1970s

History

In February 1971 Pounds, Shillings and Pence were phased out and replaced by the Decimal currency we use today. The older petrol pumps that featured clock type faces were unaffected by the change and those with a calculating head could be adapted. Many receiving a simple length of sticky tape over the word “shilling”, and all newly manufactured pumps were suitable for the new currency.

Trouble in the Middle East saw petrol shortages again and in 1973 the government issued coupons for petrol rationing but thankfully they were never needed. Rising fuel costs put the country into recession and the miners strikes resulted in power cuts and a three day week. The summer of 1976 was long, very hot and very very dry. Due to the drought motorists were restricted from washing their cars.