These pictures were taken the same year as Alton Towers Resort theme park was opened by Madame Tussauds, when Zimbabwe became independent of the United Kingdom, and the sixpence coin was withdrawn from circulation.

British television experienced some ups and downs in 1980.

On January 20, record audiences for a film were set when around 23.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the ITV showing of Live and Let Die. It was Roger Moore’s first appearance in the role of English spy James Bond.

The first episode of the political sitcom Yes Minister was broadcast on BBC on February 25. The TV show - starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds - proved to be popular and ran for three series.

On August 20 Hercules the trained grizzly bear went missing on a Scottish island while filming a Kleenex advert. He was found swimming in a river on September 13.

It was at a time when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, a loaf of bread cost 34p and the average UK house would have set you back by around £20,000.