The Journey: 90th anniversary

Then and now

group of people in 1943

1930

Price of a pint of beer

Approximately 5p

Take in the view

Blackpool Tower (158 metres/ 518 feet)

UK population

Estimated at around 45 million

Monarch

George V

League champions

Sheffield Wednesday FC

Technology

John Logie Baird installs a TV receiver at 10 Downing Street

Film

Anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front wins Best Picture at the Oscars

Music

Bing Crosby makes his first recording as a solo vocalist

Kids

The Mickey Mouse comic strip makes its first appearance

The outdoors

The Kinder Mass Trespass, asserting walkers’ ‘right to roam’, is just two years away

In the news

On April 18 1930, the BBC announces “There is no news”, then fills its 15-minute bulletin with piano music

Trailblazer

Amy Johnson lands in Australia, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia

Nobel Peace Prize

Nominees include British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald

Protest

Mahatma Gandhi begins a 200-mile march to protest against British rule in India

Books

Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons is published, showcasing the wonders of the Lake District

And so it begins

YHA is founded, with the stated aim “to help all, but especially young people, to a greater knowledge, use and love of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels”.

2020

group of children sitting on grass

Price of a pint of beer

Approximately £3.70

Take in the view

The Shard (310 metres/ 1017 feet)

UK population

Estimated at around 65 million

Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II

League champions

Liverpool FC

Technology

Apple becomes Wall Street’s first $2 trillion company

Film

Korean black comedy thriller Parasite wins Best Picture at the Oscars

Music

Taylor Swift’s new album streamed more than 80 million times on its first day

Kids

The Disney Plus channel reaches 60 million subscribers, nine months after its launch

The outdoors

The 2,795-mile England Coast Path nears its completion, becoming our 16th National Trail

In the news

On April 18 2020, at the height of the Covid outbreak, veteran Captain Tom Moore breaks the £20m barrier in his NHS fundraising

Trailblazer

Runner Liz Warner completes her 30th marathon in 30 different countries to raise money for local, woman-empowered communities

Nobel Peace Prize

Nominees include 17-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg

Protest

A statue of slave trader Edward Colston is torn down in Bristol

Books

Sales surge in March as readers stock up on books over lockdown

And so it continues

YHA marks its 90th anniversary, releasing a 10-year strategy that “will see us reaching more people and growing our impact, with a particular focus on those who could benefit the most, in an era that needs us more than ever.”

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