Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Streets of Newcastle City Centre in 1987; STEP BACK 30 YEARS IN TIME WITH SUPERB 8-MINUTE VIDEO

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Streets of Newcastle City Centre in 1987; STEP BACK 30 YEARS IN TIME WITH SUPERB 8-MINUTE VIDEO

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Byline: 18 The Chronicle TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017 chroniclelive.co.uk NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, The Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

FOR those of us who remember 1987, it may sometimes seem just around the corner from yesterday.

But this remarkable film shot on the streets of Newcastle city centre 30 years ago reminds us how different things were then.

The layout of the streets is largely unchanged, but the shops, fashions and traffic belong to a very different era.

The footage was captured back then by Mr JH Clark on what would have been a rare, newfangled video camera. His son, Stephen, kindly got in touch and was happy for the Chronicle to share it.

The eight-minute film begins in the Gallowgate area of the city, before capturing the sights and sounds of daily life at Old Eldon Square, Grey Street, Grey's Monument, Northumberland Street, Blackett Street, and Pilgrim Street.

Check out some bygone city landmarks like the Odeon cinema=.

Some of the shops and restaurants will also ring a bell - Burton, C & A, Wimpy's, Oliver's and Pizzaland - although two Newcastle retail stalwarts are present and correct 30 years ago. Where would the Toon be without Fenwick and Marks and Spencer? But it's the people going about their daily business who are perhaps the most watchable.

(You may spot somebody you know - or even yourself!) Years before the advent of digital technology, nobody is gawping at a mobile phone.

And then there are the fashions!

Angela Upex, Commercial Editor for NCJMEDIA, was 16 in 1987.

She recalls: "Well, the best thing was it was a time of no social media and phones, so we got away with everything. …

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