This year was certainly a sweet year for Carlisle United Football Club, who enjoyed their first ever season in the top-flight on English football.

In 1975, despite suffering relegation at the end of the season, the club were able to enjoy some stand out victories, including a league double over Everton, and home victories over eventual champions, Derby County, and former champions Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Arsenal, Tottenham and Burnley.

In the UK, 1975 saw Margaret Thatcher defeat Edward Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election on 11 February, becoming the first female leader of the party.

In March, Charlie Chaplin, 85, was knighted by the Queen and British Leyland released their new family saloon, the Morris 18-22 “Wedge”. The car was the last one to bear the “Wolseley” name and it apparently had the shortest production run in the company’s history.

Monty Python released their comedy film, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, in April. The film, which is still widely enjoyed today, parodied the legend of King Arthur and it was the comedy groups second film.

The year also had its lows and can be remembered as a time of social and economic pressure, with unemployment exceeding the 1,000,000 mark in March.

The country witnessed a phenomenally strange weather later in the year when snow showers hit parts of the UK on 2 June. The last time this happened was in 1761.

In terms of music, 1975 saw the birth of some singles that are still well-loved today, like ‘Jive Talkin’ by the Bee Gees. ‘Bye Bye Baby’ by the Bay City Rollers topped the charts in March and the year also saw in some classics such as ‘I’m Not in Love’ by 10cc and ‘Shining Star’ by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Another memorable music moment of the year was when Led Zeppelin returned to the UK in May to play five sold-out shows in London.

The year saw the deaths of notable figures such as the dancer, Josephine Baker, actor Moe Howard, and Spanish nationalist dictator Francisco Franco. It also saw in the births of David Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Tiger Woods.