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There were plenty of things to worry about in 1972 – dockers had gone on strike, rail fares had gone through the roof and the troubles in Northern Ireland had everyone concerned.

On August 17, an issue closer to home prompted the paper to announce ‘The motorway comes to Mid Sussex’.

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The motorway in question was the M23 and, given the report used words such as “gouged”, it appears not everyone was happy about it.

Another thing people weren’t too happy about was the tarmac plant that had been built in Ardingly and was “belching smoke and dust” over the area’s fields. Farmer SP Phillips told the Middy the grass had been left “unpalatable” for his animals.

Then there was Dutch elm disease.

Although the disease had been around for decades, it was the 1970s that saw it cause the most damage after a particularly virulent strain killed more than 25 million trees in the UK alone.

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One grand old elm was felled at Muster Green as Cuckfield Urban Council felt it could not be saved.

All these things, though, were low on the list of priorities for Mid Sussex children – especially when it was sunny.

One of our pictures shows 11-year-old Karen Parks and her little brother Sean, 4, having a good old splash around in the paddling pool in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath.

They were joined by Carol Clark, who was also 11, and all three seemed to be having a grand old time.

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Over at Dicker Nursery School, in Burgess Hill, the toddlers dressed in a variety of national costumes to raise money for a very good cause.

With help from their teacher, Molly Ball, they raised £50 for the Dr Barnardo’s Burgess Hill Cot Fund.

Do you recognise anyone in these photos?

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