17 incredible photos showing life in Newcastle in 1970 & 1971

Let’s rewind to the early 1970s in Newcastle by flicking through these incredible photos.

Were you around in the early 1970s and want to reminisce over what life was like in Newcastle back then? Or do you just love looking at old photos of the city to spot what’s changed and what remains?

Here we have 17 incredible photographs of Newcastle in 1970 and 1971. And it’s safe to say- while the it looks recognisable- the city has undergone a transformation in over fifty years.

For example, did you know Riverside on the Quayside was once a fish market? And that Mark Toney’s still has a premises on Percy Street all these years later?

Newcastle seems to have been undergoing a lot of change. In 1970, the Conservatives surprisingly ousted Harold Wilson and the Labour government in the summer General Election after six years in power. Subsequently, Edward Heath became Prime Minister despite polls predicting a Labour victory.

In 1971, Newcastle’s star rose after Get Carter starring Michael Caine premiered in LA. The movie was filmed around Tyneside.

What are your memories of the city fifty years ago?

Do you remember the streets looking like they do in these photographs.

Thanks to Newcastle Libraries we have 17 nostalgic and historic snaps for your to peruse.

Take a look and let us know your thoughts.

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