Quay­side view: 1958

The Chronicle - - Nostalgia -

WE make no apolo­gies for re­turn­ing once again to New­cas­tle Quay­side’s renowned Sun­day mar­ket.

This par­tic­u­lar view, from the Chron­i­cle pho­to­graph ar­chive, was cap­tured 60 years ago, this week in April 1958.

And look how busy it was on that dis­tant spring day.

A year ear­lier, Prime Min­is­ter Harold Macmil­lan had fa­mously de­clared: “Most of our peo­ple have never had it so good”.

Post-war aus­ter­ity was over, there were jobs ga­lore for ev­ery­one, more and more homes were ac­quir­ing new­fan­gled TV sets, and mo­tor cars were no longer the sole pre­serve of the well­heeled. Peo­ple had money in their pock­ets.

As any­one who was around dur­ing the era will tell you: “It was a great time.”

Sixty years ago, the av­er­age UK salary was £570, an av­er­age car cost £750, and the av­er­age house price was £2,250.

In the pop charts, the young folk of the North East were lis­ten­ing to the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Pres­ley who would be in­ducted into the US Army in 1958.

At the cin­ema, this was the year of The Bridge On The River Kwai, South Pa­cific, and King Cre­ole.

And, over St James’ Park, there was a stylish new black and white strip, and a new man­ager, Char­lie Mit­ten, try­ing to ring the changes. New­cas­tle United would fin­ish 11th come the end of the 1958-59 First Divi­sion sea­son.

New­cas­tle Quay­side Sun­day mar­ket, April 1958

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