Images to take you back toÂ the eighties in and around Doncaster
Bygone days in Doncaster
Buildings of note in the town centre includeÂ the National WestminsterÂ bank, and we have a snap of the British Homes Stores' outletÂ when it was at peak popularityÂ withÂ shoppers.
Many shops and stores that flourished in the eighties have sadly now disappeared, including Woolworths with its colourful pick n mix sweets '“Â Â a big treat for youngsters.
Little shoppers couldÂ look forward to a roundabout ride in the marketplace if they were lucky. And youngsters of the time might remember Cuttriss Model Shop, and the Northern Zoological Stores.
Chelsea Girl was a big fashion name, and book lovers could visit Taylor and Colbridge on St Sepulchre Gate.Â
Doncaster Belles celebrated a clutch ofÂ FA Cup wins, andÂ in 1989, HRH Princess DianaÂ visited Doncaster to officially open the new Dome Leisure Centre.
She was welcomed to the borough by theÂ leader of the Council, Gordon Gallimore.
Crowds turned out in force to see the royal visitor, and waited for hours to get a good vantage point for the swift proceedings.Â Â
The Dome offered Doncaster a newÂ swimming and leisure pool with lagoons, a large gymnasium and split ice rink, as well as a modern cafÃ© within the development.Â
Pubs and clubs in vogue at the time includedÂ Â Park Lane and Karisma along with The Garden, The King's Head, AD Forty Three and The Gallery, to name but a few...Â
It was a difficult decade for Doncaster in many ways; numerousÂ pits began toÂ close, leading toÂ the loss of many jobs, andÂ the miners' strike of 1984 affected scores of families.
There were some very cold spells. In December 1981, the lowest chill recorded, at a minimum temperature of -13.5 degrees celcius, was set.