WE TAKE another time-bending trip back through the lens of the Daily Echo photographers – this time to April 1988.

It was the month the house price boom was said to have boosted wealth in London and the south-east by £39 billion over the previous four years, while Scotland and the north-west of England experienced an £18 billion slump.

It was announced by the government on April 21, that nurses were to receive a 15% pay rise at the cost of £794 million which was to be funded by the Treasury.

In sport, Sandy Lyle became the first British winner of the US Masters on April 10, and on April 24 Luton Town beat Arsenal 3-2 in the Littlewoods Cup final at Wembley. A second goal from Brian Stein in the 92nd minute meant victory for the team.

The average house price was £48,932 and a first class

postage stamp would have cost just 19p.

The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum was a popular book while 3 Men and a Baby had cinema goers flocking to picture houses.