It was all platform shoes, trendy haircuts, flares and also some fab music in 1972, or so I have been told. It was also the year The Swindon Society was formed, writes Andy Binks.
Many members of the club gathered recently at the Southbrook Inn to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the society.
So why have we survived so long?
The society aims to put together many photographs of our town, in digital form, and share them with as many people as possible. We have presentations at our monthly meetings, many by our own members and others by local historians. We also put on displays and have produced books and assisted others to do so too.
Our image bank now comprises over 12,000 pictures and we are always looking for new items. So when you come across that shoe box in the loft full of family photographs and local images please remember the Swindon Society may be interested in copying or scanning them. Then you can return them to the loft knowing they have added to the rich photographic history of our town, and put your family name in there too.
If you would like to see old images of Swindon and get to know more about its history, come along to one of our meetings
The Swindon Society meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Broadgreen Centre. You can just turn up and pay on the night or you can join: £6 unwaged, £10 waged and £16 for joint membership.
See what we do and contact us at: www.theswindonsociety.co.uk
Pictured top: Society members at October’s Made in Swindon event, from left, Roger Trayhurne, Bob Townsend, Diane Everett, David Parks, Andy Binks.
Images by Richard Wintle ©Calyx Multimedia, 41, Churchward Avenue, Rodbourne Cheney, Swindon SN2 1NJ • MOB: 07836 205196 www.calyxpix.com