(From the perspective of the grown-ups, it wasn’t the best of years.
In 1976 there was a national water shortage, inflation reached 27 per cent, there were widespread strikes and the West Indies cricket team left us grovelling for mercy.
From the perspective of children, it was great. It was the hottest summer for more than 350 years and children spent hours outside, riding their Raleigh Chopper bikes or bouncing on Space Hoppers. Ah – Space Hoppers, those were the days.)