Tyneside in 1967: From Handyside Arcade to the Tyne Tunnel in 10 photographs

10 photographs from the ChronicleLive archive give a style of what was occurring in our area 54 years in the past

It was 1967 – the so-called ‘summer season of affection’, Sgt Pepper’s, The Beatles, and all that.

The world has modified dramatically since that landmark 12 months, and the vivid younger issues of the ‘flower energy’ period might be making full use of their free bus passes at the moment.

Here in the area, there was loads occurring 54 years in the past.

January 1967 noticed the brutal ‘one-armed bandit homicide’ of money collector Angus Sibbet, a criminal offense which might partially type the foundation of the gangster movie Get Carter 4 years later.

Transport hyperlinks in the area have been improved when the Tyne Tunnel was opened by the Queen. The new Scotswood Bridge over the River Tyne was one other step ahead.

Famous guests to the North East included everybody from rock celebrity Jimi Hendrix, to civil rights activist Martin Luther King, to Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield who one way or the other discovered herself doing cabaret dates in Newcastle and South Shields.

Meanwhile, a spectacular new seat of native authorities, Newcastle Civic Centre, was nearing completion at a time when the area’s post-war city panorama was present process bodily transformation in many areas.

It was a time when the common UK home value was round £3,800, a brand new MK II Ford Cortina would knock you again £740, and filling it could price you 5s 2nd (27p) a gallon.

In the wider world, the Vietnam War was by no means removed from the headlines, though it remained a battle Britain steered away from.

In the United States, race riots raged on the streets of some internal cities, whereas world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title for refusing to be part of the US Army. “I ain’t bought no quarrel with them Vietcong,” Ali informed reporters

The Middle East was in a state of flux with the Six Day War seeing Israel and the Arab world going head-to-head.

In the world of well-liked tradition, Britain’s pirate radio was outlawed and Radio I used to be launched, and The Beatles launched their genre-changing album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The best-selling UK singles of 1967 included Procul Harum with A Whiter Shade Of Pale, The Monkees with I’m A Believer, and Scott McKenzie with San Francisco (reminding us all it was the 12 months of the ‘summer season of affection’).

At the cinema, Dirty Dozen, You Only Live Twice, and A Man For All Seasons have been notable releases.

And on British tv, there have been debuts for Trumpton, News At Ten, and The Golden Shot.

Our 10 photographs from the ChronicleLive archive recall a few of what was occurring in our area in 1967.

Check out our Memory Lane native historical past web site that is filled with archive photographs and has an easy-to-use image colourisation software.


supply: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/information/historical past/gallery/tyneside-1967-handyside-arcade-tyne-20545330

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