We’re in ‘Brizzle’ and it’s a warm day in September 1984. It’s one of the most complete 17th century streets in the UK, and is packed with historic buildings from the banks of the Avon to its end at Broad Quay House, where the road intersects Prince Street. As you can see from the image above, it’s a genteel part of the city, packed with bars and other long-established businesses and, on a day like today, it’s a wonderful place to take a stroll away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The UK is currently reinvigorating at an impressive rate, with cities across the land receiving investment from the Government in an attempt to inject life into them after years of stagnation – and it’s working, especially in Bristol. The mood of the country is optimistic, too, with unemployment falling, new businesses opening, and a sense that the future is beginning to look rosier than it has for quite some time.
A modern Britain is starting to emerge, too – sixth in line to the throne, and Diana Princess of Wales’ second son, Prince Harry, is born, while the UK and China finally agree the terms upon which Hong Kong can be handed back in 1997. It’s not all good news, though, as the ongoing Miners’ Strike, which has been rumbling on since March, is declared unlawful by the High Court. Why bad news? Because it just forces Margaret Thatcher and Arthur Scargill to dig their feet in all the more. It would continue until March 1985 and the outcome would impact upon millions of people and their communities for more than a generation.
So, tell us about the cars
There’s a nice selection here, starting with a lovely late-Series 1 Opel Manta B in Berlinetta form, ahead of a Ford Escort Mk2 Estate, an Escort Mk3 GL with dealer-fit driving lights, a late Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 on ATS alloy wheels, a Princess L with the passenger door open, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W116) ahead of a BMW 635CSi and a Saab 900 double parked just behind it.
On the side nearest the photographer is a 1971 Mini 1000 with a sizeable dent in the front wing, a Ford Escort Mk2 four-door saloon in what looks like GL form, a MkIV Ford Cortina Estate, a Datsun 180B and another Mk2 Escort behind that. Does anyone know what the motorcycle is at the front?
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