This is your "Smurf of the Month" at National petrol stations, July 1979. The Smurfs' orgins actually date back to the late 1950s, but over here in England most of us had never heard of them until they released a pop record called The Smurf Song, which crashed into our pop charts on 10/6/1978.
"Where are you all coming from?" asked Father Abraham.
"From Smurfland where we belong!" they warbled in reply.
The song made it all the way up to No. 2.
Of course, there was a spoof version:
"Where are you all coming from?"
"We're from Brixton, on the run!"
Smurf merchandising was everywhere - cuddly toys, books, figurines...
The original Smurf craze in England outlasted the 1970s, spilling over into the early 1980s.