Tyneside in 1983: From Kevin Keegan to Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in 10 photographs
There were a couple of star turns on show at Newcastle’s Heaton Buffs social club back in February 1983.
Newcastle United superstar Kevin Keegan, who’d joined the Magpies six months earlier, and Dunston-born Brian Johnson, lead singer with rock giants AC/DC, met up at the Kevin Keegan Roadshow, a packed talk-in hosted by the Chronicle’s legendary sports reporter, John Gibson.
The photograph is one of 10 we’ve pulled from the archive that give a taste of what was going on around Tyneside 38 years ago.
November 1983 saw the first episode of a new smash-hit television comedy-drama series, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, featuring Geordie bricklayers working in Germany.
A new floating nightclub, the Tuxedo Princess, arrived on the River Tyne at Newcastle, quickly moving over to Gateshead Quays where it would be a popular attraction for the next two and a half decades.
And down at Whitley Bay’s Spanish City fairground, the newly-installed ‘corkscrew’ rollercoaster would become a major draw for fun-seekers.
In the wider world in 1983, the Tories under Margaret Thatcher won a landslide victory at the General Election, with the voting public shunning Michael Foot and Labour.