Young Hearts Run Free
Lyn Paul begins 1987 by completing the seven-week run of Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Derek Holt, who played Dick Whittington's feline friend, later recalled that the pantomime had not always gone entirely as directed: “Lyn Paul (Dick) tripped over me and he also became separated from ‘the cat’ when several actors trod on it!” (Slough & South Bucks Observer, 11th February 2018)
On 4th April the New Seekers (minus Lyn Paul) return to the singles chart as part of Ferry Aid. The single, a re-recording of The Beatles' classic Let It Be, is a Stock, Aitken and Waterman production. It features top recording artists and celebrities from the 1960s, '70s and '80s including: Andy Bell (Erasure), Boy George, Bucks Fizz, Hazell Dean, Stephanie Lawrence, Paul McCartney, The Nolans and Steve Strange. It spends seven weeks on the chart including three weeks at number 1. Proceeds from the sale of the single are donated to The Sun newspaper's Zebrugge disaster fund.
During 1987 Lyn meets Alan Young - the man who is to become her second husband. Eleven years later, interviewed in the Weekly News, Lyn described how her best friend Moira had brought them together:
"She'd been going out with Alan's best friend so I knew him on a social basis for about four years ... Moira reckoned we'd make an ideal couple ... She held a dinner party to which Alan and I were both invited. At a late stage in the evening, I told a joke and Alan roared with laughter ... It's weird, but from that moment I saw him in a completely different light. I turned to Moira and said, 'He's not bad, is he?'"
(Weekly News, 22nd August 1998, page 16)
At Christmas, billed as "the girl who taught the world to sing in perfect harmony", Lyn stars alongside the Krankies (Janette and Ian Tough) in the panto Aladdin at the Sunderland Empire. Lyn is praised in the Sunderland Echo as "the bonniest Aladdin" ever to grace the stage.
Recalling the time in an interview in 2005, Lyn said:
"I've worked at the Sunderland Empire many times. It has so much character ... although the dressing rooms were awful!
I have terrific memories of 'Aladdin' in particular. I was with Alan, which made it special, but the whole cast and crew were great too.
We used to play darts in the pub next door to the theatre every night and we all became quite proficient by the end of the run." (Sunderland Echo, 6th September 2005)
pictured outside the Sunderland Empire.
Photo courtesy of the
In 1987 Lyn Paul's younger sister Nikki Belsher joins the West End production of Cats at the New London Theatre. playing the role of Jemima. Nikki also appears on television, making her début on 3-2-1 with a song and dance number, Dancing Is Everything, from the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.
In the USA the second series of the popular TV programme The Golden Girls takes to the air in September. One of the episodes, "Vacation" (first shown in the United States on 29th November) ends with Rose Nylund (played by Betty White) singing the chorus of I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing.
|In the News - 1987
The South African government bans newspapers from reporting on the African National Congress (ANC).
Douglas Lovelock, the British police Inspector who accidentally shot and paralysed Cherry Groce during a raid on a house in Brixton in September 1985, is cleared of all criminal charges on 15th January.
No Sex Please, We're British closes on 16th January after 6,761 performances in London's West End.
On 20th January UK police crack down on soccer hooligans with a series of dawn raids at 30 addresses in London, the Home Counties and the Midlands.
On the same day Church of England envoy Terry Waite is taken hostage in Beirut. He had gone to Lebanon in the hope of negotiating the release of four hostages, including the British journalist John McCarthy.
Mikhail Gorbachev begins to implement his policies of glasnost and perestroika.
On 29th January the President of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino, sends in troops to flush out a group of armed rebels who had been occupying the Channel 7 television centre in Manila for two days.
Pianist and entertainer Liberace dies of AIDS at his home in Palm Springs on 4th February.
The News International dispute is brought to an end on 6th February when the NGA calls off its picketing of Rupert Murdoch's Wapping print works.
Cynthia Payne is found not guilty of running a brothel at her home in Streatham.
Andy Warhol dies on 22nd February, aged 58, after a gall bladder operation.
The Church of England General Synod votes to allow the ordination of women priests, but will study an inquiry by a committee of bishops before it gives the final go-ahead.
Danny Kaye dies on 3rd March.
On Friday, 6th March a car ferry, the Townsend Thoresen Herald of Free Enterprise, capsizes outside the Belgian port of Zebrugge, killing 193 passengers and crew.
The musical Les Misérables opens on Broadway on 12th March at The Broadway Theatre. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle reprise their roles from the London production.
Winston Silcott is jailed for life on 19th March for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock in the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots (the conviction was quashed in November 1991).
Thirty-one people are injured on 23rd March, when an IRA car bomb explodes at the British army barracks in Rheindahlen, West Germany.
Platoon wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 59th Academy Awards ceremony on 30th March.
The late Duchess of Windsor's jewelry is sold for £31 million on Friday, 3rd April at a Sotheby's auction on the shore of Lake Geneva.
On 7th April Paul Simon plays the first of six sold-out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Anti-apartheid demonstrators including Billy Bragg and Jerry Dammers picket the shows.
On 9th April the Princess of Wales opens the UK's first AIDS ward at the Middlesex Hospital in London.
On the same day the UK government orders an inquiry into the Al-Fayed brothers £650 million purchase of Harrods.
Harvey Proctor, the Conservative MP for Billericay in Essex, is arrested on charges of indecency involving teenage rent boys. He appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in central London on 16th April. At his trial in May he pleads guilty and is fined £1,450.
More than 100 people are killed on Tuesday, 21st April when a Tamil Tiger bomb explodes at a bus terminal in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
On 23rd April Margaret Thatcher confirms that former MI5 chief Sir Maurice Oldfield was gay.
On 30th April the Law Lords approve the sterilization of a 17-year-old girl with learning disabilities.
President Botha's National Party is returned to power in the whites only election in South Africa.
The frontrunner for the Democrats' 1988 presidential nomination, Gary Hart, drops out of the contest on 8th May, a week after allegations had been made of an extra-marital affair with Donna Rice.
On 9th May Johnny Logan wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with the song Hold Me Now. In so doing he becomes the first performer to win the contest twice, having previously won for Ireland in 1980 with What's Another Year. The UK entry, Only The Light by Rikki, finishes in 13th place.
Rita Hayworth dies on 15th May, aged 67.
The USS Stark is hit by an Iraqi missile. 37 of the crew are killed.
On 28th May a 19-year-old West German, Mathias Rust, lands his Cessna plane on Moscow's Red Square. He is subsequently sentenced to four years in a Soviet labour camp, where he serves 432 days.
In the UK the Conservative Party wins the general election held on Thursday, 11th June. The Tories win 376 seats and have a Parliamentary majority of 101. Margaret Thatcher becomes the first Prime Minister for more than 160 years to win three successive terms of office. Diane Abbott, voted in as the new Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, becomes the first black woman to be elected to House of Commons.
Princess Anne is given the title "Princess Royal".
On 14th June, at the age of 73, Willy Brandt steps down after 20 years as head of Germany's Social Democrats.
The number of people unemployed in the UK falls below 3 million.
Fred Astaire dies on 22nd June, aged 88.
Rupert Murdoch buys the Today newspaper.
The Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, the so-called "Butcher of Lyon", is sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday, 3rd July. The 73-year-old former chief of Gestapo in Lyon is found guilty on 341 separate charges.
In the USA National Security Adviser John Poindexter reveals that money from arms sales to Iran was used to provide financial support to Nicaraguan rebels.
Jeffrey Archer wins his libel action against Express Newspapers and the Editor of The Star over allegations that he had sex with prostitute Monica Coghlan.
Kylie Minogue has her first hit in Australia with a cover of Little Eva's The Locomotion.
On Wednesday, 22nd July Naji Salim al-Ali, the Palestinian cartoonist who had been critical of Ayatollah Khomeini, is shot in the face by two men outside his newspaper office in Chelsea. He does not recover and dies five weeks later.
MTV Europe is launched on 1st August. The first video played is Money For Nothing by Dire Straits, which included the line 'I want my MTV'.
Dr. David Owen resigns as leader of the SDP on 6th August. He is replaced by Robert Maclennan on 27th August.
16 people are massacred in Hungerford when a man brandishing a gun runs amok through the town. The assassin, Michael Ryan, takes his own life.
Rudolf Hess, deputy to Adolf Hitler at the start of the Second World War, commits suicide in Spandau Prison on Monday, 17th August.
Lee Marvin dies on 29th August.
On 2nd September the UK government launches a new, more explicit AIDS publicity campaign: "Don't die of ignorance".
Twenty-five English football fans involved in the Heysel stadium disaster are extradited to Belgium on 9th September.
Peter Tosh, founder of the reggae band The Wailers, dies on 11th September.
On 23rd September an Australian court lifts the ban on the publication of Peter Wright's autobiography, Spycatcher.
The representatives of more than 70 countries attending an international conference in Montreal agree to cut the emission of CFCs by 50% by 1999.
On 4th October the weekly announcement of the new BBC singles chart is switched from Tuesday lunchtime to Sunday evening.
On 8th October an inquest into the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise returns a verdict of unlawful killing.
Hurricane force winds hit London and the south-east of England on 16th October. Eighteen people are killed and hundreds injured. Up to a million trees are uprooted or destroyed and damage to property is estimated at £100 million.
Lester Piggott is jailed for three years for tax evasion on 23rd October.
Eamon Andrews, presenter of This Is Your Life, dies on 5th November, aged 64.
On the same day London City Airport is officially opened by The Queen. The Prince of Wales had laid the foundation stone of the terminal building, designed by R Seifert and Partners, on 2nd May 1986 and the first plane, a Brymon Airways DHC-7, had landed at the airport just over a year later on 31st May 1987. Commercial flights began on 26th October.
Eleven people are killed on Sunday, 8th November when an IRA bomb goes off at a Remembrance Day service in Enniskillen. A further victim died in 2000, after 13 years in a coma.
On 11th November Vincent Van Gogh's painting Irises is sold for $49 million (£27 million) - a world record for a work of art.
The musical La Cage Aux Folles closes on Boroadway on 15th November after 1,761 performances.
On 18th November an escalator fire at Kings Cross tube station claims 31 lives and leaves 19 others seriously injured.
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis get married on 21st November.
Construction work begins on the Channel Tunnel on 1st December.
On 7th December a tribute concert is held at Carnegie Hall to honour Harry Chapin on what would have been his 45th birthday. Among the stars appearing are Judy Collins, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen. Chapin wrote the New Seekers' 1972 hit Circles.
On Tuesday, 8th December, at a summit meeting in Washington, the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the US President Ronald Reagan sign an agreement to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons in Europe.
An extra second is added to the end of 1987 to take account of the slowing rotation of the Earth.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Belinda Carlisle
- Crowded House
- Primal Scream
- Wet Wet Wet
|UK Best-selling Singles
When Smokey Sings
The Living Daylights
- Rick Astley
Never Gonna Give You Up
- Bee Gees
You Win Again
- Blow Monkeys
It Doesn't Have To Be This Way
- Boy George
Everything I Own
- Randy Crawford
- Terence Trent D'Arby
- Ferry Aid
Let It Be
- Aretha Franklin and George Michael
I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
- George Harrison
Got My Mind Set On You
- Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
- Billy Idol
- Michael Jackson
and Siedah Garrett
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
- Ben E. King
Stand By Me
- Living In A Box
Living In A Box
- Johnny Logan
Hold Me Now
[Eurovision Song contest winner]
- Los Lobos
La Isla Bonita
Who's That Girl
- Mel and Kim
- Freddie Mercury
The Great Pretender
- George Michael
- George Michael
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
- George Michael
I Want Your Sex
- Alison Moyet
Weak In The Presence Of Beauty
- Pet Shop Boys
Always On My Mind
- Pet Shop Boys
It's A Sin
- Pet Shop Boys
and Dusty Springfield
What Have I Done To Deserve This
- Labi Siffre
(Something Inside) So Strong
- Carly Simon
Coming Around Again
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
China In Your Hand
With Or Without You
- Jackie Wilson
I Get The Sweetest Feeling
|One Hit Wonders
- Michael Crawford
The Music Of The Night
- John Farnham
You're The Voice
Pump Up The Volume
- Mental As Anything
Live It Up
- Morris Minor and the Majors
Stutter Rap (No Sleep 'Til Bedtime)
- Fleetwood Mac
Tango In The Night
- Nanci Griffith
Lone Star State Of Mind
- George Harrison
- Michael Jackson
- George Michael
- Alison Moyet
- New Order
- Dolly Parton,
and Emmylou Harris
- Pet Shop Boys
Sign 'O' The Times
- Chris Rea
Dancing With Strangers
- Cliff Richard
- Simply Red
Men And Women
- The Smiths
The World Won't Listen
- The Smiths
Strangeways Here We Come
- Bruce Springsteen
Tunnel Of Love
Nothing Like The Sun
- 10,000 Maniacs
In My Tribe
Bridge Of Spies
The Joshua Tree
- Rosie Vela
- Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat
- Wet Wet Wet
Popped In Souled Out
|At the Movies
- Beverley Hills Cop II
- Blue Velvet
- Brighton Beach Memoirs
- Children Of A Lesser God
- Crocodile Dundee
- Cry Freedom
- Dona Herlinda and Her Son
- Duet For One
- 84 Charing Cross Road
- Full Metal Jacket
- Hope and Glory
- Lethal Weapon
- Little Shop Of Horrors
- The Living Daylights
- The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne
- A Month In The Country
- The Mosquito Coast
- The Name Of The Rose
- Outrageous Fortune
- Personal Services
- Prick Up Your Ears
- Radio Days (Woody Allen)
- Rita, Sue and Bob Too
- September (Woody Allen)
- Tenue de Soirée
- Three Amigos!
- Tin Men
- The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV
- The Witches Of Eastwick
- Withnail And I
Tony Award for Best Musical:
Award for Musical of the Year:
- Alas, Smith and Jones
- 'Allo 'Allo
- Blackadder the Third
(Series 2 and 3)
- Cagney and Lacey
- The Dame Edna Experience!
- Doctor Who (Season 24)
- French and Saunders
- The Golden Girls
(USA: Series 3)
- In Sickness and In Health
- Inspector Morse
- Last Of The Summer Wine
- The New Statesman
- The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
- Spitting Image
- Three Up Two Down
- Yes, Prime Minister
of the Year:
Rugby: New Zealand win the inaugural World Cup, beating France 29:9 in the final.
Football: Coventry City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the FA Cup final when Spurs player Gary Mabutt scores an own goal in extra time.
Everton end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division.
Tennis: Pat Cash beats Ivan Lendl in straight sets to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon (7-6, 6-2, 7-5).
In the women's singles final Martina Navratilova has a straight sets victory over Steffi Graf (7-5, 6-3). She has another straight sets victory over Graf in the US Open final (7-6, 6-1).
Cycling: Stephen Roche wins the Tour de France.
Cricket: Australia win the World Cup.
The England cricket team's tour of Pakistan is disrupted by a row between umpire Shakoor Rana and the England captain Mike Gatting.
Golf: Nick Faldo wins the Open Championship at Muirfield.
Ian Woosnam wins the World Matchplay Championship.
The European team retains the Ryder Cup, beating the USA 15-13 at Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio. It is the first time that the US team had been defeated on American soil.
Laura Davies becomes the first British player to win the US Ladies' Open.
Snooker: Steve Davis wins the World Snooker Championship for the fourth time (18-14), beating Joe Johnson, who he had lost to in the final the previous year. Davis also wins the UK Championship for the fourth time, beating Jimmy White 16-14 in the final.
Motor Racing: Nelson Piquet wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the third time.
Man Booker Prize
Anthills Of The Savannah
Circles Of Deceit
The Colour Of Blood
The Book And The Brotherhood