Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sights of the Seventies; A New Book Recalls North East Life in the 1970s. Remember Scenes like These?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sights of the Seventies; A New Book Recalls North East Life in the 1970s. Remember Scenes like These?

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It was the most memorable of decades and now the 1970s is recalled in a new book that features the events, people and stories from the North East at that time.

North East Life in the 1970s has been written by Andrew Clark and Sharyn Taylor who together run the Newcastle publishing company Summerhill Books.

Author Sharyn said: "The 1970s was an interesting decade in the North East. Perhaps it is not as memorable as the Swinging Sixties but there was still lots going on in our region.

"I and my co-author, Andrew Clark, were children in the '70s and so this is reflected in the memories we have of Christmas, holidays, games, toys, music, films and television.

"The book is a snapshot of '70s life and my favourite photographs are of children on their Chopper bikes or home-made go-carts called bogies while other images show kids collecting money with penny-for-theguy or enjoying Halloween with lanterns made out of turnips."

She added: "Other photographs show people enjoying days at the beach, the fair or even the wonderful Lambton Lion Park.

"Also, who can forget the Silver Jubilee in 1977 when the Queen came to the North East in July and it seemed that every street had a party?" The book has over 160 illustrations and features the fashions of the day such as flared trousers, satin blouses, double denim and leatherwear.

The music scene of the 1970s was very vibrant with North East artists such as Geordie, Lindisfarne, Alan Price, Bryan Ferry and Sting.

On television people enjoyed Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads, When The Boat Comes In and The Paper Lads for younger viewers.

While on the big screen, the iconic film Get Carter starring Michael Caine is a vivid portrait of Tyneside Turn to Page 24 From Page 23 in the early '70s.

"The region's industrial heritage is also recalled with photographs of ship launches and miners down the pit. There were also the memorable cup runs of our football teams - Sunderland, Newcastle and Blyth Spartans. …

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