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Newcastle 900...



This is the "Newcastle 900 THREAD", recording the Celebrations of Newcastle's 900th Anniversary in 1980 . . .


This thread amalgamates into one place on this forum ALL of the many Newcastle 900 posts that have been made around the forum, on different threads, over the years.

If you read all the way through this thread you will learn most of what there is to know about the Newcastle 900 year of 1980, and of the events and celebrations that took place that year, here in this great City of ours.

Also, during the course of this thread, you are likely to become very familiar (if you are not already) with this colourful LOGO . . .





The primary reason why this amalgamated thread has been created is as an 'aid' to future researchers and forum members generally, so that they can find all the available information about this very specific subject of the Newcastle 900 celebrations of 1980, all in one place.

The posts copied into this thread were originally posted on one of the following five threads . . .

Remembering HISTORIC NEWCASTLE - Old Photos, Maps, even...

BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East

ADVERTS : Old Adverts from times past in Newcastle and...

Test your Newcastle GENERAL KNOWLEDGE . . .

COMMEMORATING People, Events, and Places - in Newcastle...



All of the original posts from the above listed threads, still also remain in those original threads, where some members may still expect to find them. The posts on this thread are (as said) duplicates, for the purpose of producing an 'all-in-one-place' historical record of that very important year in the history of Newcastle upon Tyne that was . . . Newcastle 900 Year, 1980.

OK . . .

So off we go with the Newcastle 900 discussions.

They first began on this forum with a QUESTION on our 'General Knowledge Thread' on January 9th 2010 . . .



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Right, let's see who can get this one!!

All I need is . .

(1) What is that big tent in the photo for?

(as much detail as possible . . 'names' etc please)

(2) What year was this photo taken?

and a little 'bonus question' . .

(3) What was the original name of the theatre in the photo, behind the big tent?

(Clue - it is now in 2010, on it's THIRD name!)

 

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it was when the TTC owned it ... originally it was just known as the 'University Theatre' and it's now the 'Northern Stage'.
Correct, its first name was indeed THE UNIVERSITY THEATRE, which was Henry Millers idea, the then Vice Chancellor, who was a brilliant man (I knew him well as my parents worked for him) but the name was not his best idea! The University had a big say, as they owned the land, as they did too for the 'ABC Haymarket Cinema' and the 'Haymarket Pub' . . which is why they were both demolished. The latter has nothing (at all) to do with the question!!

Anyway . . back to the 'tent' questions?
 

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A big boxing match? A "Time Team" style excavation of the site? A graduation ball? A huge marquee for a very rich person's birthday party? Ummm.... Monkey Tennis..?
 

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Still no guess (or ideally NOT a guess!) as to the year?

Some interesting suggestions as to 'uses' for the tent, Anger and Tynesiders! Actually, Tynesiders I have to say that your last suggestion (though not precise enough) is really close! But, even then, I would still need the year!

So (to help) here are two pretty good, strong CLUES . . .

1 - This new photo shows the 'second tent' (or "Polyairdome", to give it its correct name!) that was only under construction in the original photo shown above. To the 'close observer' this new photo also contains a MASSIVE clue (though small in size on the photo) as to the YEAR . .


2 - The tent (Polyairdome) was being used as part of something VERY major and very large. The below diagram illustrates that it was spread throughout most of the University Campus, of the time. The 'two tents' are marked 1 and 2 on the diagram, but you can see that there were SIX areas of the University in use for this . . . OH, and this whole 'big thing' around the University was ITSELF, only a part of an EVEN BIGGER thing around the entire City!!!
 

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It was 1000 yrs prior ( 1080)that Newcastle took its name, before it had been known as Monkchester,or at least i think.
Yes, in 1980 Newcastle was "900" years old (1080 - 1980) and all year we had the NEWCASTLE 900 celebrations going on everywhere . . .




The "massive but small" clue in the second photo, was the appearance of lots of Newcastle 900 posters & logos alongside the front of the tent, by the road. If you knew the LOGO, you would recognise them on that photo . . even though they were VERY small!!

They can be seen a bit more clearly here . .



But, the complete answer requires someone to say what the tent was being used for . .

The answer is NOT (just) "for Newcastle 900", it is more specific than that.



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Yes, in 1980 Newcastle was "900" years old (1080 - 1980) and all year we had the NEWCASTLE 900 celebrations going on everywhere . . .



The "massive but small" clue in the second photo, was the appearance of lots of Newcastle 900 posters & logos alongside the front of the tent, by the road. If you knew the LOGO, you would recognise them on that photo . . even though they were VERY small!!

But, the complete answer requires someone to say what the tent was being used for . . The answer is NOT (just) for 'Newcastle 900'.
OOPS, just failed maths:eek:hno:
 

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So, was it a millenium celebration of the name Newcastle? I do remember S&N bringing out a special ale.
Good try . . but see my previous post, I still need the name of what the tent is being used for. We're nearly there!

Oh, and I also remember the "ale"!! In fact, here it is . .


 

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ANSWERS . .

(1) What is that big tent in the photo for? As much detail as possible, 'names' etc please. Not fully answered - SEE BELOW for ANSWER.

(2) What year was this photo taken? 1980 ('Graham56').

(3) What was the original name of the theatre in the photo, behind the big tent? The UNIVERSITY THEATRE ('maxtoon').


"Exhibition Eighty"
4th-13th September 1980, Newcastle 900 Exhibition Centre.
















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An impressive-looking outdoor event in the centre of Newcastle . . .

OK, a 'three part' question.

WHAT is this event, WHERE exactly is it taking place, and WHEN (what year) did it happen?



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Historic Local Commemorative Covers.


Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of First Day Covers and/or Commemorative Covers, either by the Post Office themselves or by local organisations.

In 1980 it was a great year to be here in the City of Newcastle, as there was such a very large number of 'events', 'souvenirs' and 'new books' (amongst many other things) around, to commemorate NEWCASTLE 900.

Of course, there were some Commemorative Covers issued, three to be precise, and this is the FIRST one . . .


16th April 1980 - The Queen Mother officially opens the Newcastle 900 Celebrations . .


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Historic Local Commemorative Covers.


Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of First Day Covers and/or Commemorative Covers, either by the Post Office themselves or by local organisations.

In 1980 it was a great year to be here in the City of Newcastle, as there was such a very large number of 'events', 'souvenirs' and 'new books' (amongst many other things) around, to commemorate NEWCASTLE 900.

Of course, there were some Commemorative Covers issued, three to be precise, and this is the SECOND one . . .


14th June 1980 - Bjorn Borg visits Newcastle as part of the 900 Celebrations . .



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Historic Local Commemorative Covers.


Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of First Day Covers and/or Commemorative Covers, either by the Post Office themselves or by local organisations.

In 1980 it was a great year to be here in the City of Newcastle, as there was such a very large number of 'events', 'souvenirs' and 'new books' (amongst many other things) around, to commemorate NEWCASTLE 900.

Of course, there were some Commemorative Covers issued, three to be precise, and this is the THIRD one . . .


20th September 1980 - His Majesty the King of Norway visits Newcastle as part of the 900 Celebrations . .



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Historic Local Commemorative Plates.

Newcastle 900 - the 900th Anniverary of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Continuing the theme of the "Historic Local First day Covers" series (commemorating important local events over the years) there are also quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History that have (similarly) been commemorated by the issue of a piece of collectable ceramics.

This has occasionally been in the form of a limited issue Mug, Tankard or Cup, but also it has often been in the form of a Commemorative Plate.

I think that these are often beautiful items, and this one is the first . . .





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