Original & Unrestored : Review


We all like clothes that speak to us, right? Clothes that say something that we can relate to.

The problem with being a forty-something bloke is that not many brands want to talk to the likes of me.

I get many emails from clothes companies that want me to write about them, but I think what’s the point? Bland shops which don’t sell things that I’d ever wear or like. I don’t agree with writing about any company just for the sake of blog content.

I’m not fussy, or overly stylish, or anything. I’m just not an area of society which is particularly well catered for when it comes to relaxed clothing.

So, when I get an email from a company asking me to consider their clothing, and then visit their site, it’s a pleasant surprise to see stuff that immediately clicks with me. Original and Unrestored are that company.

Original & Unrestored

Their collections include a classic motorcycle range, the 50s / 60s / 70s decades collection, the brilliant social club range, Island Records IPA, and the Mountain Way. There’s also an Original & Unrestored new Logo Range. I was invited to pick out some from these collections. So what did I choose?

Original & Unrestored

I’m a seventies child, so I went for a heather style red t-shirt with the Built in the Seventies logo. As someone who’s in the process of starting a brewery in a garage, the comfortable and heavy duty IPA sweatshirt.

Original & Unrestored

I also picked up a Green s/sleeved Logo T-Shirt, and a black Motorcycle Club Long Sleeve T-Shirt.

Original & Unrestored

Original & Unrestored sell a range of clothes from tees with short and long sleeves, to sweatshirts, hoodies and shirts. I’m particularly fond of the heather style which looks and feels very soft and comfortable.

Original & Unrestored

I’ve never felt such an immediate connection to a brand since I bought 501s as a teenager. Maybe it’s because most other brands don’t see men born in the 50s – 70s as an interesting audience, but we’re here and we still like clothes that resonate with us! Original & Unrestored have got a cracking range of stuff which all clicks with me, and which I’d be delighted to wear.

A new fan is born!

190 Comments

  1. iain maciver
    26 August 2017
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    the cars for me

  2. Tracy Nixon
    26 August 2017
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    Atari and Pacman!

  3. Katie
    26 August 2017
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    The music

  4. Julie T
    26 August 2017
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    The invention of the cash machine!

  5. Michelle smith
    26 August 2017
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    The music

  6. Sarah Corbett
    26 August 2017
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    It has to be the music!

  7. Laura Pritchard
    26 August 2017
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    The music (1980’s)

  8. Rob Hutchinson
    26 August 2017
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    My favourite thing about the 1970’s was the awesome movies, such as Jaws, Star Wars, Alien and The Godfather I & II.

  9. Leanne Hansell
    26 August 2017
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    The music is the best thing about the 1980s.

  10. Ritchie
    26 August 2017
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    The music from the 1960s

  11. Tracy Hanley
    26 August 2017
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    the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was made in 1971 the year i was born

  12. Fiona Rennie
    26 August 2017
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    Super Mario

  13. fiona waterworth
    26 August 2017
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    the beatles first appearance at the cavern was a month before I was born

  14. Solange
    26 August 2017
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    The fashion. You just can’t beat shoulder pads and a perm.

  15. Amanda Tanner
    26 August 2017
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    Got to be the kids shows and music.

  16. Angie McDonald
    27 August 2017
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    We had the best bands!

  17. Heather
    27 August 2017
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    The music

  18. 27 August 2017
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    The fashion.

  19. emma walters
    27 August 2017
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    80’s hair!!!

  20. claire glace
    27 August 2017
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    Born in the 60,s. Fave thing lack of technology playing outside and going without so you appreciate things more….

  21. Kat B
    27 August 2017
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    The walkman, I was glued to mine for most of the decade and a lot of the one after!

  22. STUART HARGREAVES
    27 August 2017
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    THE MUSIC – YOU CANT BEAT IT

  23. Graham Ross
    27 August 2017
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    England winning the world cup

  24. Bob Clark
    27 August 2017
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    politics had big ideas and principles

  25. Fiona K
    27 August 2017
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    The music

  26. 27 August 2017
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    FASHION MUSIC OPPERTUNITY

  27. Suzanne Jackson
    27 August 2017
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    The music

  28. Margaret gallagher
    27 August 2017
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    The music it was swinging

  29. Helen Hodgson
    27 August 2017
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    The 60’s – great music, family day’s out and playing outside with simple things like elastic, chalk and balls !!

  30. Andrew Loades
    27 August 2017
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    The music, such variety and quality that is not evident today

  31. Pam Francis Gregory
    27 August 2017
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    • Pam Francis Gregory
      27 August 2017
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      Flipping autofill! My fave is the quality Sci-fi TV of the late 60s

  32. Ruth Harwood
    27 August 2017
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    not really a fave, but I was born in the same month as Elvis, and shared a birthday with Michael Jackson! I guess the good thing is that the first Star Wars movie came out!!

  33. 27 August 2017
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    the music was and still is the bum x

  34. CAROLYN HEYWORTH
    27 August 2017
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    THE BEATLES WERE AROUND IN THE 1960s SO WAS A GOOD TIME FOR MUSIC

  35. 27 August 2017
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    the music

  36. Mike Gerrie
    27 August 2017
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    The cars and the music for me

  37. Sarah Mackay
    27 August 2017
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    The internet

  38. Lisa Parker
    27 August 2017
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    The 60’s music, the fashion and hairstyles x

  39. Andrew Petrie
    27 August 2017
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    The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

  40. Alica
    27 August 2017
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    The first automatic washing machine was produced 🙂

  41. Sheena Batey
    27 August 2017
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    Well I was born at the end of the Fifties bit was really a child of the 70’s and I loved Glam Rock.

  42. Jodie A Green
    27 August 2017
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    i was born at the very end of the 80’s but i do love the music from the 80’s, my mum played it a lot as i was growing up 🙂

  43. Eliza
    27 August 2017
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    Music and that people talked to each other!

  44. Adrienne McGroder
    27 August 2017
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    Kids cartoons, music and playing outside with our friends!

  45. maria blythin
    27 August 2017
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    spangles and all the lovely sweets that have now disappeared x

  46. Alison Joyce
    27 August 2017
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    Punk

  47. Tina Hewitt
    27 August 2017
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    It has to be the music

  48. Jo Carroll
    27 August 2017
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    Kids TV – I think it was much better back then, when the prerequisite wasn’t soley ‘to be cool and trendy’…but then I’m biased and a geek 😉

  49. Rebecca Sutton
    27 August 2017
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    i loved how i use to play out on the streets with my friends, how it was safe!

  50. Emma Lynaugh
    28 August 2017
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    The best thing? Alternative comedy. Second best thing? Goths!

  51. justine meyer
    28 August 2017
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    I cant remember I was only little

  52. Dean T
    28 August 2017
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    Super Nintendos

  53. Kat B
    29 August 2017
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    Has to be the music!

  54. Marc H
    29 August 2017
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    The movies, a time before CGI. So many classics from the 80s.

  55. Rich Tyler
    29 August 2017
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    80s Music

  56. Kim M
    29 August 2017
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    The music x

  57. Lisa Wilkinson
    29 August 2017
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    80s films

  58. Teresa Lee
    29 August 2017
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    The music

  59. 30 August 2017
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    I wzger hes PERFECT ɑt it!? Laugheⅾ Larry.

  60. aj
    30 August 2017
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    I was born! don’t need anything else to make it a great decade.

  61. Sally Collingwood
    30 August 2017
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    Mybe the music, not really sure if I like any of it to be honest!

  62. claire griffiths
    30 August 2017
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    the music

  63. Mari Sutherland
    30 August 2017
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    The first moon landing – love space stuff!

  64. Corinne Wright
    30 August 2017
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    It’s got to be the Music! I love pop music and the 80’s had some classic tunes!

  65. Ruth Wollerton
    30 August 2017
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    The clothes

  66. Stephanie Keill
    31 August 2017
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    The music!

  67. Mary H
    31 August 2017
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    The 80’s films I grew up with are hard to beat.

  68. sarah fielding
    31 August 2017
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    Definitely the music! The 90’s were full of amazing music!

  69. Isabell Whitenstall
    31 August 2017
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    The mini, skirt and car

  70. Karla Gold
    31 August 2017
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    Music baby 80s chick here love it

  71. Carol Thomas
    31 August 2017
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    The start of technology has we have come to know it: Jan 1, 1964. BASIC computer language invented

  72. Anneka
    1 September 2017
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    Not much good came from the 90’S I guess ???????? spice girls dodgy fashion and of course me!! Haha great question and great review would love to treat my step dad to some new clothes ????????????????

  73. Mary Baldwin
    1 September 2017
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    The music definitely and the fashion – who doesn’t like 60s style?

  74. Sharon H
    1 September 2017
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    I love everything about the 1960’s but it would have to be the Rolling Stones.

  75. Emma Walton
    1 September 2017
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    Man walked on the moon…Amazing!

  76. Bell Smyth
    1 September 2017
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    showing my age now but a twin tub! no more having to use the wash bord

  77. Maria Hackett
    1 September 2017
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    80s Music !!!

  78. Jayne Townson
    1 September 2017
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    I love the music, the clothes and the way we would play outside for hours. I also loved the sweets, you can’t beat going into your local sweet shop and buying a bag of penny sweets.

  79. Lorraine kirk
    2 September 2017
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    The best thing about the 70’s were Capris and moustaches!

  80. Chantel L
    2 September 2017
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    The 80’s music & movies!

  81. Sally K
    3 September 2017
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    The music! ????

  82. Helen Stratton
    3 September 2017
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    The children’s programmes – so much better than what’s on offer now! More simple.

  83. Karen Wells
    3 September 2017
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    man stepped on the moon.

  84. Alison Johnson
    3 September 2017
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    Not a lot! Flares & glam rock 🙂

  85. john prendergast
    4 September 2017
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    The music

  86. Ashleigh Allan
    5 September 2017
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    The music

  87. Ella Langford
    6 September 2017
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    the music and fashion

  88. amy bondoc
    6 September 2017
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    good old 80s pop!

  89. Stevie
    6 September 2017
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    Disco from the seventies. Black and white pictures too.

  90. Naz M
    8 September 2017
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    80s music

  91. Geoff French
    8 September 2017
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    I’m an original and unrestored example of the fifties! Can I remember back that far?? I suppose I liked the coal fires, it was somewhat gratifying that everything was covered in a light black film. It probably explains the highly patterened carpets everyone had 😉

  92. Amy Dickson
    9 September 2017
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    I was born in the 90s so it would have to be Chumbawumba and my tamagotchi

  93. Katie Skeoch
    9 September 2017
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    Kylie, care Bears & the bangles!

  94. Richard R
    10 September 2017
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    Being born in the seventies it has to be some of the great comedies like Porridge and open all hours even if they were still before I was born!

  95. Allan Wilson
    10 September 2017
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    The intermission during the short and the main film at the cinema.

  96. Terri Stammers
    10 September 2017
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    the game consoles and retro games I’m actually going to buy one next week it has over 7000 thousand games I want to go back to my childhood haha

  97. MANDY DOHERTY
    10 September 2017
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    The music

  98. Nicola Andrijauskas
    10 September 2017
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    It was the swinging sixties!!!

  99. jo liddement
    10 September 2017
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    Concorde and being able to hear its sonic boom from our house everytime it flew.

  100. Robert Price
    10 September 2017
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    The music

  101. Natasha R-M
    11 September 2017
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    Rising Damp, the comedy with Leonard Rossiter and Porridge, with Ronnie Barker.

  102. Christopher Higuera
    11 September 2017
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    I had to be the games.

  103. Jason Tolliss
    11 September 2017
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    The music, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple ect

  104. Angela Adelman
    12 September 2017
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    I have to say my birth. I am just glad I was born.

  105. Richard Smallbone
    12 September 2017
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    Ghostbusters, Super Mario Bros, ET, Pac-Man, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Married with children, The Cosby Show, Donkey Kong, Inspector Gadget……….I really could go on and on.

  106. Danica Clarke
    12 September 2017
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    The cheesy 80’s music! 🙂

  107. Christine Caple
    12 September 2017
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    The music

  108. Lynda Graham
    12 September 2017
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    The music

  109. Rachel Craig
    13 September 2017
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    The music.

  110. Carole Nott
    13 September 2017
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    the films and music

  111. Lesley Bradley
    13 September 2017
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    The long hot summer of ’76!

  112. paula cheadle
    13 September 2017
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    the music

  113. Nicola Marshall
    14 September 2017
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    It’s definitely got to be the music 1980’s.

  114. Susan B
    14 September 2017
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    The strength of the family and community values is my favourite thing.

  115. vicki gorton
    14 September 2017
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    I was born in the 80’s and you have to love a bit of 80’s music xx

  116. sharon catterall
    14 September 2017
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    the music and fashion of the 70’s and space invaders arcade game hehe

  117. Tracey Belcher
    15 September 2017
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    The Music – although I love more recent music too

  118. Michelle Carlin
    15 September 2017
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    I was born in the 60s, so it has to be the music for me.

  119. Victoria Prince
    15 September 2017
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    The music 🙂 I am a massive 80s music fan!

  120. Amanda Jayne Davis
    15 September 2017
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    The classic films and music

  121. Judith Allen
    15 September 2017
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    Kinky boots, mini skirts and moon landing.

  122. jacqui rankine
    15 September 2017
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    The music!

  123. Rachell Lynch
    15 September 2017
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    everything! it was the 80’s

  124. sheri darby
    15 September 2017
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    The music

  125. Laura Nice
    15 September 2017
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    The music

  126. Kelly Hirst
    15 September 2017
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    I was born in the 80s so it has to be the music

  127. Helen Gilbert
    15 September 2017
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    The eighties music and clothes…

  128. Phil Oneill
    16 September 2017
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    Star wars 🙂

  129. joanne casey
    16 September 2017
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    Some great films from the 70s and i don’t know if i’m remembering through rose coloured glasses but we actually had summers then

  130. carol boffey
    16 September 2017
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    has to be the music

  131. Sheila Reeves
    16 September 2017
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    The music, from The Beatles to Motown, quite a change

  132. Catherine Barton
    16 September 2017
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    The funky fashion & music of the 70’s……..

  133. Hayley Todd
    16 September 2017
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    The best things about the decade I was born in are David Bowie, Abba, The VW Beetle, Lava Lamps. Led Zeppelin and The Magic Roundabout!

  134. Jo McPherson
    16 September 2017
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    ABBA, Grease and Star Wars (the 70’s)

  135. Eve H Ogden
    16 September 2017
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    Grease

  136. 16 September 2017
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    The music – I was an 80s child

  137. Sylvia Paul
    16 September 2017
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    Space invaders

  138. AnnaS
    16 September 2017
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    The music.

  139. Julie Booth
    16 September 2017
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    The music, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple

  140. Karl Borowy
    16 September 2017
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    first space flight

  141. MARK HOPKINS
    17 September 2017
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    ABBA!!!!

  142. Edward Guerreiro
    17 September 2017
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    I was born in the 80’s. I think my favourite thing about that decade would be the action movies.

  143. Lucy Chester
    17 September 2017
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    I loved the music in the 80’s and still do.

  144. Jacqui Graham
    17 September 2017
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    The music (1980’s) it was the revolutionary and the best.

  145. amanda greensmith
    17 September 2017
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    the music

  146. Esma Blackwell
    17 September 2017
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    Alex the kid game.On Sega master system.

  147. Rebecca Brown
    17 September 2017
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    The games and the music were both brilliant, can i choose both? If I had to pick one, it’d be the games.

  148. Tricia cowell
    17 September 2017
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    The music in the 60’s

  149. james rowlands
    17 September 2017
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    The Music !980s Love going in the disco room

  150. lynn neal
    17 September 2017
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    Music The Beatles

  151. Cathryn Crawshaw
    17 September 2017
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    the music

  152. Matthew Warman
    17 September 2017
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    Karma Chameleon was no 1 on the day I was born in the 80s so I’d have to say the music!

  153. 17 September 2017
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    The music, the fashions, no mobile phones

  154. Tammy Neal
    17 September 2017
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    The music x

  155. Paula T
    17 September 2017
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    Love the cheesy 80’s music!!

  156. EJ Dunn
    17 September 2017
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    The rom com films!

  157. Gemma Cook
    17 September 2017
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    The Music!

  158. Kim Neville
    17 September 2017
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    The music

  159. JULIE WARD
    17 September 2017
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    Rock and roll, I was going to say the tv, lol

  160. Vicki-Anne Smith
    17 September 2017
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    The music – can’t beat the 80s!

  161. Mark Whittaker
    17 September 2017
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    That it was the Summer of Love …live in hope that spirit might be resurrected

  162. A.E. ADKINS
    17 September 2017
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    The music and the limited TV!

  163. Meryl Thomas
    17 September 2017
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    The music

  164. Kim W
    17 September 2017
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    60’s music although I wish I’d been a teen of the sixties instead!

  165. Melanie Burton
    17 September 2017
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    It’s got to be the music

  166. Karen Richards
    17 September 2017
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    The music

  167. Allan Fullarton
    17 September 2017
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    The music

  168. Sharon Johnes
    17 September 2017
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    The music, glam rock and rock generally. Kiss, def leopard, deep purple etc.

  169. tammi nutting
    17 September 2017
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    the music

  170. Deborah Clarke
    17 September 2017
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    The music!!! Can’t beat a bit of 80’s synth! The fashion was rather fun too

  171. Lila Taylor
    17 September 2017
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    The mod fashion of the 60’s

  172. Rachael Sexey
    17 September 2017
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    The music ????

  173. Natalie Crossan
    17 September 2017
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    The music

  174. Jeanette Leighton
    17 September 2017
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    The movies of the 70’s

  175. Eva Trelfa-Milek
    17 September 2017
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    I was born in 1980 and the music was fabulous!!

  176. Tracey Susan Anderson
    17 September 2017
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    Love everything about the 60’s especially the music and the fashion 🙂

  177. frances hopkins
    17 September 2017
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    The Clothes (1970’s)

  178. Victoria Allum
    17 September 2017
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    Roland Rat! lol! What is not to love !?!

  179. Nancy Bradford
    17 September 2017
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    The first people to walk on the moon x

  180. Beverley Whitby
    17 September 2017
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    I was a 70s child had to be Saturday morning TV banana splits, hong kong phooey champion the wonderhorse 🙂

  181. Annette Oliver
    17 September 2017
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    The Beatles

  182. SUSAN L HALL
    17 September 2017
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    The Clothes they were cool and often changed styles as everything was new then ( the 60’s) now things just go round and round

  183. Jo Hutchings
    17 September 2017
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    I was born in the late 70s and I really love the music and fashion from that era.

  184. Fiona jk42
    17 September 2017
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    I was born in the 50s and I love some of the classic films from that era.

  185. Lia Burns
    17 September 2017
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    Two simple words – SPICE GIRLS

  186. 17 September 2017
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    The vinyl addict one would be perfect for my partner!!!

  187. Jessica Townley
    17 September 2017
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    The PS1 and Crash Bandicoot!

  188. Diana
    17 September 2017
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    The music

  189. 23 September 2017
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