The miners strikes of 1972 caused power cuts around the country. With no coal for the power stations blackouts lasting nine hours plunged Britain into darkness. I remember being on Christmas vacation from college and reading to candlelight.
Miners strike = not enough coal for the electricity power stations = 3 day working week to save the power = reduced income. Those long dark evenings playing cards by candlelight. Taking the dinner to cook in the neighbours gas oven. Then, the bin men went on strike, then the gravediggers. . . .
We spent hours upon hours playing velcro ball catch in the backyard (until, inevitably, the mitts got dropped so many times they became gunked up with dirt and leaves and didn't catch very well any more).