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Kent in the 1970s: Classic pictures from across the county


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The 1970s were tempestuous times.

Four General Elections, devastating storms, a 45-day drought, snow in June, the three-day week, the Winter of Discontent and countless strikes – all in one decade.

Crowds watching the Ashford Carnival procession through the town centre in 1975. Picture: Tam Fox
Crowds watching the Ashford Carnival procession through the town centre in 1975. Picture: Tam Fox
Goalkeeper John Simpson celebrates with his Maidstone teammates in 1972 after they reached the last 32 in the FA Challenge Trophy by beating manager Ernie Morgan's old club Dartford by the only goal of the match
Goalkeeper John Simpson celebrates with his Maidstone teammates in 1972 after they reached the last 32 in the FA Challenge Trophy by beating manager Ernie Morgan's old club Dartford by the only goal of the match
One of the floats at Herne Bay Carnival in August 1977
One of the floats at Herne Bay Carnival in August 1977
Chatham's Mickey Walker became one of the leading woman golfers in Britain while still a teenager in the early 1970s. She was the youngest player in this century to win the English Ladies' Open Championship
Chatham's Mickey Walker became one of the leading woman golfers in Britain while still a teenager in the early 1970s. She was the youngest player in this century to win the English Ladies' Open Championship

As ever, our county was at the centre of the action.

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