Scarred For Life – Growing Up Terrified in the 1970s…

An evening of childhood trauma at the Waiting Room with the writers of this sensational hit book!

Sunday 30th September, 8:00pm - 10:30pm

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Did you spend your childhood being traumatised by Worzel Gummidge, Hartley Hare, Children of the Stones and the Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water? Were you terrified of the Usborne Book of Ghosts in your school library, given nightmares by Horror Top Trumps and Game of Jaws, and then handed a Dalek’s Death Ray lolly to calm you down?

Then come and join our support group! The incredible Scarred For Life book was published in 2017, and became a huge hit. It is, essentially, a gigantic compendium of everything that terrified a generation of British kids in the extraordinary decade that was the 1970s… from appallingly graphic Public Information Films to violent comics (and Monster Fun), post-apocalyptic cinema, shocking sitcoms and a boom in paranormal news coverage! This, lest we forget, was the era when respectable BBC1 news programmes would run regular features on poltergeists, UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster. Not to mention Nationwide’s epoch-defining coverage of the ‘Hexham Heads’ and their accompanying werewolf…

In this unique event, Scarred For Life authors Stephen Brotherstone and David Lawrence will be visiting the Waiting Room to discuss the TV, films, music, comics, board games, books, adverts and crisps (no, really) that blighted all of our childhoods. They’ll be a slide show too, which you are at liberty to watch from behind your fingers, although sadly we’re unable to provide a sofa to hide behind. And the evening will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Bob Fischer, who spent the entirety of 1978 convinced that his family dog had rabies after glimpsing an appallingly irresponsible poster next to the headmaster’s office door in his primary school reception.

Always remember… OLD FRIDGES CAN KILL.

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The Waiting Room
9 Station Road, Eaglescliffe,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 0BU
01642 780465