1980’s RUN SERIES – THURSDAY 13TH JULY
The 1980’s saw great socioeconomic change due to massive advances in technology……..and for those of us of a certain age it produced some fantastic music too (Although some may debate that!)
Milton Keynes was by now established and expanding – The extract below is taken from the MK50 official site and documents some of the key activities in that decade (Click HERE to visit the MK50 site for further information)
The Nipponzan-Myohoji monks and nuns establish the first Peace Pagoda in the Western World, above North Willen Lake.
The Central Library & Art Gallery opens and remains as such until MK Gallery is built in 1999. Homeworld exhibition opens in Bradwell Common.
The Central Train Station opens, creating the fast links between MK and London Milton Keynes College was established bringing together the Wolverton & Bletchley colleges.
Living Archive established in Wolverton one of the most successful living history archives. Campbell Park opened and later transferred to the MK Parks Trust and became a hub for outdoor arts, events and public art. MK Hospital Opened after a campaign started in the 70’s titled “Milton Keynes is Dying for a Hospital”.
The Point (the first multiplex cinema in the UK) open for business, it remained as a cinema until 2015.
Energy World Housing Exhibition at Shenley Lodge opened – the culmination of many years collaboration with the Open University on a number of energy efficient housing projects across the city. Work continued afterwards developing the ‘Milton Keynes Energy Cost Index’ which later became the ‘National Home Energy Rating’ and this work formed the basis of the calculations behind the Energy Performance Certificate required when anyone sells a home in England. Also in 1986 the MK Community Foundation was founded – one of the first Community Foundation’s in the UK, developing philanthropy to provide financial support to help develop the voluntary sector, and unique in being endowed with property.
The first commercial radio station for Milton Keynes was established in 1989 under the name Horizon Radio
Our 1980′s Run will visit some of the iconic development from the decade. The route is just over 5.5 miles in total and will visit (among other things):
Starting at Furzton Lake the route heads East past the MK Bowl which hosted an unbelievable line up of artists in the decade including
1980 The Police, UB40 & Squeeze
1982 Queen & Genesis
1983 David Bowie
1986 Simple Minds
1988 Michael Jackson
1989 Bon Jovi
The route then turns towards town along V7 before reaching The Point which was Eurpoe’s first multi-plex cinema before reaching Milton Keynes Central Station which saw its first train in 1983.
After the station we will head across the A5 and through the well travelled stretch of Redways through the Teardrop lake area and back to Furzton pub
There is plenty of parking at Furzton Lake with the meeting point outside the Premier Inn at – Shirwell Crescent, Furzton Lake, Milton Keynes MK4 1GA
There is the opportunity for a well earned drink and bite to eat in the pub on our return
SEE YOU ON THURSDAY 13TH JULY AT 7PM FOR A JAUNT THROUGH THE 1980′s