Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lord New a Year of Change '68 a One of from It; MONEY GOT A MAKEOVER, THE OLYMPICS WAS IN FOR THE HIGH JUMP AND A JAMES BOND STAR WAS BORN. MARION MCMULLEN TURNS THE CLOCK BACK 50 YEARS TO 1968

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lord New a Year of Change '68 a One of from It; MONEY GOT A MAKEOVER, THE OLYMPICS WAS IN FOR THE HIGH JUMP AND A JAMES BOND STAR WAS BORN. MARION MCMULLEN TURNS THE CLOCK BACK 50 YEARS TO 1968

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Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

T WAS all change for British shoppers in 1968 as the first decimal coins started to appear.

IThe new five pence and 10 pence coins turned up on April 23, 1968 - a few weeks after April Fool's Day - and went into circulation alongside the old shillings and florins.

It marked the UK's first move towards decimalisation and the gradual countdown to Decimal Day on February 15, 1971. The new coins caused some confusion at first and some people were wary of the new-look money.

Adverts and brochures were brought out to help explain how it would all work and Lord Fiske, Chairman of the Decimal Currency Board, even demonstrated how to insert the five new penny coin into a parking meter.

Elsewhere Rosemary's Baby, starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, was terrifying cinema audiences with the publicity campaign urging: "Pray For Rosemary's Baby." Mia ate raw liver for one scene in director Roman Polanski's first American movie and Ira Levin, who wrote the original bestselling novel the film was based on, dedicated the follow-up book, Son Of Rosemary to the actress.

Unfortunately it was during filming that Mia received divorce papers from then-husband Frank Sinatra.

In the sporting world, American Dick Fosbury revolutionised athletics at the Mexico Olympics when he tackled the high jump using a new back-first manoeuvre. It led to him picking up a gold medal at the Games with a record breaking 7 ft 41/4 inch jump and the "Fosbury Flop" was quickly adopted by other high jumpers.

He modestly said later: "I adapted an antiquated style and modernized it to something that was efficient. I didn't know anyone else in the world would be able to use it and I never imagined it would revolutionize the event."

The year 1968 also saw the birth of future James Bond star Daniel Craig in Chester, while other celebrities who turn 50 this year include Will Smith, X-Men star Hugh Jackman, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, Catherine Tate and X-Files star Gillian Anderson.

One of the biggest music hits of the year was novelty comedy record Lily The Pink by Liverpool trio The Scaffold, aka John Gorman, poet Roger McGough and Paul McCartney's brother Mike McGear. …

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