Past in pictures: We take a step back in time to 1981

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

News pictures in the Exmouth Journal from 1981.

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

We’ve taken a step back in time to 1981 to see what was making the news in the Exmouth Journal.

The year 1981 saw some memorable moments in Exmouth, from a giant inflatable ball to the demolition works at Exeter Road.

In the year that Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were getting married, Exmouth was in the midst of constructing the much-needed urban relief road.

Also making the news 38 years ago was the severe wind and snow storm in December, which resulted in widespread flooding, such as that seen in Lympstone, near the Saddler’s Arms.

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant


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Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Exmouth view from Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Blowing up of giant ball at Langdon's Garage for the Round Table sports night - 1981. Picture: Exmou

Blowing up of giant ball at Langdon's Garage for the Round Table sports night - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Blowing up of giant ball at Langdon's Garage for the Round Table sports night - 1981. Picture: Exmou

Blowing up of giant ball at Langdon's Garage for the Round Table sports night - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Blowing up of giant ball at Langdon's Garage for the Round Table sports night - 1981. Picture: Exmou

Blowing up of giant ball at Langdon's Garage for the Round Table sports night - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Lympstone May Fayre - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Lympstone May Fayre - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Lympstone May Fayre - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Lympstone May Fayre - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Flooding at Lympstone - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Flooding at Lympstone - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

View of Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

View of Holy Trinity Church - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Devon County Show - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Devon County Show - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Devon County Show - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives

Devon County Show - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journ

Demolition of bridge at Exeter Road for the Exmouth Urban Relief Road - 1981. Picture: Exmouth Journal archives - Credit: Archant

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