Two young pilots (and a puppy ) pose next to an army helicopter at the Northampton Show, August 5, 1966

Looking Back: Transports of delight!

There's always somewhere to go and places to see, but how to get there? Sometimes the journey is as much fun as the destination.

A future filled with trips by jet-packs, monorails and rocket ships never materialised so taking a bus, train, boat or a trusty push bike was the only way to travel unless you had access to your parent's car or could cadge a lift in a helicopter. Trips to the countryside on your racer, with a pack up and a cagoule (just in case) or a jaunt to the seaside with family and friends - what wonderful ways to while away your time.

A queue of shoppers, wrapped up against the cold, wait with shopping bags in Mercers Row, Northampton

5. Waiting for the Number 14

A queue of shoppers, wrapped up against the cold, wait with shopping bags in Mercers Row, Northampton
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A police officer undertakes a thorough bicycle check at Bective Middle School, Northampton, April 14, 1967

6. Bicycle safety spokesman

A police officer undertakes a thorough bicycle check at Bective Middle School, Northampton, April 14, 1967
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Northampton Boat Club, originally Weston Boat Club, was formed in 1911 and seen here in September 1987

7. Nene better

Northampton Boat Club, originally Weston Boat Club, was formed in 1911 and seen here in September 1987
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Northampton Corporation Transport employees ready to leave for a TUC rally meet at St James bus depot in 1980

8. Rallying call

Northampton Corporation Transport employees ready to leave for a TUC rally meet at St James bus depot in 1980
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