Robert Rose has found an interesting 19 minute video clip of a BBC
Nationwide "On the Road" series on Abingdon made in March
1976. The presenter, with typical 1970s' hairstyle, refers to Abingdon
as "a boozers paradise", covering the Old Gaol, Morris Dancing,
the MG works and Mrs Didcock whistling" but unfortunately the
video end is truncated. It's a wonderful look back at the time when
the MGB was popular in the UK and overseas, particularly the USA,
but sadly the Plant was nearing a sad closure.
Abingdon was in Berkshire until the 1970s when a county change took
it into Oxfordshire.
the video on Abingdon
to Abingdon from the Cowley plant is on one of five production
lines at Abingdon - one MGB left the lines every 10 minutes.
MGBs parked up by the MG Plant at Abingdon pending despatch
to dealers in the UK or overseas. Some 80% of production went
to the USA.
The first MG, Old
No 1, on a refreshing drive through the country lanes.
has been a feature of life in Abingdon for many years.
held some notorious Berkshire criminals until Reading Jail took
over. Then for nearly 100 years Abingdon Jail was left vacant
until it was modified and adapted as an arts and sports centre
in the 1970s..
No 1 Parachute
Training School was at RAF Abingdon until 1976 with drops
made at Weston-on-the-Green north of Oxford. The V8 Webmaster
did a PTS course there in 1963 whilst in the TA.