Video: A look back through the Milton Keynes Mirror 1979

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Photographer Colin Bridges delved into our archives for a pictorial review of the Milton Keynes Mirror from 1979.

MPMC front page 1979

MPMC front page 1979

The front page of the July 11 issue features the headline, Prime Minister to open city centre. The story was, of course, news to announce that Margaret Thatcher had confirmed she was to officially open thecentre:mk.

The report stated that public access to the Central Milton Keynes shopping area, as it was known then, would begin on August 9 when the first shops would open for trading. The market, featuring 160 stalls, was to open the same day. And there was also news about the big stores coming to MK which included Boots, C&A Modes, and John Lewis.

However, Marks & Spencer’s provisional site was to remain boarded up until the company decided whether it was coming to the city. And House of Fraser announced it would be 12 months before it moved in.

Although the centre was opening a year later than originally planned the Milton Keynes Development Council (MKDC), said, ‘it was extremely pleased with progress’.

It announced there would be free car parking for 6,000 vehicles, late night shopping and a temporary police station manned at the rear of the Civic Offices to support the centre’s security team.

The front page also featured a story about triplets Richard, Mark and John Lord celebrting their tenth birthday with news of the first airing of a Song for Milton Keynes, written by Chairmane and David Allen.

The front page advert for motor dealer Caves of London Road, Stony Stratford, featured an N Reg Ford Cortina for sale at £1,495 and R Reg austin Allegro for sale at £2,095.