Step back in time: to 1963

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Take a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic look back at 1963. Welcome back to all the excitement of the Swinging Sixties; Beatlemania was beginning to take hold just as the snow thawed from the worst winter in more than twenty years.

The 60s were a time of optimism and change around the world and a golden age for fashion, art and music – mid way through the decade we can already see some of the exciting changes begin to come about.

So grab a cuppa and step back in time with us to 1963…

Pop Culture

Popular Culture offers a glimpse into the lives of people and the big and little things that made up the everyday. Here’s a snapshot of life and pop culture in 1963.

World Events

1963 wasn’t just an important year in Britain. Here’s a look at some of the most significant events that took place in 1963 around the globe. 

Sporting Moments

From big upsets to big wins, here are some of the most significant moments to take place in sport in 1963.

Famous Births

Some big personalities came into the world in 1963. Here’s a few of the famous faces born this year.


Nothing takes us back like music; these were some of the best-selling artists and most popular songs on the radio in 1963. 

Best selling single of the year: The Beatles – From Me to You

Christmas number 1: The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand

Other popular songs

Gerry and the Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone

Cliff Richards & The Shadows – Summer Holiday

How old were you in 1963? Does this timeline bring back any memories?

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2nd Apr 2016
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I was 14 in 1963. Living in Northern Ireland. Coal lorries couldn't get through to the villages. So I was out in the land rover with my Cousin delivering peat briquettes to the cut off houses from my Uncles shop. Also because the bread man couldn't deliver I was helping my Mum bake soda bread and potato bread for the village.
Washing brought in off the line and stood in the corner to thaw!!
31st Dec 2015
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I was 15 in February 1963. I remember very well that winter. I was still at school ( which remained open) and the ice was thick and deep. Several male neighbours had to get together to dig up someone's path, as best they could, in order to try to thaw out the water pipes. They were frozen so no water for a while. Then I left school at Easter that year and started to work in town at the Cooperative grocery store. Oh they were such happy years.
7th Nov 2015
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This all brought memories back to me 1963 I was 12 just started secondary school we had
to walk To school
I loved the Beatles the stones Elvis Gerry and the pacemakers Hermans Hermits to name
a few.
I was given my first record player that Christmas
We used to play with conkers lay on a pice of wood pinch mums old wheels off the
old pram out all day
7th Nov 2015
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June 1963 was our wedding day and we are still together. Remember the snow well, as Hubby to be was travelling home from Scotland with snow by the side of the road, well over the height of the car.
7th Nov 2015
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I was just 18 and in the 6th form. I remember walking home from school when the snow started as the buses just couldn't run! A long way to walk across Birmingham that day, but great memories of the huge drifts and piles of snow everywhere through the following weeks.
7th Nov 2015
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Was 6 in Scotland couldn't get to school for a week milk bottles were frozen on the door step house was cold only coal fires in two rooms sleighing was great built a real igloo with older brother slept with hotwater bottles and about ten blankets frost INSIDE bedroom windows don't know how we survived
7th Nov 2015
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I was 9 and I remember the Beatles starting out - such an exciting time! We lived in Leeds and I also remember snow still thick on the ground at Easter (April). We'd spent all winter scurrying out to the coal store for more coal and trying to keep warm. Ice on the windows in the mornings - every morning! And walking to school several times because the buses couldn't run. Brrr!
Simply the best
7th Nov 2015
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I was 19 and I remember teetering along in my 3" heels on the ice because only old fogeys wore boots in those days.
7th Nov 2015
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I was 16 and still at school in Edinburgh. I remember nearly all of the above except perhaps Everton winning the English league and the price of petrol.
7th Nov 2015
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My mother was pregnant with my brother that winter. We had no water for 6 weeks & my poor Mum had to carry buckets from a neighbour. I remember. My Dad building us a sledge with runners from a scrap yard, still have it in our garage. What memories.
7th Nov 2015
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1963 I was 16 just left school started work had money in my pocket and the world was my oyster.I don't think we will ever experience the freedom the 60s gave us.
7th Nov 2015
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I was 11 getting ready to go to 'big school'
I remember walking to the village school on top of 6 foot high snowdrifts. No way in or out of village which was 900feet above sea level. Happy days sledging though!
7th Nov 2015
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I was sweet 16. I absolutely loved the Beatles went to see them in 64 ....never heard a word for all the screaming .... X
3rd Nov 2015
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Great year. I was only 5 but still remember dad pulling me along on a wooden sledge as the snow was so bad

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