Life in South Tyneside in 1985 – the year Princess Diana first came

We look back at life in the borough 37 years ago and it was 12 memorable months.

It was May 1985 when we first welcomed Diana, Princess of Wales to Jarrow and what an attendance there was.

Our photographers captured this memorable visit as she strolled through the cemetery of St. Paul’s Church.

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Life in South Tyneside in 1985.

Diana was there to unveil a new stained glass window to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of her consecration.

But she also made a strong impression on the people of the borough. Have you been able to meet her?

The Queen Mother was another hugely popular visitor. She unveiled a plaque at Tyne Harbor in November of that year, but who can tell us more?

To maintain royal relations, Princess Michael met trainees and apprentices from the Hebburn Center in the summer of 1985. Were you among them?

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Princess Diana at St Paul’s Church, Jarrow.

There was a lot more to remember from this year.

A team from the British Shipbuilding Training Center in Hebburn have won the Young Trainee of the Year competition and won a £10,000 vacation to America. The then Employment Secretary, Tom King, had the honor of presenting the award.

Two other notable names were in the area that year. Sunderland football players Bob Bolder and David Hodgson present trophies during the Hebburn and District Darts League presentation night at Hastings Club in Hebburn. Have you been able to meet them?

The performing arts group Jarrow Amateurs was putting on a show called My Fair Lady that year. Were you in?

Queen Elizabeth II unveils the plaque at the Port of Tyne, with Port Chairman Gordon Carr.

The Sea Hotel in Sea Road had a menu which included Lancashire Fondue for 95p, Coq au Vin for the same price and Spaghetti Bolognese for…you guessed it, 95p.

You could get a three course lunch for £2.45.

If you’d rather stay home, Cagney and Lacey were on TV. Was it one of your favorite shows?

Sunderland football players Bob Bolder and David Hodgson during the Hebburn and District Darts League preview night.

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The Hebburn Hi-Tech team at the British Shipbuilding Training Center receive their award from Tom King, Employment Secretary.
The Jarrow Amateurs production of My Fair Lady in 1985.
The Sea Hotel menu in 1985.

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