For those of us who grew up in the 1970s, it was a great time.
Dad’s Army and Blue Peter on the telly; Jaws and Close Encounters at the cinema; and Slade and David Bowie in the pop charts.
Meanwhile, over at St James’ Park, Newcastle United’s flamboyant centre-forward Malcolm Macdonald started banging in the goals – and just couldn’t stop.
For youngsters, the age of iPhones and XBox was in some distant unimagined future – and the bulk of free time was spent playing out with pals and inadvertently learning about the rough and tumble of life.
For teenagers, they might have begun the decade dressed in double denim, before becoming punks or flared-trousered disciples of disco later on.
The City Hall and the Mayfair Ballroom between them hosted the biggest names in rock and pop, with everyone from the Stones, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to Showaddywaddy, the Bay City Rollers, and The Sweet stopping off in Toon.
For the grown-ups, the 1970s in the North East began with the traditional heavy industries – coal mining, shipbuilding and heavy engineering – still doing ‘OK’, but entering what would be a period of terminal decline.
It was a time lads leaving school could still get an apprenticeship and learn a trade, while girls could maybe get a job at the Midland Bank if they had a couple of O-Levels.
And come 1976, they could spend their money shopping at the city’s new American-style retail mall, Eldon Square.
In Newcastle’s East and West ends – and indeed across the region – major demolition and rebuilding projects radically changed the look of the city as the traditional old terraced houses were swept away.
And in the city centre, the Central Motorway East was formally opened in August, 1975, while major construction work on new stations helped prepare the way for the new Tyne and Wear Metro rapid transit system which would finally open in August, 1980.
Further afield, the folk of Britain had to get to grips with decimal currency, the Norther Ireland ‘troubles’ were in the headlines, and the Watergate scandal in the United States was enough to bring down President Richard Nixon.
Rising oil prices and industrial action saw the lights go out across Britain, and Ted Heath’s Tory government in crisis while, in 1979, a political earthquake saw the election of a new female Conservative Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, but that’s another story…
Whatever happened, the 1970s were still a great decade to grow up in!
Source : Chroniclelive