The end of an era in 31 stunning images of Leicestershire from 1988

Join us again for a trip to the latter part of the 1980s. No, it has nothing to do with breaking things up like the title suggests. I just like the word.

Here’s another collection of nostalgia to bring you back right away. As always, there’s a wide selection of champion dogs at Christmas Day Sprogs and even a yogurt-coated Education Minister.

It was the year Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving Prime Minister of the century and Colin Pitchfork was sentenced to life imprisonment based on the first use of DNA evidence in a murder trial. The first Red Nose Day raises £15m for charity and the average house price is £60,000.

Golfer Sandy Lyle became Britain’s first US Masters winner and Luton Town FC beat Arsenal in the Littlewoods Cup final at Wembley. GCSEs were sat by students for the first time and dog licenses were abolished.

The Piper Alpha oil rig explodes with the tragic loss of 167 workers and 35 people die following the Clapham Junction rail accident. Lockerbie cried as the Pan Am flight exploded killing a total of 270 people – 11 on the ground and the 259 who were on board. Beloved comedic actor Roy Kinnear dies the day after falling off a horse on a set in Spain.

Health Minister Edwina Currie sparks outrage by saying most UK egg production is infected with the salmonella bacteria causing an immediate drop in egg sales nationwide and resigns his post as Minister of Health. Unemployment is just over 2,100,000, the lowest level in nearly eight years.

We hope you enjoy the selection of photos and feel free to leave your memories of the time in the comments.

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