2nd September 1967 – Roy Bates, a retired British Army major, staked a claim on HM Fort Roughs, an abandoned anti-aircraft platform in the North Sea located outside UK territorial waters. Learning that British courts had ruled that the UK had no jurisdiction over the 550 square metres platform, Bates proclaimed the location as the Principality of Sealand, an independent “micronation”.

And here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Oxshott:-

Sunday 27th August 1967
Set off for Clymping at 8am – no traffic problems – we were there at 9:30am. Car parks very soon filled up. Had a good day – enjoyed a swim – left at 4:10. Home 5:30pm

Monday 28th August 1967
Haven’t been far today – only to Epsom to find the whereabouts of the swimming baths for future reference. Lovely day again it has seemed like a Sunday.

Tuesday 29th August 1967
Not such a warm day but it hasn’t mattered very much as we’ve been to Epsom swimming this afternoon (indoor pool) and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Philip didn’t want to come out as he said it was so warm. Wasn’t very difficult getting there and back and so quick with the car.

Wednesday 30th August 1967
Feeling very tired today – I think I am trying to cram too much into my day! Did a lot of outstanding household jobs this afternoon – then went to Cobham hoping to get Phil’s hair cut but the shop was shut. Have done a little office work at home – now I’m going to do my monthly accounts.

Thursday 31st August 1967
Zoo – Philip’s birthday outing.
A very full day. I did 1½hrs at the office then went to the Bank. From there to Binker’s coffee morning. Home to lunch and pack a picnic then on to the zoo. We picked Andrew Buchan up at 1:15pm. Home at 6pm and am I TIRED!!!

Friday 1st September 1967
Very busy at the office this morning and have put in an hour and ½ tonight. I may have to go in tomorrow afternoon too as Mrs S wants time off next week. Poured with rain this afternoon. Tried to get Phil’s hair cut in Cobham. No luck.

Saturday 2nd September 1967
Have been to the office for a short while this morning and again this afternoon. Philip’s birthday has gone off quite well. His Super Soccer arrived and he was very pleased with his car from Gill and £1 from the Aunts, 2/6 from Auntie Boyce (who on earth was Auntie Boyce, Phil?) – Airfix model from Janet; van from Phyl, 12 or more cards and I gave him a surprise tea with cake and candles. Janet came to tea.

Week 34 : 20th -26th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 20th August 1967 – Three men in a car strafed the U.S. Embassy in London with machine gun fire, shattering glass doors and windows, but causing no injuries because the attack was at 11:30 pm. A note, signed by a group calling itself the Revolutionary Solidarity Committee, contained the warning “Stop: Criminal murders by the American army. Solidarity with all people battling against Yankee fascism all over the world! Racism! Freedom for American Negroes!”
  • 21st August 1967 – Two U.S. jets were shot down after straying into Chinese airspace while attacking North Vietnam. A U.S. spokesman said that the two planes were part of a group from the carrier USS Constellation and conceded that they had inadvertently crossed into Chinese territory. Radio Peking announced that it had captured one of the men alive; Lt. Robert J. Flynn would remain in a Chinese prison camp until March 15, 1973.
  • 22nd August 1967 – Members of China’s Red Guards invaded the UK’s diplomatic compound in Beijing, setting fire to the chancery and beating Donald Hopson, the highest ranking British diplomat in China. The attack followed the closure of three leftist newspapers in Hong Kong. Because the attack had come despite a directive from Prime Minister Zhou Enlai forbidding violence against diplomatic establishments, Party Chairman Mao Zedong ordered the arrest of the instigators of the violence. Zhou apologised to the British government and the Chinese government rebuilt the offices that had been burned.
  • 23rd August 1967 – The Anglican Church of Canada relaxed its strict ban against the remarriage of its divorced members.
  • 24th August 1967 – At a meeting of the UN’s Committee on Disarmament, the United States and the Soviet Union submitted two separate but identically worded draft treaties that would form the basis for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
  • 25th August 1967 – Representatives of the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union signed an agreement to establish a hotline between the two nations.
  • 26th August 1967 – Tunisia’s President Habib Bourguiba broke with the leaders of other Arab nations and said that they should recognize the legitimacy of the nation of Israel. “It is a United Nations member and its existence is challenged only by the Arab states. In these circumstances, it is useless to continue ignoring this reality and claim to wipe Israel off the map. In so doing, one drives himself into near total isolation.”

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Oxshott:

Sunday 20th August 1967
A lovely day after yesterday’s rain and I’ve managed to dry and iron the washing. Took the children, Debbie and Janet to London Airport this afternoon to watch the planes coming in.

Monday 21st August 1967
A lovely, hot, sunny day and this afternoon I’ve been very daring and taken the children to Surbiton Lagoon! We all had a swim – Gillian enjoyed it most – it was terribly crowded. Cleaned car and did office work this evening.

Tuesday 22nd August 1967
Another hot and sunny day and the children have had the swimming pool out all afternoon. Have been doing some office work this evening. Gave the floors a polishing this afternoon – made myself very hot!

Wednesday 23rd August 1967
Very hot again – children have been in swimming suits all afternoon – getting another tan. Haven’t brought work home tonight – have been letter writing. Cyril put new hoses on the Anglia this evening.

Thursday 24th August 1967
Took the four children on the Heath and we spent a couple of strenuous hours making a fern house! Took me back a few years!! – and was I tired at the end of it. Had an urgent call to sign a cheque at the office as soon as we got in – so up I went – and collected more work!! No news from Joan. She said she would ring if she was coming for a day or two.

Friday 25th August 1967
Busy morning – getting last minute orders from Mr Murray – he goes on holiday tonight or tomorrow. We went to Esher and shopped. Then, very nobly, I took the children out on the Heath!

Saturday 26th August 1967
I went to Leatherhead on my own early to do the remainder of the shopping. Busy everywhere so I’m glad I did some yesterday. Did the washing afterwards, mowed front lawn in the afternoon and ironed! Missed our Canasta as Leonard is in Holland. Prepared for a day at Clymping tomorrow!



Week 33 : 13th -19th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 13th August 1967 – The legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac made its debut, appearing at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, Berkshire, with Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and (instead of John McVie), bassist Bob Brunning.
  • 14th August 1967 – All but one of the United Kingdom’s pirate radio stations played music for their final day, then signed off before the new Marine Broadcasting Offences Act went into effect at midnight. Only one station, Radio Caroline, would continue to broadcast the next day. 
  • 15th August 1967 – Twenty-seven people in India fell to their deaths when struck by a tree branch while riding on top of a passenger train as it passed through the city of Katiharin. The branch was from a banyan tree that was considered sacred by worshipers of the Hindu goddess Kali. For several weeks, nobody would trim the branch until finally, an enterprising resident named Siaram Jha defied the goddess of destruction and sawed it off.
  • 17th August 1967 – Demonstrators in Beijing forced their way into the Soviet Union embassy compound in China, smashed windows in the main building, destroyed furniture and set fire to files. A similar attack would take place on the British diplomatic quarters the following week.
  • 18th August 1967 – Israel opened its border crossing at the Allenby Bridge over the Jordan River and began the first of 14 days during which repatriation would be allowed for the 167,500 Palestinian refugees who had applied to return to their homes in the West Bank. On the first day, only 355 displaced people, most of them women and children, or elderly residents, came across the border.
  • 19th August 1967 – NASA published the first extensive chart of the hidden side of the Moon ever to be compiled, in advance of the August 22 meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Prague. Most of the features were unlabeled, but the map did use two names that had been proposed by the Soviet Union for features identified when the USSR took the far side’s first pictures in 1959.

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to back in Oxshott:

Sunday 13th August 1967
Up early – ironing and seem to have been on the go ever since!! At least everything is washed and ironed and I’ve cleaned out the interior of the car. We put some of the pictures on for the children.

Monday 14th August 1967
It was ghastly going back to work and such a lot there. I’ve worked nine hours today and made very little impression on the pile. Took the children for a little ride round after tea.

Tuesday 15th August 1967
Another very busy day. I worked till 12:15pm and have been back this evening for two hours and the pile is still formidable. Been raining nearly all day.

Wednesday 16th August 1967
Another wet day – at least a fine morning but ghastly afternoon. I’m really quite worried about all the work which is piling up at the office.

Thursday 17th August 1967
Debbie and Janet to tea.
Worked very late tonight – at home. It was quarter to eleven before I packed up. Managed to do some washing and ironing this afternoon. Philip and I went over to Chessington for petrol – exhaust pipe broke and the driver’s door jammed on the Anglia.

Friday 18th August 1967
Drove half a car to work today! To my great surprise, Cyril came home at lunch time with spare parts and a half day – and he’s done both jobs! And there I thought I would have to wait for Bill Parker to come home. Went to work this afternoon.

Saturday 19th August 1967
Poured with rain all day long. Cyril did the Esher shopping – I washed then did local shopping. Went to work all afternoon and managed to do quite a lot. There is still plenty for Mrs Stiles next week. Played Canasta.



Week 32 : 6th -12th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 6th August 1967 – Graduate student Jocelyn Bell of the University of Cambridge radio telescope observatory became the first person to discover a pulsar. She found “a peculiar train of radio signals” that repeated every 1.33 seconds when the telescope was viewing a particular section of the sky.
  • 7th August 1967 – Lunar Orbiter 5, launched six days earlier by NASA, transmitted the most clear pictures up to that time of the far side of the Moon.
  • 9th August 1967 – British colonial authorities in Hong Kong closed down three pro-communist newspapers, the Tin Fung Daily News, the Hong Kong Evening News and the Afternoon News, halting publication pending the resolution of lawsuits, and arresting five of the journalists on charges of sedition and the spreading of false or inflammatory reports.
  • 9th August 1967 – Died – Joe Orton, 34, English playwright and film screenplay writer, was beaten to death at his Islington home by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who then committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • 9th August 1967 – ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)’ replaced the Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ as UK No. 1 single.
  • 10th August 1967 – Section 127 of the Constitution of Australia, which provided that “In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted”, was repealed as the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967 Act went into effect.
  • 11th August 1967 – William C. Foster, the chief American representative at the 18-nation nuclear disarmament conference in Geneva, announced at the White House that the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had agreed in principle on the conditions of a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.
  • 12th August 1967 – The Prices and Incomes Act 1966, passed the previous year as a means of controlling inflation, went into effect in the United Kingdom, giving the British government the authority to delay increases in prices, surcharges, and salaries.

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Cornwall:

Sunday 6th August 1967
We’ve had a lovely day at Tregarnon all day. Called at the farm we used to patronize two years ago and bought eggs which I boiled for lunch. We stayed there until 6:15pm Gillian enjoyed the swimming pool in the rocks.

Monday 7th August 1967
Went to Daymer and played cricket on the beach and had our lunch there. Very windy and dull so we left and went to Mevagissey where it was fine and warm. Leonard and Mary came back here to tea and we played Canasta.

Tuesday 8th August 1967
Wet morning, Children and we spent the morning doing jigsaws which they bought in the village. After lunch we went to Fowey where again it was fine and warm. Children had a river trip with Cyril at the helm. We had a lovely picnic at Carlyon Bay afterwards. Late home.

Wednesday 9th August 1967
Raining – a very wet morning the children played on the beach in anoraks and boots!! A good afternoon – Padstow – a trip on the boat to Coverack – then on to Trevone. Tea above the beach then the children swam and we played cricket till 8pm.

Thursday 10th August 1967
The hottest day we’ve had and we’ve all caught another layer of sunburn. Spent the whole day at Tristram – then on to Trevone where we played evening cricket. Home tomorrow.

Friday 11th August 1967
We left the caravan at noon as it wasn’t a good day. Had a very nice lunch at Tintagel – on to Boscastle. Left there at 3pm and made our way homewards via Dartmoor. Kids did a bit of exploring at Postbridge. No traffic problems. We were at Andover at 8:30pm, so stayed at Mur’s for an hour. Home 11:15pm All very tired.

Saturday 12th August 1967
Very busy washing etc. Line broke too! Had a drive round for an hour to break myself in again. Did a bit of ironing and then played Canasta.



Week 31 : 30th July-5th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 31st July 1967 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richard had their jail sentences revised by an appeal tribunal led by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Parker. Jagger had been sentenced three months imprisonment, and Richards to a year, after being convicted of possession of pep pills and marijuana respectively. “If you keep out of any trouble for the next 12 months,” Lord Parker told Jagger, “what has happened will not be on your record as a conviction.”
  • 1st August 1967 – Nine Japanese high school students were killed by a lightning strike while they were descending Mount Nishihodaka, a 2,900m peak in Japan’s Hida Mountains, near Nagano. Ten others were injured, and the other 31 members of the group were unhurt.
  • 2nd August 1967 – Israel issued an order canceling the municipal council elections that had been scheduled in the Palestinian towns of the West Bank prior to its capture from Jordan. The four-year terms of all of the members who had been elected in 1963 were extended indefinitely.
  • 3rd August 1967 – U.S. President Johnson asked Congress to temporarily increase individual and corporate income taxes by 10 percent for the 1968 tax year and announced that he had approved sending an additional 45,000 American troops to fight in the Vietnam War before June 30, bringing the total number of U.S. personnel in South Vietnam to more than half a million.
  • 4th August 1967 – The Defence Amendment Act, 1967 went into effect in South Africa, providing that every young, able-bodied white South African male was subject to military training and service with the South African Defence Force (SADF).
  • 5th August 1967 – One hundred and thirty seven people died from poisoning at a new moon festival in Madras after drinking varnish, mixed in a cocktail with lime juice, because of a prohibition in Madras state against the sale of liquor. 

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Cornwall:

Sunday 30th July 1967
Much to our surprise, as it was a dull day when we awoke, we have spent most of the day on the beach – I’ve even been in and had a surf. Lovely it was too. We’ve been for a walk this evening.

Monday 31st July 1967
Went to Wadebridge and from there to Daymer where we spent the afternoon swimming (glorious). To Padstow in the evening where, thank goodness, we found the boat Philip has been searching for.

Tuesday 1st August 1967
Coo – my neck is burning! Had an early (cooked) lunch, then went up the top at Polzeath – have spent a long time in the water – on the surf. Going to the pictures tonight to see ‘My Fair Lady’ – home nearly midnight.

Wednesday 2nd August 1967
Dull day today – we had lunch with Mary and Leonard and didn’t go out until close on 4pm – went to Tintagel and explored the ruins – home about 7:15pm. Children very tired after last night’s late night.

Thursday 3rd August 1967
A lovely day. We’ve had six hours on Tristram Bay today and have another layer of sunburn. Plenty of surfing. Gillian was still in the sea at 5:45pm! Her second session. Rained in the night.

Friday 4th August 1967
Another fine, warm day which we have spent at Daymer. Had a swim after lunch then the children and I with Mary and Di walked to Rock and took the boat to Padstow and bought fish for tea. Home about 6:30pm.

Saturday 5th August 1967
A fine morning – we walked to Rock from Daymer and caught the ferry to Padstow and had lunch there. Found Mary and Leonard parked next to us when we got back to Daymer. Weather worsened – turned cold so we came home to tea. Tried to do my accounts during the evening, but the lighting is very bad.



Week 30 : 23rd-29th July 1967

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Here’s what’s happening in the world this week in 1967:-

  • 23rd July 1967 – The 12th Street Riot, one of the most destructive riots in US history, occurred in the inner city of Detroit. Over the next five days, 43 people were killed, 1,189 were injured and 7,231 arrested.
  • 24th July 1967 – During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle spoke to a crowd of over 10,000 French-speaking Canadians in Montreal. The crowd sang along when a band played the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, but booed when the same band began to play the Canadian national anthem, O Canada.
  • 25th July 1967 – Canada’s Prime Minister Lester Pearson issued a public rebuke to visiting French President Charles De Gaulle for his speech in Montreal proclaiming, “Vive le Quebec libre!” “Statements by the president tend to encourage the small minority of our population whose aim is to destroy Canada,” Pearson said. De Gaulle cancelled his planned meeting with the Prime Minister and left Canada about 24 hours later.
  • 25th July 1967 – Fifty miners near Carletonville, South Africa, were killed as they were descending a steep spiral staircase for their shift at the Western Deep Level Mine. When one miner slipped, a chain reaction followed as those below toppled down the stairs.
  • 26th July 1967 – The Cunard Line steamship company announced that it had sold its famous ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary, to the Harbour Commission of Long Beach, California for $3,444,000.
  • 28th July 1967 – The Mulford Act was signed into law by California Governor Ronald Reagan as one of the stricter means of gun control. It provided a five-year jail term for any person caught carrying a loaded gun on a public street within the state.
  • 29th July 1967 – An explosion and fire on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal  killed 134 U.S. Navy sailors. While the crew was fuelling and arming aircraft, a rocket on an F-4 Phantom jet fighter was accidentally fired. The rocket travelled across the deck  striking an A-4 Skyhawk attack jet and setting it on fire. The carrier’s fire-fighting crew was working on putting out the fire when the heat caused the bomb on other planes to detonate. Future Arizona U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain was in the A-4 when it was struck by the rocket.

And here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 23rd July 1967
Mary’s party.
Helping Mary on and off all day and by 6:30 I was worn out. Had a quick bath before going next door. Philip’s temperature has been normal all day, but he has stayed upstairs.

Monday 24th July 1967
Driving lesson 6-7:30pm – lousy!
Took Phil to Dr Little. He says his chest is quite clear so I’ll send him to school tomorrow. Only did a couple of hours at the office. Philip went up with me. Done a load of washing and even cleaned the dining room floor today. Had a lousy driving lesson!

Tuesday 25th July 1967
D.T. 2pm
A great day – I passed my test and still can’t believe it!!! I took the car out straight away and met the children. Have also been over to Molesey with Di tonight!

Wednesday 26th July 1967
Took the car to the office – very nice too! Had a hair-do, also very nice. Am told it takes years off me. Had to go out again and meet Gill from Brownies. Washed the car tonight – ready for Friday.

Thursday 27th July 1967
Prize giving – Infants 2:30pm; Juniors 7:15pm
Children were both disappointed that they didn’t get prizes. Must confess I found going to afternoon and evening session a bit boring. Mowed lawns. Cleaned car.

Friday 28th July 1967
Last day of term.
10pm and all in bed except me! Went to the office 8:30am-10:45am and have been on the go since then! Had lunch, Cyril and I, at the Steak House. Very expensive! Then Cyril had to unexpectedly buy a new tyre! Then Anne and Alan called! However, we’re packed and ready for off. I’m just going to bed!

Saturday 29th July 1967
Away we go!
Set off at 2am – a convoy of us, Dennis, Leonard and Cyril. Roads quite full but no hold ups. We kept with the Leyshons all the way and met up with Leonard outside Exeter. Rain started in Devon – after a beautiful night and we cooked breakfast in drizzle and mist on Dartmoor about 7:30am. Weather got worse and it’s raining well now. We all had a sleep this afternoon.