The North East in 1959: From Newcastle to Blyth and Hebburn to Tynemouth in 10 photos

Scenes from throughout our area 62 years in the past are recalled in 10 placing pictures from the ChronicleLive archive

It was 1959 and our 10 pictures from the ChronicleLive archive recall a few of what was occurring round our area that 12 months.

That being mentioned, one of many photographs was captured at Old Trafford in Manchester the place Newcastle United narrowly misplaced 3-2 to Manchester United on a sunny August day.

Len White and Ivor Allchurch netted for the Magpies, whereas one of many goalscorers for the hosts was a extremely promising 21-year-old from Ashington known as Bobby Charlton.

Elsewhere, we see a bustling Blyth market; a quiet (by as we speak’s requirements) Front Street in Tynemouth; and Hebburn Lakes the place the tranquil scene belied the tragic reality 4 youngsters had drowned there in latest years.

The lakes which had claimed many lives over the many years would lastly be drained in the early Sixties.

In the broader world 1959 was a 12 months which noticed Fidel Castro come to energy in Cuba; Hawaii turned America’s fiftieth state; and the Dalai Lama, together with tens of hundreds of others, was pressured to flee Tibet for India.

Here in the UK, the primary Austin Mini went on sale for a princely £500; postcodes had been used for the primary time; and the nation’s first motorway, the M1, opened between London and Birmingham (it might ultimately attain Leeds).

Pop music followers had been shocked on February 3 when 22-year-old Buddy Holly and two different stars, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens, had been killed in a airplane crash in the United States.

Some of the 12 months’s largest UK chart hits, in the meantime, included Bobby Darin with Dream Lover, Marty Wilde with A Teenager In Love, and Neil Sedaka with Oh Carol.

At the cinema, common movies included Ben-Hur, Some Like It Hot, North by Northwest, Sleeping Beauty, Anatomy Of A Murder, and Room At The Top.

This was additionally the 12 months the North East obtained a second tv channel, Tyne Tees, in addition to the prevailing BBC service, prompting extra properties to fork out for a newfangled TV set to put in the nook of the lounge.

New programmes in 1959 included Juke Box Jury; Ivor the Engine; and the basic journey show, Whicker’s World, which might run till 1988.

Enjoy our 10 pictures depicting life in the North East in 1959.

Don’t miss our Memory Lane native historical past web site that is full of archive pictures and has an easy-to-use image colourisation software.



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