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The above two posts dated 16th May 2014, finish off my version of the story of the Newcastle 900 Celebrations of 1980.

I felt that 1980 was an important year in the long history of our City, and that (here in 2014) the events of that year could usefully do with a bit of a "re-telling".

I hope people have found it of some historical interest.

A complete list of links to ALL of the various Newcastle 900 posts on this forum, is below . . .


NEWCASTLE NINE HUNDRED / NEWCASTLE 900 - THE 900th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF OUR CITY IN 1980 (1080-1980) . . .
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Adverts - A series of Advertisements from various Newcastle 900 Pamphlets, Guidebooks and Leaflets, etc (all published in 1980)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113487761&postcount=346 (Part 1)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113542023&postcount=350 (Part 2)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113695538&postcount=351 (Part 3)
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BOOK REVIEWS - A series of "Newcastle 900 Book Reviews" of books published as part of the 900 Year Celebrations in 1980 . . .
Book 1 - This is your Region: Newcastle and Tyneside - Kenneth Charlton, John Davies, Alan Simpson, Ian Watt and Norman Willey
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113402408&postcount=864
Book 2 - Historical Atlas of Newcastle upon Tyne - M Barke and R J Buswell
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113422159&postcount=866
Book 3 - Newcastle 900: Railways - Stuart Rankin and Michael Woods
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113514693&postcount=867
Book 4 - Newcastle upon Tyne through children's eyes - The children from 19 Newcastle Schools
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113589805&postcount=871
Book 5 - Official Souvenir Programme: Newcastle 900 - Christopher Ashton and Brenda Jones
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113662726&postcount=872
Book 6 - Newcastle 900 - Frank Graham
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113694620&postcount=873
Book 7 - Newcastle 900: A Portrait of Newcastle upon Tyne - David Bean
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113739447&postcount=876
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Commemorative Covers - Three Newcastle 900 Covers: Queen Mother, Bjorn Borg, and King Olav of Norway
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74015777&postcount=1650
Commemorative Plates No.1: The Newcastle 900 Plate
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=80112746&postcount=31
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Exhibition 80 - Newcastle 900 'Exhibition 80' in 'large tents' on Barras Bridge at Newcastle University
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=49770899&postcount=324
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=49792197&postcount=332
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=49796251&postcount=337
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=49796647&postcount=339
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=49823941&postcount=342
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113540539&postcount=4644
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Memories - A series of 'Newcastle 900 Memories' (Articles written in 1980, and also memories of some of the '900 Celebrations' during 1980)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113505431&postcount=4643 (Part 1)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113540539&postcount=4644 (Part 2)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113662936&postcount=4654 (Part 3)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113744353&postcount=4676 (Part 4)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113887857&postcount=4686 (Part 5)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113941985&postcount=4690 (Part 6)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113978837&postcount=4694 (Part 7)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=114039274&postcount=4696 (Part 8)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=114085642&postcount=4697 (Part 9)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=114085683&postcount=4698 (Part 10)
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Tattoo - The Newcastle 900 Military Tattoo, performed on the 'Ceremonial Way' in front of the Civic Centre
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=58677145&postcount=635
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113744353&postcount=4676
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A Replica of Stephenson's Rocket, at the Civic Centre during 'Newcastle 900' Year, 1980

Since I posted the last items from my own Newcastle 900 photos, books and magazines, on this thread back in May this year, I have not come across any other information that hasn't been already posted on this thread until now.

On Facebook, on the "Old Photos of Newcastle" Forum, I came across the below photo of a 'replica' of the original design of Stephenson's Rocket, that was on display during Newcastle 900 Year (as can be seen by the familiar 'Newcastle 900 Logo' on the signs) in the Quadrangle of the Civic Centre . . .


Photo Source: The 'Old Photos of Newcastle' Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/


Now, speaking as someone who got quite involved in a lot of what went on in the Newcastle 900 Year of 1980, I sadly cannot remember the replica Rocket being in the Quadrangle at all!

Pity, as I would have liked to have seen it . . . too late now :)

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A question . . .

Does anyone have any memories or photos, or whatever, of "Newcastle 900" in 1980?

Perhaps, some of those members who have joined this forum since there was last very many posts on this thread, back in May?

If you do have memories (hopefully 'happy memories' . . ) or if you have any photos, please post them on here, it would be good to see them and/or to hear about them.




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The Newcastle 900 Anniversary Centre

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It was interesting to see the below photo of the Newcastle 900 Anniversary Centre, being used in later years for other uses. I remember suggesting to the City Council that they retain it and use it for alternative uses, such as a 'Gift Shop'. It was only kept for a short while after 1980, and here it looks like it is being used as a "City Lottery Tickets" stall.

This photo was probably taken in about 1981 . . .


Courtesy of the 'Old Photos of Newcastle' Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/416955115010083/


The "Newcastle 900 Anniversary Centre" in Chevy Chase in the Eldon Square Shopping Centre, was discussed at length, earlier on this thread . . .

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=114091524&postcount=38

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Took some pictures of the "Jesmond Subway" Mosaics last week and put them in a video. The mosaics were to celebrate 900 years of history. Any one have any more information on the mosaics themselves?
 

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Took some pictures of the "Jesmond Subway" Mosaics last week and put them in a video. The mosaics were to celebrate 900 years of history. Any one have any more information on the mosaics themselves?

Here are some "Screengrabs" from the above VIDEO, showing the "Newcastle 900 Logo", etc . . .








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....Newcastle 900.....


MEMORIES of 'Newcastle 900', a celebration of the 900th Anniversary (1080-1980) of
Newcastle upon Tyne. The celebration took place throughout the entire year of 1980.



The Newcastle 900 "Viking Invasion" . . .


I have just discovered a collection of TEN PHOTOS from Newcastle 900 on the "Old Pictures of Newcastle's West End" Facebook Page. Here is the link to that Facebook Page . . .

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Pictures-Of-Newcastles-WEST-END-categorized/150729531607278?fref=nf

The ten photos posted there are from photographer Don Stevenson, and he has titled them all . . . Viking invasion, part of the Newcastle 900 event, 1980.

Now, I have checked through the Newcastle 900 Programme of Events from 1980 (details from this programme were posted earlier in this thread, here - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=114013140&postcount=25) and I couldn't find anything listed as a "Viking Invasion".

However, listed as taking place on 26th July 1980 I found something called "The Newcastle 900 Water Pageant", and that included (what was described as) a specially built Shetland Longship.

So, it seems logical to assume that it was during this event that the below ten photos were probably taken.

Here is the relevant excerpt from the "Newcastle 900 Official Souvenir Programme" . . .




Below, are the ten photos, courtesy of Don Stevenson and the Facebook Page linked above . . .































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The Official "Newcastle 900 Poster" . . .


Another 'new discovery' (or more accurately a "re-discovery") that I have just made this morning, is the Official Newcastle 900 Poster, that has not been previously mentioned on this thread.

I have just found it rolled up in amongst a load of other 'posters', when I was looking for a totally different poster altogether.

These were sold in many places, but principally in the City 'Tourist Information Centres', and (of course) in the Newcastle 900 Anniversary Centre itself, in Chevy Chase in the Eldon Square Shopping Centre (near the Bainbridges Mushroom Café).

Here is the poster, photographed this morning . . .








On this thread we have quite a few photos of the "Newcastle 900 Anniversary Centre" - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=114091524&postcount=38

The "Newcastle 900 Poster" can be clearly seen on sale in the glass cabinet in the below photo of the Anniversary Centre in Chevy Chase, which is where (I remember) I got my copy of it, in 1980 . . .


 

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In 1980, during NEWCASTLE 900 year (which was a great year to be around in our City during the Newcastle 900 celebrations) I do remember thinking that it would be equally great (if not even better) to be around in 2080 for "Newcastle 1000".

I could just imagine what THOSE celebrations would be like, and it was a tad disappointing to realise that none of us who were around in 1980 would still be here in 2080 . . . ah well !!

SO, it was interesting to read in today's Journal of 18th March 2015 (in the first two paragraphs, below, with a small 'addition' to the report by me at the third paragraph) references to the - much quoted in 1980 - specific origins of Newcastle in 1080, with the building of the “new castle” on the River Tyne by King William’s son, Robert Curthose . . .



In 1980 we celebrated "Newcastle 900" in 2080 we will celebrate "Newcastle 1000".
The Journal, 19th March 2015, by Tony Henderson


The Castle Keep, Newcastle

In a mere 65 years time Newcastle folk, most of whom are currently in their prams, will mark the 1,000th anniversary of the event which gave the city its name.

On May 14 in 1080 William Walcher, the Bishop of Durham and Earl of Northumbria appointed by the conquering Normans, was murdered by a mob near the site of the present St Mary’s Church on the riverside at Gateshead. An immediate response was the building of the “new castle” on the opposite side of the River Tyne by King William’s son, Robert Curthose. The wooden fortress was intended to strengthen Norman control. The castle was rebuilt in stone by Henry II, starting in 1167, at a cost of £1,144.

Those exact words (above) were repeatedly used throughout 1980, to describe and explain the origins of our City (900 years earlier) in 1080. Those events in 1080 were the reasoning behind the massive 'Newcastle 900' Celebrations in 1980.


Read more @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/castle-keep-newcastle-re-opens-after-8856182
 

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Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borg's nightmare flight to Newcastle 35 years ago, for "Newcastle 900" in 1980
By David Morton, The Chronicle, 8th July 2015


Tennis star Bjorn Borg at Eldon Square Shopping Centre, in June 1980, as part of the 'Newcastle 900' Anniversary Celebrations that year

How tennis superstar Bjorn Borg and the Chronicle's John Gibson endured a wind-tossed flight in a small plane to Newcastle. Borg was the golden boy of men’s tennis, the ice-cool Swede who dominated the sport for half a decade and more. Thirty-five years ago, Bjorn Borg visited a rainy and windswept Newcastle on a flying visit as part of the City’s 'Newcastle 900' Anniversary Celebrations.

The visit, in June 1980, came just days ahead of his fifth Wimbledon title triumph when he would dispose of up-and-coming American star, John McEnroe. Meanwhile, the Chronicle’s award-winning sports journalist John Gibson revealed how he’d accompanied the tennis ace on “ a nightmare flight into Newcastle”.

Borg took up the tale of their wind-lashed flight from London in a private plane: “I was scared stiff. It really was frightening with rain lashing the aircraft and heavy winds tossing it about like a paper kite. He added: “The pilot was magnificent. He was so calm and so composed. Though I fly all over the world to play tennis, I hate it – especially in small private planes that can be buffeted so easily.”


Tennis star Bjorn Borg arriving at Newcastle Airport with the Evening Chronicle's John Gibson, left, after a nightmare plane flight, June 14th 1980


The drama of the flight behind him, we reported how: “Bjorn, Mr Cool, of the tennis courts, finally arrived at Eldon Square an hour late to be greeted by squealing girls and hundreds of enthusiastic Geordies who had waited patiently to see him. Borg in 1980 was at the peak of his powers and the undisputed world number one, but others like McEnroe and Ivan Lendl were catching up, and the Swede surprised the tennis world by announcing his retirement in 1983 at the tender age of 26.

The Chronicle’s legendary John Gibson still clearly recalls the Swede’s visit. “He was a great guy, a real superstar, and a great and original tennis talent,” remembers Gibbo. But despite Borg’s ever impassive exterior, he was as rattled as Gibson on board their turbulent plane flight to Newcastle.

Read More - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/wimbledon-legend-bjorn-borgs-nightmare-9616610



The "Newcastle 900" visit by Bjorn Borg has already been mentioned, earlier in this thread, at the below post . . .

March 9th 2011.

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 issued in 1980.

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



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Bjorn Borg visit

I was regional manager of SAAB and Bjorn was contracted abNo sponsored by SAAB
SAAB GB donated a SAAB 900 as a lottery prize
I collected him from Newcastle Airport after a very rough ride in a private plane
We went straight to Eldon Square for him to draw the winning ticket
He was mobbed like a pop star
From there we went to Pearsons SAAB garage in Benton for a lunch and to meet young tennis enthusiasts and the winners of a school painting competition to paint his portrait - although he was quite young and very shy he spent a lot of time with the kids
At that time Newcastle had a motor show - he gave me a signed racquet which we used on the SAAB stand to guess the last four digits of the chassis number of the car on display ( thinking it would not be won ) somebody did win it !!!
I always remember his handshake was like a vice - from a very muscular right arm
He was a very humble and modest young man and a true sportsman winning Wimbledon six times
 

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I was regional manager of SAAB and Bjorn was contracted abNo sponsored by SAAB
SAAB GB donated a SAAB 900 as a lottery prize
I collected him from Newcastle Airport after a very rough ride in a private plane
We went straight to Eldon Square for him to draw the winning ticket
He was mobbed like a pop star
From there we went to Pearsons SAAB garage in Benton for a lunch and to meet young tennis enthusiasts and the winners of a school painting competition to paint his portrait - although he was quite young and very shy he spent a lot of time with the kids
At that time Newcastle had a motor show - he gave me a signed racquet which we used on the SAAB stand to guess the last four digits of the chassis number of the car on display ( thinking it would not be won ) somebody did win it !!!
I always remember his handshake was like a vice - from a very muscular right arm
He was a very humble and modest young man and a true sportsman winning Wimbledon six times

Stewart, you may be interested in the below photo.

I'm sure it shows the "SAAB 900" on display in Chevy Chase, to the right of the photo under the Bainbridges Department Store 'Mushroom Cafe' . . .


 

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More SOUVENIRS from "Newcastle 900" . . .

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When you have lived in one house for a long time, I find that "stuff" just accumulates at the back of cupboards and in 'boxes in the loft' etc!

Yesterday I was sorting out one of these places, finding some things that I hadn't seen for years, when I came across (at the very back of a cupboard) a small box of "Coasters".

I must have bought these in 1980, but I cannot remember a thing about them, and I'm sure we have never used them.

So, here we have YET ANOTHER 'souvenir' (there have been a lot shown on this thread already) of Newcastle 900, portraying their famous LOGO . . .








I've turned one of the coasters over, in the second photo, interesting to see the use of the "Formica" name, prominently on the backs of the coasters, as well as on the box!

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NH,

found this photo while looking for something else - as I usually do! Since I know that you are a collector of 900 stuff I thought I'd better post it :lol:

Northumberland_S_057 by GBDT, on Flickr[/IMG]
From P&T Image Archive, Newcastle City Council.

Cheers
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Thanks for the above GBDT.

I'm sure there will be more unpublished (on this thread) photos in your archive from "Newcastle 900 Year".

Hopefully, you will come across them in due course.

I remember you telling me that this is the most likely way you will find them ('accidentally') as your archive files its photos under places and areas, not under subjects (eg Newcastle 900) or under years (eg 1980).

Thanks again,
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The Queen Mother and Newcastle 900 . . .


January 7th 2010.

Historic Local Commemorative Covers.

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



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The Official Opening of Newcastle 900 was covered earlier in this thread, in the above post showing the "Commemorative Cover" issued to commemorate the event.

Amongst my collection of Newcastle 900 memorabilia, I have other items and photos concerning the Queen Mothers involvement (during 1980) in the Newcastle 900 Celebrations, none of which have been previously posted on this thread . . .


1 - The Queen Mother's involvement was announced in the February 1980 issue of "Newcastle City News" . . .




2 - The below was the INTRODUCTION at the front of the "Official Newcastle 900 Souvenir Programme" . . .




3 - Finally, here is the Queen Mother in Old Eldon Square, with a huge crowd, during the Official Opening Ceremony . . .



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Being a weather geek, Bjorn Borg enduring an uncomfortable flight due to the weather doesn't surprise me. The summer of 1980 was dominated by a mixture of rain, storms and humid, overcast skies with not a massive amount of sunshine.
 

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In the past, during my research amongst my papers for 'Newcastle 900' 1980 content for this thread, I did not look as far back as April 1979.

So, it is interesting to see in the below April 1979 issue of Newcastle City News (which I have just re-examined) some previews of the Newcastle 900 exhibits and proposals (etc) for the following year, and compare them to how things actually turned out, as covered earlier in this thread . . .






 

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Heritage Open Days 2016 and Newcastle 900 1980 . . .

One of Ken O'Heeds many excellent sets of photos from Heritage Open Days 2016, included one at the Castle Keep of a plaque commemorating 1980, Newcastle 900 Year.


Finally got around to posting the pictures of my 'Heritage Open Days 2016' visit to Newcastle Castle Keep on Friday 09 September 2016



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