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Britain: Media, Communications And Leisure: 1960-1979 - Changes In Leisure

British media, communications and leisure during the period from 1960 to 1979 are all studied in GCSE History. One aspect covered is the changes in leisure activities that occurred in the 1960s and the 1970s.

Leisure activities underwent a few changes in 1960s and 1970s Britain. Greater free time gave more opportunities for leisure, and greater disposable income brought a wider range of activities which more British people could enjoy.

See how much you know about how people in the 1960s and the 1970s enjoyed their free time in this enlightening quiz.

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  1. Records were usually sold in this period in three formats: singles, EPs and LPs. What did EP stand for?
    The "hit parade" was a much studied list of the 10 best selling discs. It was published weekly. Record sales soared during the period
  2. What name was given to a holiday whose cost could be paid in one sum at the same time - i.e. transport, accommodation, meals etc. all together?
    These holidays were cheaper, and they became very popular during the 1960s and 1970s
  3. Why did holiday camps like Butlins and Pontins become less popular in the 1960s and 1970s?
    The big holiday camps never recovered the pre-eminent place they had enjoyed in the 1950s
  4. Which pop group had a series of hits in the 1970s with disco numbers like "Waterloo", "Take a Chance on Me", "Dancing Queen" and "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"?
    Disco dancing became a craze in Britain
  5. Alec Issigonis designed the best-selling Morris Minor in 1948, and it sold well throughout the 60s and early 70s. He also designed another volume car, which first appeared in 1959, and quickly became a best-seller. What was this car called?
    At this time British car manufacturers were doing well with little foreign competition
  6. The 1960 Gaming Act paved the way for a game based on numbers read out by a caller which used former cinemas and dance halls. What was the name of this game?
    The game grew enormously in popularity during the 1960s and 1970s
  7. Which was the first TV channel to use colour from 1967?
    Cinemas increasingly lost out to TV, especially as colour spread eventually to the other channels
  8. Which chain of restaurants expanded in Britain in the 1970s? They were usually found on A roads and motorways, and often near a Travelodge motel and petrol station?
    The chain was best known for its ample breakfasts
  9. How many British homes had a TV set by 1975?
    TVs ceased to be a luxury when the majority of homes possessed at least one set
  10. By 1979 a full STD system was in operation throughout the UK, enabling telephone callers to dial numbers on other exchanges, without having to go through an operator. Thus more and more trunk (long distance) calls were made for less cost. What does STD stand for?
    Long distance calls within the UK became quicker and cheaper, and operators had one less function to perform

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