Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out on the Toon as New Year Closed in; THE WAY WE WERE 10 YEARS AGO

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out on the Toon as New Year Closed in; THE WAY WE WERE 10 YEARS AGO

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, The Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

THESE revellers were enjoying a night out in Newcastle in the run-up to New Year 10 years ago.

It doesn't seem THAT long ago, does it? But we recall what was going on as 2007 drew to a close.

It was the year Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United; Girls Aloud featuring Geordie superstar Cheryl Cole appeared in concert at Newcastle Arena; and Newcastle-based building society Northern Rock - the fourth largest in the UK - had to be bailed out by the Bank of England as western economies were consumed by the worst financial crisis for decades.

At the cinema, Spider-Man 3, I Am Legend, and Transformers were big hits, while the world of pop was dominated by the likes of Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, and Nelly Furtado.

Meanwhile, on TV, we were tuning into new shows such as Celebrity Apprentice, Who Dares Wins and Inspector George Gently, which was set in the North East.

And for Harry Potter lovers, it was the end of an era as the final book in the saga - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - was published.

Back in the real world, threeyear-old Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal while on holiday with her family; work on the new Wembley Stadium was completed; and Gordon Brown became Labour Prime Minister when Tony Blair stepped down after a decade in number 10.

Meanwhile, as we closed in on 2008...

|IN THE POP CHARTS: At number one was Leona Lewis with Bleeding Love. Other big hits included Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua with What A Wonderful World, and Take That with Rule The World. …

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