MEMORY LANE: Do you recognise these High Peak faces from 1974? - VIDEO SLIDESHOW

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Fuel shortages, financial turmoil and industry in meltdown... 1974 was memorable for the wrong reasons. But it was also a year of substantial change in High Peak.

This month we concentrate on a single a year for a change and what a year.

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, "Please Sir" actor Malcolm McFee at Buxton's corset factory

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, "Please Sir" actor Malcolm McFee at Buxton's corset factory

They really knew how to have a proper crisis in the 1970s and this year combined enough of them to keep News 24 going for a decade.

It was of course 1974, and it made all our recent difficulties look like minor hiccups.

It was the year of two general elections, 17 per cent inflation, almost 15 million working days were lost to strikes, there was a massive stock market crash, a miners strike that crippled British industry and an energy crisis that quadrupled the price of oil and left motorists queuing for petrol and lorry drivers laid off.

Britain had been in the European community less than two years when the new Labour government called a referendum on pulling out.

In January, High Peak factories sent home 3,500 workers because of the power shortages caused by the coal dispute and rolling power cuts left families unable to cook and dependant on candles.

Residents in Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith were asked by their council to burn rubbish as they had no diesel for their bin lorries.

It was also the year that Buxton, Glossop and everywhere in between were forced together to form the borough of High Peak.

IRA bombs were exploding across the country on an almost daily basis, including major attacks such as the Birmingham and Guildford pub bombings and the blowing up of a coach on the M62.

In Northern Ireland itself the “Troubles” were at their worst and tens of thousands of troops were on the streets.

All that was just in Britain, other places around the globe had real problems. The disgraced American President Richard Nixon had to resign after the Watergate scandal.

America’s disastrous war in Vietnam was coming to its bloody conclusion, but had already spread to engulf neighbouring Cambodia and Laos.

There was turmoil in the Middle East, and Turkey invaded Cyprus – twice in one year. Minor conflicts, natural disasters and disease raged around the developing world.

Forty years on the world seems a much less exciting place, but some things never change. Germany won the 1974 World Cup, the Palace Hotel was up for sale and the St Ann’s Hotel in the Crescent was appealing for public money to pay for repairs.

Despite headlining with Rod Stewart, the organisers of the pop festival at Axe Edge called it a day after the weather was so bad in July that several acts refused to perform and attendance fell below 10,000.

Plans to expand or reopen a number of quarries went all the way to Parliament and there was the first of many proposals to reopen the Buxton-Matlock railway line.

Meanwhile, Buxton residents demanded a council pen to impound problem sheep after flocks “descending from the moors like locusts”, ate gardens and entered houses and shops right into the town centre.