Trying a bubble car for size at the motorcycle and microcar show at Northampton Guildhall, March 14, 1959

Looking Back: Leisure time for pleasure - on high days, holidays and weekends

With a increase of leisure time and disposable incomes, the baby boomer generation had a whole host of leisure opportunities that many of their parents and grandparents had been denied.

Sporting events were as popular as ever with good attendances at the County Ground shared by Northampton Town Football Club and Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. Young people involved themselves in a whole range of extra-curricular activities from Gilbert and Sullivan productions to fundraising bed pushes, recitals and dog shows. A hobby was seen as the thing to do: a way to make friends and keep out of mischief. Making music or listening to the latest record by chart-topping artists and sometimes even meeting them - things haven't really changed at all.

Singer Cleo Laine, accompanied by husband Johnny Dankworth, signs records for music fans in 1979

9. Close enough for jazz

Singer Cleo Laine, accompanied by husband Johnny Dankworth, signs records for music fans in 1979
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