Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Was Booming and Steel Was Going Strong Years Ago 20

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Was Booming and Steel Was Going Strong Years Ago 20

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Byline: JOANNE WELFORD joanne.welford@trinitymirror.com @joannewelford

REMEMBER 1997 like it was yesterday? Life two decades ago on Teesside was a very busy affair indeed.

We decided we'd turn the clock back 20 years to see just what was going on around Teesside back then -and the results offered up a surprising mix of news, views, Teesside firsts and more than our fair share of excitement on the footie pitch.

We've picked out 15 pictures here which help sum up life down our way back in 1997.

Top of the pile in the memories of many Teessiders will be the goings on down at the Riverside as footie fever well and truly took hold.

Boro put together two massive cup runs to reach the final of the League Cup (we drew at Wembley but then lost the replay against Leicester City) and the final of the FA Cup (we lost 2-0 to Chelsea) and then managed to get ourselves relegated from the Premier League in 19th place.

Remember the ship North Sea Producer moored at the Riverside last year? It was here 20 years ago too -our photographers captured it leaving its berth on the River Tees ready to set off for the North Sea oilfields in April 1997.

Brand new openings included ElringKlinger, a German car spare parts manufacturer, which opened a new factory at Kirkleatham Industrial Estate, Redcar that year, the honours performed by Redcar MP and Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam.

Surrounded by television crews and journalists, Tony Blair was also on Teesside touring the newly opened terminal building at Teesside Airport accompanied by his wife Cherie.

And in a hark back to the 1980s, John Major and Margaret Thatcher also paid us a visit as part of their election trail in 1997 to recreate her famous 1987 "walk in the wilderness" in a bid to show how much the former industrial wasteland had been transformed.

Teesside also recorded a first when a group of children from Dublin flew in on the first flight from the Irish capital city to Teesside Airport with Ryanair in November 1997. …

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