Cornish Jubilee Time Line Commemoration 1971 to 1980

The major events that have taken place in or relating to Cornwall 1971 to 1980


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Begun as a Platinum Jubilee project covering the period of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reign, following conclusion of the Jubilee this project will continue adding to the years covered and also to the content for each year with events from throughout Cornwall. This is an ongoing project, a positive working legacy of the 2022 Jubilee.

Click the year link above to go to that years event


‘Duchy not the County’ - The Kilbrandon Report into the British constitution recommended that, when referring to Cornwall - official sources should cite the Duchy not the County. This was suggested in recognition of its constitutional position.




Newquay Museum has a close working relationship with United Response based in Truro, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs. United Response was founded in 1973 with just one service in West Sussex, they now support around 2,000 people, work in 400 locations across England and Wales and employ more than 3,500 staff.


Local Government Reorganisation saw the creation of six borough councils across Cornwall with in the Unitary Authority controlled by Cornwall Council. These were Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall, Penwith and Restormel.


The Cornish Nationalist Party was formed by people who left Cornwall's main nationalist party Mebyon Kernow on 28 May 1975, but it is no longer aiming for independence. 


The sizzling summer of 1976The summer of 1976 remains our longest recorded spell of hot weather. Here in the West Country, we went for 45 days without any rain at all. Temperatures reached near 30 degress in Cornwall causing a drought, many streets had to use standby taps as water shortages increased


Brymon takes over Newquay Airport. During the year Brymon carried over 25,000 passengers on its Newquay-London flight alone. Alidair, Guernsey Air Lines and Jersey European Air lines all ran services. 


A Cornish resident Dr Peter D Michell wins The Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This   was awarded to the Cornish Resident Peter D. Mitchell "for his contribution to the understanding of biological energy transfer through the formulation of the chemiosmotic theory." Dr Michell died in Bodmin in 1992.


European Parliament Election held in Cornwall and Plymouth. The Cornwall and Plymouth European Parliament constituency was created in 1979 which consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bodmin, Falmouth and Camborne, North Cornwall, Plymouth Devonport, Plymouth Drake, Plymouth Sutton, St Ives and Truro. 


William Golding wins Booker Prize. On 21st October 1980, William Golding was awarded the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage. Golding was 69 and until 2019, when the Booker Prize was shared between Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood (aged 79), he had been the oldest winner of the award.