I started at Raunds Manor School in September 1981

For all those past pupils from the Manor School Raunds, Northamptonshire, England, who started their comprehensive education in September 1981 in the 1st year, long before it became the Manor School & Sports College, along with a first year intake known as Year 7.

Back in 1981, petrol was about 32p a litre, the average house price was about £23000, inflation was running at about 12% and interest rates were about 14.5%.

The following news items occured:-

Post It note are launched by the 3M Corporation.
Microsoft release MS-DOS.

29th March - The first London marathon was held with 7500 runners.
30th March - Ronald Reagan was shot in Washington DC.
4th April - Buck's Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest.
11th April - Brixton riots start.
12th April - Space Shuttle Columbia lauches for the 1st time.
13th May - Pope John Paul II is shot in St Peter's Square.
22nd May - Peter Sutcliffe the Yorkshire Riper is jailed.
5th June - AIDS is recognised for the first time.
13th June - Marcus Sarjeant fires 6 blanks at the Queen.
3rd July - Toxteth riots in Liverpool start.
17th July - Humber Bridge opens.
28th July - Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.
August - British Leyland launches the Triumph Acclaim.
August - Vauxhall launches the Cavalier.
1st August - MTV starts broadcasting, first video played was Buggles.
12th August - IBM PC with 8088 chip is released for £1000.
24th August - Mark Chapman is convicted of murdering John Lennon.
20th December - Penlee lifeboat disaster occurs off Cornwall.

Births this year included:-

11th January - Jamelia.
13th January - Peter Crouch.
20th January - Owen Hargreaves.
25th January - Alicia Keys.
30th January - Dimitar Berbatov.
31st January - Justin Timberlake.
8th February - Ralf Little.
10th February - Holly Willoughby.
17th February - Paris Hilton.
1st April - Hannah Spearritt.
28th April - Jessica Alba.
15th May - Zara Philips.
5th June - Jade Goody.
7th June - Anna Kournikova.
8th August - Roger Federer.
3rd September - Fearne Cotton.
4th September - Beyoncé Knowles.
26th September - Serena Williams.
8th November - Joe Cole.
26th November - Natasha Bedingfield.
2nd December - Britney Spears.

Deaths this year included-:-

11 May - Bob Marley.
29th September - Bill Shankley.


Shows that started this year included:-

Game For A Laugh.
Only Fools & Horses.
Postman Pat.

Shows that finished this year included:-

Buck Roger's in the 25th Century.
Charlie's Angels.
The Muppets.
The Waltons.

Programmes we were watching on our curvy 21" wood vernered sets included:-

Are You Being Served?
Different Strokes.
Happy Days.
Jim'll Fix It.
John Craven's Newsround.
Knot's Landing.
Little House on the Praire.
Magnum P.I.
Mork & Mindy.
Multicoloured Swap Shop.
Old Grey Whistle Test.
Quincy M.E.
Tales of the Unexpected.
The Benny Hill Show.
The Dukes of Hazard.
The Price is Right.

Films released this year included:-

An American Werewolf in London.
Canonball Run.
Clash Of The Titans.
Chariots of Fire.
For Your Eyes Only.
Fort Apache The Bronx.
The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Friday 13th Part II.
Halloween II.
Mad Max II.
Omen III.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Superman II.
Tarzan The Ape Man.

Number 1 Single September 1981:- Soft Cell - Tainted Love.

Other Singles released included:-

Adam & The Ants - Stand & Deliver and Prince Charming.
Aneka - Japanese Boy.
Human League - Don't You Want Me?
John Lennon - Imagine & Women.
Joe Dolce - Shaddup You Face.
Julio Iglesias - Begin the Beguine.
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure.
Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy.
Shakin' Stevens - This Ole House and Green Door.
Specials - Ghost Town.
St Winifrid's Choir - There's no one quite like Grandma.

Number 1 Album September 1981:- Electric Light Orchestra - Time.

Albums released this year included:-

AC/DC - For Those About To Rock.
Billy Idol - Don't Stop.
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules.
Blue Öyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin.
Cliff Richard - Love Songs.
Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry.
Iron Maiden - Killers. Bruce Dickenson joined this year as well.
Judas Priest - Point of Entry.
Kiss - Music from "The Elder".
Meatloaf - Dead Ringer.
Mötley Crüe - Too Fast for Love.
Motörhead - No Sleep 'till Hammersmith (live).
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman.
Phil Collins - Face Value.
Queen - Flash Gordon.
Saxon - Denim and Leather.
Thin Lizzy - Renegade.
Van Halen - Fair Warning.
Whitesnake - Come an' Get It.

Bands formed in 1981.

Big Country.
Buck's Fizz, won Eurovision with "Making your mind up".
Mötley Crüe.
Pet Shop Boys.
Tears for Fears.


Muhammad Ali retires with career record of 55 wins and 5 defeats.
Aston Villa won the First Division Championship.
FA Cup won after replay by Manchester City beating Tottenham Hotspurs 3:2.
League Cup won after replay by Liverpool beating West Ham 2:0.
UEFA Cup Winners Ipswich Town beating AZ Alkmaar home and away 5:4.
European Cup Liverpool 1:0 Real Madrid, held in Paris.
Formula 1 Champion Nelson Piquet driving a Brabham Ford.
Formula 1 British Grand Prix won by John Watson driving a McLaren Ford.
Rallying World Champion Ari Vatinen driving a Mark II Ford Escort.
Bike Grand Prix 500cc class won by Marco Lucchinelli.
Snooker World Championship won by Steve Davies.
Epsom Derby won by Shergar.
Wimbledon Singles Titles won by John McEnroe and Chris Everet.