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Anglia Archive: The Queen in Newmarket in 1984

The Queen's love of horses in well known and in 1984 she attended the 100th annual stallion sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket, Suffolk. She watched with a keen eye as the horses were led around the ring. Her Majesty presented the King George V Champion Challenge Cup to the owner of Barley Hill. Catering students from Isle of Ely College were on hand to prepare and serve luncheon.

The Queen will start the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a day at the races attended one of her favourite events - the Epsom Derby.

28 years ago saw Torvill and Dean win the Ice Dancing gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, a bitter year-long miners' strike started and the comedian Tommy Cooper died.

Other events in 1984:

  • The Queen opened the Thames Barrier designed to protect London from flooding
  • The FTSE 100-share Index was created
  • British Telecom is privatised
  • The government announces the end of the 'O' Level exam to be replaced by the GCSE
  • Prince Harry was born in September
  • The English £1 note is withdrawn from circulation after 150 years

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