When England won the World Cup in 1966, everything was changing. The way we dressed, the songs we danced to and even they way we moved would never be the same again.
Annie Nightingale was at the heart of it. After running a boutique and penning NME columns, she became Radio One’s first female DJ and frequently hung out with the Rolling Stones.
But what was going on beyond the King’s Road and Carnaby Street? How much of a ‘swing’ was there in rural Dorset, Southampton or the industrial Oxford suburb of Cowley?
The answer is surprising. Annie sets off in a classic 60s Mini to uncover the groundbreaking revolutions in these places that still reverberate today.
From the Southampton seamen’s strike that brought the UK to a standstill, to the opening of the city’s first Sikh gurdwara.
Annie finds out how the Beeching cuts spelled the end of the line of the Somerset and Dorset Railway and how this affected rural communities. From work and livelihoods to dating to telling the time of day.
She also discovers how an international airline based in an Epsom dining room gave millions their first taste of foreign shores and changed flying forever.
Packed with archive footage and powerful testimony, Annie learns how in 1966, travelling was far more than a simple trip from A to B.