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Signpost 61 (5 July)

July is upon us, and whilst people would usually be preparing for summer holidays, many are still staying at home and keeping safe. We hope this week’s Signpost selection keeps you entertained and interested!

During this week in:

1952: Tram services in London were finally withdrawn after nearly 100 years

1975: Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles championship

1985: Boris Becker won Wimbledon at the age of 17

1988: The Piper Alpha oil rig caught fire in the North Sea, killing 167 people


  • The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, popularly known as the Grotto, is a 62-acre catholic outdoor shrine in Portland, Oregon. You can read the fascinating history of The Grotto here, and you can enjoy their daily spiritual reflections here.


  • The Met Office operates a very useful website that allows you to monitor weather forecasts across the world and get detailed reports on more local weather. You can see the UK weather map here, and choose to zoom in on specific areas. You can also visit the UK Storm Centre which gives information on incoming storms and is currently offering the opportunity to name next year’s storms.


  • The BBC launched a daily news television programme this week in 1954, and now BBC News is a global service with a 24/7 news channel, website and even podcasts. You can see profiles of all BBC News presenters here and read this interesting article about the development of BBC News.
  • The 5th of July is Tynwald Day, the national day of the Isle of Man, named after the Tynwald, the island’s parliamentary body. You can read the history of Tynwald here and find out more about how it works here.



  • Feeling nostalgic? The Magic Roundabout, a firm favourite with viewers of all ages, was first shown in 1965. You can listen to the story behind the much-loved series here, with tales of Zebedee, Florence and Ermintrude, and how Dougal the dog nearly caused international relations with France to break down.

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