Step back in time: to 1969

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Take a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic look back at 1969. Welcome back to the end of a decade of growth and progress; the first humans landed on the moon, the Troubles were brewing in Northern Ireland and tension and change were present all over the country.

1969 was a time of rock and roll, new technology and colour television. There were new opportunities for men and women as Britain began moving in a new direction.

So grab a cuppa and step back in time with us to 1969…

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 1969.

World Events

1969 wasn’t just an important year in Britain. Here’s a look at some of the most significant events that took place in 1969 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 1969.

Famous Births

Some big personalities came into the world in 1969. 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 1969.

Best selling single of the year: Sugar Sugar by The Archies

Other popular songs

Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones

Get Back by The Beatles with Billy Preston

Where Do You Go To My Lovely by Peter Sarstedt

Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye

How old were you in 1969? Does our timeline bring back any memories? 

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31st Aug 2016
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Really enjoy all the content of Silversurfers lovely old memories brought to the surface, common sense tips that we all take on board,thankyou all.
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Pooky Perkins
29th Aug 2016
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Lovely to see memories of 1969. I was 20. I'd recently joined the QE2 as a beautician in the Steiner salon, so I would have been on board in the picture you showed of the ship's Maiden Voyage to New York. A really great year for me.
29th Aug 2016
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Really good article thanks. At the start of 69 I had just (reluctantly) started school...
29th Jun 2016
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1969 was the year we got married, I was 18, my husband 21, still together now, although many people thought we were too young. Loved the music, especially the Stones, and the fashion, everything seemed to be making a statement
8th Apr 2016
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I was 13 in 1969 and living in Northern Ireland when the British troops arrived. Fortunately I lived well away from all the main trouble areas. I remember the moon landing and the excitement surrounding it, but I'm sure I didn't fully appreciate the full signifiicance and greatness of that event at the time. I remember the Peter Sarstedt record above. Funny enough, I heard it on the radio this week and I sang along to it and had no trouble remembering all the words.
3rd Apr 2016
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One of the best years of my life great music
Tony Murrey
3rd Apr 2016
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Joined HMS Londonderry(remember not being allowed to wear uniform ashore on official visit to Londonderry because of safety concerns in 1970). Aged 19. Isle of Wight Festival. Single at the time. Bought Abbey Road the day it came out. My last year as a teenager, did we actually change when we hit the advanced age of 20?
3rd Apr 2016
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Great year and some fantastic music. I reemember the Moon landing as I was allowed to stay home that day by Dad as he said it was such an important event. He was right! I loved the song Sugar Sugar by the Archie's and also In the Summer Time by Mungo Jerry. Wonderful times.

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