Quiz about Just A Kid In 1970s UK
Quiz about Just A Kid In 1970s UK

Just A Kid In 1970s UK Trivia Quiz


Growing up in the UK in the 70s was great, but it's only as you get older that you realise life wasn't all roses, although it did have some high points.

A multiple-choice quiz by 480154st. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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480154st
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4 mins
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392,178
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. In 1971, the UK switched over to decimal money. Prior to that, how many pence were in a pound? Hint

100
240
110
250

2. Two supersonic aircraft entered commercial service in the 70s. One was Concorde (1976-2003) and what was the other that flew from 1977-78? Hint

Britten-Norman Trislander
Tupolev Tu-144
Bombardier Challenger 600
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

3. Although it was actually released in 1969, (just in time for Christmas), what was it that I and every other kid wanted in the 70s with its ape hanger handlebars, long seat with a sissy bar and a tear inducing, groin catching gear shift? Hint

Space Hopper
Raleigh Chopper
My Little Pony
MB Ker-Plunk

4. "Clarke, One Nil" is a piece of commentary that happened when I was just eight years old and Leeds United won the F.A. Cup. Who did they beat in the final? Hint

Real Madrid
Barnsley
Arsenal
Manchester United

5. During the "Winter of Discontent" in 1978-79, certain members of the General and Municipal Workers' Union went on unofficial strike in Liverpool and Manchester causing a huge public outcry. What was their profession? Hint

Massage Therapists
Gravediggers
Bus Drivers
Cake Decorators

6. 70s music in the UK will always be remembered for glam rock, but which glam rock superstar endured a huge fall from favour when in 1999 he was imprisoned on child pornography charges, and then in 2006 convicted of child sexual abuse and in 2015 convicted of attempted rape? Hint

Noddy Holder
Brian Connelly
Les Gray
Gary Glitter

7. 1979 saw UK elect its first female Prime Minister in Margaret Thatcher. Who was the defeated Labour party leader at that election? Hint

James Callaghan
David Steel
Edward Heath
Harold Wilson

8. Which chocolate bar went on sale in 1970, was described by its manufacturers as a 'chewy caramel ladder, draped in delicious milk chocolate', and had TV ads featuring "Carry On" star Terry Scott dressed as a schoolboy? Hint

Vice Versa
Flake
Curly Wurly
Spangles

9. As a 70s child, I saw a lot of public information commercials on TV aimed at my generation, in which Tony and his cat Charley warned us of the dangers of playing with matches, talking to strangers etc. Who voiced (miaowed) the cat? Hint

Richard Briers
Eric Morecambe
Anthony Hopkins
Kenny Everett

10. Which novel were we kids all reading in 1972, about the lives of Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig, Blackberry and General Woundwort? Hint

Watership Down
Kes
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
The Day Of The Jackal


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In 1971, the UK switched over to decimal money. Prior to that, how many pence were in a pound?

Answer: 240

In so called 'old money', with pounds, shillings and pence, the pound was made up of 240 pence (or 240d). There were 12 pence in a shilling, and 20 shillings (20s) in a pound. I remember having a shilling in my pocket and feeling rich. Those were the days when a pint of beer cost three shillings, just a shame I was ten years away from being old enough to drink!
2. Two supersonic aircraft entered commercial service in the 70s. One was Concorde (1976-2003) and what was the other that flew from 1977-78?

Answer: Tupolev Tu-144

The Tupelov Tu-144 was a Soviet supersonic plane which first flew as a prototype before Concorde as well as going supersonic and exceeding a speed of Mach 2 before Concorde. A Tu-144 crashed at the Paris air show in 1973 though, which delayed development and allowed Concorde to take commercial passengers first. Just six months after the Tu-144 entered passenger service, another crash occurred as one was being delivered, leading to the entire fleet being grounded after just 55 passenger flights.
3. Although it was actually released in 1969, (just in time for Christmas), what was it that I and every other kid wanted in the 70s with its ape hanger handlebars, long seat with a sissy bar and a tear inducing, groin catching gear shift?

Answer: Raleigh Chopper

The Chopper was the must have item of my childhood. It looked cool (and still does), the seat meant that two of you could arrive at school on the same bike, its design meant it was great for tricks, especially wheelies, even when you didn't mean to pull one, but that gear shift taught you respect, my friend. Yep, the must have item and nope, I never had one. Thanks to all my friends that let me ride theirs.
4. "Clarke, One Nil" is a piece of commentary that happened when I was just eight years old and Leeds United won the F.A. Cup. Who did they beat in the final?

Answer: Arsenal

On the road to Wembley, Leeds beat Bristol Rovers, Liverpool, Cardiff City, Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham Citybefore meeting the heavily fancied, defending champions Arsenal. Early in the second half, Mick Jones whipped in a cross, which Allan Clarke headed past the Arsenal goalie and that was how the match stayed until the end, for the team's first-ever FA Cup win.
5. During the "Winter of Discontent" in 1978-79, certain members of the General and Municipal Workers' Union went on unofficial strike in Liverpool and Manchester causing a huge public outcry. What was their profession?

Answer: Gravediggers

The government had capped public sector pay rises to less than 5% in a bid to control inflation, leading to strikes by miners, refuse collectors, health service ancillary workers and lorry drivers, but although the gravediggers strike didn't hit industry as hard as the others, it caused a huge outcry. Liverpool City Council were forced to hire a factory to store corpses, which were being added to by as many as 25 a day and the Medical Officer of Health for Liverpool voiced his opinion that burials at sea may have to be considered.

The gravediggers returned to work after a two week strike, when they secured a 14% pay rise.
6. 70s music in the UK will always be remembered for glam rock, but which glam rock superstar endured a huge fall from favour when in 1999 he was imprisoned on child pornography charges, and then in 2006 convicted of child sexual abuse and in 2015 convicted of attempted rape?

Answer: Gary Glitter

Glitter had 11 UK top ten hits in the 70s, including three number ones, and even though the hits dried up, he could still put on an amazing live show well into the 90s. His first prison sentence for downloading over 4000 images was just four months and he fled to Cambodia on his release from where he was deported in 2002 due to suspected child sexual abuse.

He moved to Vietnam, where he was imprisoned in the 2006 case for three years before returning to UK when he was released. Upon his return to UK, he was placed on the sex offenders register for life and banned from foreign travel.

In 2015, he was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13.
7. 1979 saw UK elect its first female Prime Minister in Margaret Thatcher. Who was the defeated Labour party leader at that election?

Answer: James Callaghan

Callaghan served as Prime Minister 1976-79, succeeding Harold Wilson and following the party's election defeat, resigned as leader at the party conference in 1980, to be succeeded by Michael Foot, who narrowly defeated Dennis Healey. When elected as Prime Minister, Callaghan became the first person to have held all three leading Cabinet positions (Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary) before leading the country. David Steel was the leader of the Liberal Party in the 1979 election and Ted Heath was a Conservative Party member who served as PM from 1970-74.
8. Which chocolate bar went on sale in 1970, was described by its manufacturers as a 'chewy caramel ladder, draped in delicious milk chocolate', and had TV ads featuring "Carry On" star Terry Scott dressed as a schoolboy?

Answer: Curly Wurly

Still available today, although sadly more expensive than their original price of 3p, these bars of caramel can keep a kid quiet for quite some time as they chew through it. Other versions were made all around the world, such as the "Wig Wag" in Canada, "Marathon" in USA, France's "3 Mousquetaires", Germany's "Leckerschmecker" and the "Loop" in Sweden. Definitely a kids favourite everywhere, and loved by us older kids too. [thanks to doyouremember.co.uk for additional info]
9. As a 70s child, I saw a lot of public information commercials on TV aimed at my generation, in which Tony and his cat Charley warned us of the dangers of playing with matches, talking to strangers etc. Who voiced (miaowed) the cat?

Answer: Kenny Everett

Apart from warning of the dangers of matches and strangers, Charley warned us of the perils of playing near water, getting close to a hot stove, going somewhere without telling an adult where you're going and hot water from kettles. I am slightly amazed to discover there were only six commercials made as over 40 years later I still remember them. I guess that's a sign that they did their job! Kenny Everett was an irreverent DJ who was very funny, although his humour resulted in him being sacked from Radio London, Radio 1 and Radio 2.

He also presented the "Kenny Everett Television Show" from 1981-88 and sadly died in 1995, aged 50 from an AIDS related illness.
10. Which novel were we kids all reading in 1972, about the lives of Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig, Blackberry and General Woundwort?

Answer: Watership Down

"Watership Down", written by Richard Adams, was about a group of rabbits who set off on a journey to find a new warren and, without spoiling it for anyone, their adventures on their quest. The book was made into an animated film in 1978, featuring the voices of John Hurt and Richard Briers and the title song from the movie, "Bright Eyes", gave Art Garfunkel a UK number one hit. Watership Down is the name of a hill, popular with ramblers, near Kingsclere in Hampshire.
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