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The UK in Decades

It’s always surprising how much can change over the years; once upon a time the ATM machine was a revolution, now a small device in the palm of our hand can connect us to almost anyone in the world.

A lot has happened in the last 50 years, so we decided to take a closer look at several of these developments that occurred in the UK’s capital. Read below to find out more about what has been going on in London since the 1960s.

60s

  • Scotsman John Shepherd-Barron invents the ATM machine and the world's first is installed in Enfield, London in 1967.
  • The first Notting Hill Carnival takes place in 1966; inspired by Trinidadian activist Claudia Jones, Rhaune Laslett and the London Free School created the event to celebrate the British West Indian culture.
  • In 1966 at Wembley Stadium, England win their first ever FIFA World Cup.

70s

  • Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on Frith Street was the site of Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance in 1970.
  • Virginia Wade wins the women's Wimbledon finals in 1977, she is the last British woman to have won a Grand Slam title.
  • In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Silver Jubilee marking her 25 years on the throne, it was celebrated with large scale parties all around the UK in June.

80s

  • The first ever London Marathon took place in 1981; American Dick Beardsley and Norweigan, Inge Simonsen crossed the finishing line holding hands, with a time of 2hrs, 11minutes and 48seconds.
  • The first Live Aid concert was held in 1985, organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure with over 72,000 people attending.
  • The first ever episode of London based soap opera Eastenders airs on the 18th February 1985, the show is still running and has had over 5000 episodes.

90s

  • In 1995 Professor Stephen Hawking became the second physicist ever to sell out the Royal Albert Hall, the first physicist had been Professor Albert Einstein in 1933.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published by Bloomsbury in London on the 26th June 1997.

00s

  • On the 2nd of July 2005 Live 8 takes place in Hyde Park, it was one of the concerts that took place as part of the Make Poverty History campaign. Performers included U2, Paul McCartney, Snoop Dogg and many more.
  • In 2000 the world saw another millennium and more than 2million people lined the streets of the Thames to watch the fireworks spectacular.

10s

  • London hosts the 2012 Olympics, in the newly built Olympic park in Stratford. Great Britain came third in the medal count, winning 65 medals altogether.
  • Sunday 7th July 2013 marked the day Andy Murray won the Wimbledon title, becoming the first Brit to win the title since Fred Perry last won in 1936.
  • In April 2011 Katherine Middleton marries Prince William, making her the future Queen of England.

SunLife offers a range of straightforward and affordable products including over 50s life insurance, funeral plans, equity release, pet insurance, home insurance, car insurance, ISAs and Will writing services.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife? 

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). Phoenix Life Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 110418). As part of SunLife’s commitment to quality service and security, telephone calls may be recorded.

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan the funeral services are arranged and provided by Dignity Funerals Limited. Dignity Funerals Limited is a company registered in England and Wales No. 00041598. VAT registered No. 486 6081 14. 4 King Edwards Court, King Edwards Square, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP. Telephone No. 0121 354 1557. Fax No. 0121 355 808. Part of Dignity plc. A British Company. Dignity is not authorised or regulated for this activity by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority but is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

The funeral services are arranged and provided by Dignity Funerals Ltd which is not authorised or regulated for this activity by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority but is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides Family Life Insurance?

SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.