THIS week's nostalgia goes back in time to the period from 1970 to 1979.

We looked back through our archives and discovered pictures from throughout the decade in Cumbria.

The 70s was the decade of the space hopper, the Ford Cortina, Raleigh Chopper bikes, the record player and cassette recorder.

Big events from the 1970s include an abundance of striking including postal workers, miners and dustmen. Whilst the decade ended with the 'winter of discontent' in 1979 when ITV went off the air for five months.

A three-day week was imposed during February 1972 to save on electricity at the start of the miners strike.

During the summer of 1976, the weather turned so dry that water supplies reached critical low levels. Finally, in 1977, the whole nation celebrated the Queen's Silver Jubilee with street parties.

During the 1970s, over 50 per cent of households had a washing machine. In 1974, the first microwave cooker was sold. In 1978, the first VHS video recorder was sold and in 1979, Sony released the Walkman.

By the end of the 70s, over 90 per cent of households had a TV and people could now watch television programmes in colour.

70s fashion was iconic, and featured things such as platform shoes, flared trousers, hot hands, quiffs and perms.

Throughout the decade many toys became popular such as the Barbie, Sindy, Action Men, the space hopper and Monopoly.

The 70s introduced a new sound in music describe as 'glam rock', with leading figures including David Bowie and Elton John. These musical characters brought a welcome relief with their platform boots, sequins, nail varnish and colourful hair.

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