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Chronicling the past: November, '84.

WE turn the clock back almost exactly 30 years, to Wednesday, November 28, 1984.

What were you doing back then - and how was life treating you? For folk in the North East that day, the weather was sunny, although the Chronicle forecast said there would be showers on the way.

On a packed front page, we told how "Newcastle shoppers held their breath as plucky, young Wendy Jessiman stepped off the 180-feet high tower of the Civic Centre.

"The 24-year-old, from Hebburn, whizzed down 350 feet of rope known as the 'death slide' to raise money for the Freeman Hospital diabetic unit."

Wendy, who raised PS150 for the good cause, said: "I'll never get the chance to do this again - but I was scared."

Meanwhile, in less heartwarming news, we reported how "parts of Northumberland and Durham had their cash aid for jobs slashed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government".

At a time of economic hardship in the North East, unemployment was rising as, at the same time, a string of jobcentres across the country were axed.

Adding to the gloom, 7,000 Swan Hunter workers were being offered voluntary redundancy as the shipbuilding industry suffered.

This was on top of the ongoing national miners' strike, of course. The bitter dispute was in its eighth month, and we reported how the TUC was trying to The Chronicle of November 28, 1984 The Chronicle of November 28, 1984 | organise fresh peace talks to break the deadlock.

Meanwhile, Farnons were advertising negligees at PS19.99, while Binns were hoping "to solve your Xmas gift problem in seconds" with an anniversary clock priced PS19.99.

Finally, three North East pools winners were counting their winnings in the runup to the festive season.

One wonders if the Newcastle man who won PS52,000 invested in the cutprice clock and negligee!

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2014
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