Today we raise a glass to Wearside’s pubs and clubs of the 1980s – when Duran Duran and Kylie Minogue topped the charts and a pint of Vaux lager cost just a £1.
“So many dance spots and local watering holes have disappeared over the years, but I thought these photos would bring back fond memories,” said Echo archivist Susan Swinney.
“There were pubs and clubs for people of all musical tastes back then, from punk to new wave, blues and dance. And, of course, lots of locally-brewed Vaux drinks to enjoy too.”
Among today’s 1980s blasts from the past are photos of the Jovial Friar at Ford Estate, Sleepers at East Boldon, The Continental, The Blandford and Windmills at Fulwell.
“Some are still going strong, while others, like Windmills, have become mere memories,” said Susan. “In fact, it is 10 years since the former rock bar Windmills closed down.”
Also featured here are two long-gone music clubs – Close Encounters and The Kazbah – which once promoted new bands, as well as playing host to established acts.
There were pubs and clubs for people of all musical tastes back then, from punk to new wave, blues and dance. And, of course, lots of locally brewed Vaux drinks to enjoy too.Susan Swinney, photographic archivist for the Echo.
Indeed, the legendary R&B/blues singer Bo Diddley played at Close Encounters in 1982, while Steve Marriott, Chicken Shack and The Alarm were all featured at The Kazbah.
“I’m sure people will have great memories of these places. If you’d like to share your photos of 1980s pubs and clubs, we would love to hear from you,” said Susan.
l Old photos can be emailed to Susan at: firstname.lastname@example.org