Where Were You When..?

As the BIG season of live sporting action and live music continues... and for a little feel good nostalgic value, we’ve taken a look back over the last 5 decades to see where we were when some of the UK’s finest and most memorable summer moments were happening.

The 1960s

Saturday 30th July 1966

1966 World Cup Win and the Glasdon Vergemaster

In 66 we were 7. Echoing the excitement and innovative spirit of the time, Glasdon was quickly establishing itself as a pioneer within the design and manufacture of safety and environmental products using FRP – Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic.

Meet the original Glasdon Vergemaster.
It may not have kept the fans off the pitch in ’66...

... but the Vergemaster was designed to replace the old concrete and timber road markers, offering a lower maintenance and much safer solution.

Today known as the Vergemaster RX™, this hazard marker post is built with a long lasting polymer (Reflexapol®) and still proudly stands along roads across the UK today.

For information about the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of England’s 1966 World Cup Win visit The FA's Official Website.

The 1970s

Glastonbury Pyramid Stage

Originally billed as the headline act, The Kinks were replaced by T. Rex at short notice.

The final line-up included T-Rex, Stackridge and Al Stewart.

Friday 1st July 1977

Virginia Wade takes Wimbledon Women’s Title

Tennis Ball image

In her 16th Wimbledon appearance, Wade made it to the final following her win over defending champion Chris Evert.

In the final, Wade beat Betty Stove of Holland. Celebrating her Silver Jubilee year, Queen Elizabeth II was present for the final for the first time in 25 years and presented Virginia with her trophy.

The Olympic Kiosk being prepared for the big event

In this decade, we were proudly launching a GRP (Glassfibre-Reinforced Plastic) Kiosk.

And thanks to its revolutionary design and following a debut at Preston Bus Station (no less), the kiosk was selected for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich and then again for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal.

The Glasdon Olympic GRP Kiosk was born.

Glasdon GRP inside the QE2

Glasdon GRP was by now also sailing the high seas around the world... as it was used to construct interiors of the QE2, which launched in 1967!

The 1980s

Winning Gold Medals

19th July – 3rd August 1980

Allan Wells became the first Briton to win Gold for the 100m in 56 years, while Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett battled it out to take Gold from each other in the 800m and 1500m!

Live Aid on the box

Saturday 13th July 1985

Live Aid – Wembley Stadium, London – Crowd 72,000

“Don’t go to the pub tonight, please stay in and give us your money” – Bob Geldof

Watching a phenomenal line up some of the greatest musicians to ever live – the UK contributed £1,100,000 of the £30 million global total!

In 1985, Glasdon Lifebuoy Housings were becoming as recognisable as the red post box!

Glasdon Lifebuoy Housing in 1985

The initial design of the Lifebuoy Housing was produced in 1970 and was installed along the River Thames. Following this we made it our mission to increase awareness of the solution to stationing and protecting, vital lifesaving equipment on waterside locations across the world.

The 1990s

Saturday 17th August 1996

David Beckham’s Right Foot!

The right foot that scored THAT goal!

The World meets David Beckham’s right foot as he scores a goal from the half way line in Manchester Utd’s season opener v Wimbledon.

In the 90s, we were hitting the mark raising awareness of the environment and encouraging people to use litter bins.

We even made it into The Guinness Book of Records for the world’s largest litter bin... the giant Topsy Bin!

World Record Breaking Topsy BinSplash the Dolphin

And we also introduced the world to our very own... Splash the Dolphin!

Designed and launched in 1992, ‘Splash’ went on to be purchased for leisure and retail sites across the globe including Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, Cuba and Japan.

The 2000s

Monday 12th September 2005

Cricket Bat

The Australians took the lead at Lords, but England brought it back by 2 runs at Edgbaston as Freddie Flintoff stole the show. The rain at Old Trafford gave the Australians some respite to a draw, but England went on to dominate proceedings at Trent Bridge and unless the Australians could win at The Oval... the urn was to become England’s.

Glasdon GRP Ticket Kiosks

In the following year, we were celebrating a win of our own having designed and manufactured brand new custom made GRP ticket kiosks for the All England Lawn Tennis Club and just in time for the Wimbledon Championships to start in June 2006.

The 2010s

Friday 27th July 2012 – London Summer Olympic Games

The race to the London Olympic Games began for us in April 2011 as we assisted the Olympic Games Committee and partners prepare venues and locations for the long awaited day to arrive.

Glasdon products in various locations during London 2012

Sunday 7th July 2013

Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon

Following his Gold at the Olympics in 2012, Andy Murray becomes the first British Men’s Winner at Wimbledon for 77 years!

Murray took the title defeating Novak Djokovic in 3 straight sets.

AND NOW – it’s all to play for...

And for us... the next generation of innovations launching soon!

The podium

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