The congregation fills the Taplin Road Baptist Church, Hillsborough, for the traditional Whit Sing, which had to go indoors because of the wet weather in May 1981
The congregation fills the Taplin Road Baptist Church, Hillsborough, for the traditional Whit Sing, which had to go indoors because of the wet weather in May 1981

Sheffield history: 21 photos to remind you of 1981 - the year of the royal wedding and CND

It was the year of the royal wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and had started with Peter Sutcliffe – the notorious serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper – being arrested in Sheffield.

Monday, 14th February 2022, 10:45 pm

The year was 1981 and it was another 12 months of unrest as Margaret Thatcher continued her residency in Downing Street.

January started with the death of Princess Alice – last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria – at Kensington Palace aged 97 but a more memorable royal event saw millions watch the wedding of Charles and Diana at St Paul's Cathedral. More than 30 million viewers watched the wedding on television – the second highest television audience of all time in Britain.

It was also the year when Labour MPs Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, Bill Rodgers and David Owen – known as the Gang of Four – announce that they were forming the SDP or Social Democratic Party and Margaret Thatcher spent four days visiting U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington DC.

Peter Davison replaced Tom Baker as Doctor Who and Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Making Your Mind Up.

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