LOSE YOURSELF IN 1986
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…