Friday, 10 September 2010

The 70's - The Era Of Public Information Films

I'll never forget the great public information films we had in the 70's. "Clunk click every trip" advised Jimmy Saville. For many people who grew up in the UK in the 70's that immortal phrase will stick in their memories for a long time yet! And what was that other one, by the green cross code man? "Look right, look left, look right again". Very sound advice indeed. I remember as a young girl navigating a busy street and waiting to cross the road. "Look right, look left, look right again" I thought to myself. Yes, I repeated that mantra many a time whilst waiting to cross a road. It really stuck in my memory and I believe did help to keep me and many other children safe on the roads. Here is a list of the 'health and safety gurus' who helped children in the 70's stay safe.
Jimmy Saville "Now then, now then. as it happens" in the seventies, Jimmy Saville persuaded the nation that it was better to "Clunk Click on Every Trip".
Green Cross Code Man
The super-hero in spandex helped a generation of kids to cross the road safely. Played by 6 ft 7 Dave (Darth Vader) Prowse.
The Green Cross Code Man made a visit to St Augustines CE primary school in Swinton.
Jon Pertwee
The Doctor Who star attempted to re-enforce the Green Cross Code message with his bizarre request for us to "SPLINK". It's been suggested that it stands for Stop at the Pavement. Look and Listen for traffic. If no traffic is Near walk across. and Keep looking and listening as you cross.

Alvin Stardust

The glam rocker told us that we "must be outta our tiny minds" if we forgot to look before we crossed the road.

Kevin Keegan
In between training
sessions for Liverpool and visits to the hairdresser, Kev still found time to get the road safety message across to his legions of fans.

The Tufty club was launched in 1961 and has recently been modernised. Bernard Cribbins narrated the popular 1970's films featuring our road safety squirrel and his naughty friend Willy Weasel.