LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1986

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LABYRINTH

Film buffs would have been queu­ing up out­side the Lons­dale Cin­ema (sadly de­mol­ished in 2014) a few hun­dred yards down the road from the sta­tion to see David Bowie star­ring in this fan­tasy epic. While it was a box of­fice dis­ap­point­ment and drew a mixed re­ac­tion from crit­ics at the time, it has since de­vel­oped a cult fol­low­ing.

WHAM! SPLIT UP

The de­ci­sion by Ge­orge Michael and An­drew Ridge­ley to part ways in spring 1986 made head­lines. The sin­gle touted as the duo’s farewell, The Edge of Heaven, topped the sin­gles chart the day our im­age of Carlisle’s sta­tion was taken and would form part of Wham!’s farewell com­pi­la­tion and live tour, both ti­tled The Fi­nal.

NIS­SAN GOES BRI­TISH

The first Nis­san Blue­birds rolling off the Wash­ing­ton pro­duc­tion line marked the start of a new chap­ter in Bri­tish car mak­ing. Nis­san’s ar­rival marked the first time a Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer made its cars in the UK. At the time it em­ployed 500 work­ers and built 5000 Blue­birds – now it’s nearer 7000 work­ers and 500,000 cars a year.

GARY’S CRISP SCOR­ING

Gary Lineker picked up the Golden Boot award for scor­ing more goals than any other player dur­ing 1986’s World Cup in Mex­ico. His £2.75 mil­lion move from Ever­ton to Barcelona briefly set the record for the most ex­pen­sive trans­fer in club his­tory – be­fore Ian Rush’s £3.2m trans­fer from Liver­pool to Ju­ven­tus the fol­low­ing day.

Gary Lineker. Golden Boot just out of shot…

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