On 30th July 1966 my diary records that Sandra and I were travelling home from our walking holiday on the Isle of Wight. On the train back to Waterloo we met two boys, Maurice and John, who carried our cases to the Underground and then, I note, Maurice went to find out about the World Cup.
We got home in the pouring rain, lugging our suitcases up the road. While other people were out celebrating the success of the England team, Sandra and I spent the evening filling the test tubes we had bought in Alum Bay with layers of its different coloured sand – to be our holiday presents to our mums. But the most surprising event on our estate that evening was that Sandra’s dad gave me ten bob. He was obviously caught up in the magic of the football results. Or perhaps he was just glad that I’d brought Sandra back safe and sound.
I was about to start my job at the Milk Bar on the Monday and Sunday’s diary page was full of worry about how early I would have to get up. But I also record that on Pick of the Pops, the number one record was Chris Farlowe, singing ‘Out of Time.’ Strange face but great voice.