Doesn’t time fly when you’re enjoying yourself.
We’ve been looking back at some of the most important moments in the North East and wondering where the time went.
It might seem like yesterday but the reality is that we’re all getting older.
Take a trip down Memory Lane with our selection of pictures from the 1980s that are guaranteed to make you feel old.
Does this bring back memories of dancing the night away on the Tuxedo Princess?
The floating nightclub was brought to the river by businessman Michael Quadrini in 1983 and provided many a Geordie with an introduction to the highlife.
Ship ahoy for memories?
The Tall Ships Race has been a regular visitor to the North East.
But the first is always the best.
Were you one of the million sightseers who flocked to the Tyne in 1986 for the very first time the tall ships came here?
Our picture shows the Russian giant Sedov dominating the river skyline.
Remember these three?
How times have changed since Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy and a fresh-faced Kevin Whately appeared in the first series of Auf Wiedershen, Pet, in 1983.
They are pictured here advertising the old-fashioned Job Centres.
He’s local, he’s a hero, but when did it all start?
Everyone knows Local Hero by Mark Knopfler is associated with Newcastle United.
But were you there at the beginning when the song was new?
It was 1983 and Mark was celebrating the success of his first film soundtrack for the Local Hero film.
Does this help a few memories kick in?
Newcastle United fans from the 80s might remember a fresh-faced footballer from Dunston begin to make his mark.
Paul Gascoigne made his first team debut as a sub in 1985 at St James’ Park and the rest is history.
Did you see Charlton Heston in Newcastle?
No, not on the cinema screen but in real life.
Hollywood star Heston appeared in a performance of A Man for All Seasons – the first show at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, after a major refurbishment and restoration.
The event in 1988 was a milestone in the history of the theatre.
The actor, famous for his roles in El Cid and the original Planet of the Apes, traced his ancestry to a North East pitman.
Paws for thought! Lions in County Durham
Lambton Lion Park closed in 1980 but not before those of us of a certain generation were amazed at the antics of the park’s troop of lions.
There were also elephants and baboons, a white rhino, giraffes and camels, all within the grouds of Lambton Castle.
Looking back at a clerical controversy
David Jenkins was appointed Bishop of Durham in 1984 and in a series of interviews cast doubt on the literal resurrection of Jesus and the Virgin birth.
Three days after the consecration, York Minster was struck by lightning and the resulting fire led to suggestions that God disapproved of his appointment.
Did you hear this in the 1980s?
One-hit wonders A Tribe of Toffs were a band from Sunderland who released the comedy single John Kettley is a Weatherman in 1988.
The song, which also mentioned former Tyne Tees weather presenter Wincey Willis, became a cult hit but the band disappeared from view very quickly.
Anyone remember their follow-up, Terry Wogan is on TV (Again)? Thought not.
Remember this car?
The Nissan factory in Washington began production in 1986 on a site previously occupied by a former aerodrome.
The first car to roll off the assembly line was the Bluebird, followed by the Primera four years later.
The Bluebird was the height of car technology in its day but just look at it now.
Source : Chroniclelive