1969 - 1960
The 1960s was the decade of the Beatles and the race to the moon.  In 1967 the first heart transplant was carried out and 'coloured telly' arrived!  In cinemas, The Sound of Music became the highest grossing film of the decade; whilst in fashion the bikini and the mini-skirt arrived, along with bell-bottom jeans.  

In Chislehurst, the Caves was used as a unique music venue, hosting performances by the likes of the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix.  Cars were also increasing in number and in 1964 the Water Tower on Summer Hill was removed to ease the flow of traffic. 

The first Chislehurst May Queen of the decade was Linda Ryan; and Yvonne Humphries saw the decade out in 1969.  Things did not always go to plan, of course, as Bridget Stap, who was to become the May Queen in 1963, recalls:

'I was publicly reprimanded, in 1962 I believe, as I fell and badly sprained my ankle whilst messing about near the 228 'terminus and consequently couldn't dance, leaving the group in a difficult position - but that was just me!!'

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1962 Stephanie Adams

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