#TBT On Zero Radio – 1976

Lets go back to the year of 1976. Boz Scaggs excellent tune ‘Lowdown’ was released and the UK heat wave led to the hottest summer average temperature in the UK since records began.

At the same time, the country suffered a severe drought. It was one of the driest, sunniest and warmest summers (June/July/August) in the 20th century, although 1995 is now regarded as the driest.

Only a few places registered more than half their average summer rainfall. In the CET record, it was the warmest summer in that series. It was the warmest summer in the Aberdeen area since at least 1864. It was the driest summer since 1868 in Glasgow.


The Mirror group reported that 1976 was Britian’s best ever year according to new study

Research by economists revealed the year the Ford Fiesta, The Body Shop and Apple launched was also the UK’s happiest year, the Sunday People reports


  • In 1976 our quality of life was improved by an affordable cost of living – petrol was 77p a gallon, a pint 32p and a loaf 19p – low crime levels and fewer cars on the road.
  • There was also a large investment in the public sector and a narrowing in the wage gap between the sexes.
  • For the really wealthy there was a chance to travel on Concorde, which started flying from Heathrow to Bahrain that January.
  • And for the rest of us we could book a seat on the first InterCity 125 trains or save up for one of the new Ford Fiestas or Mark IV Cortinas, costing £1,950.

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