7 things from 1980s Doncaster you'd totally forgotten about

The much missed and much-loved roundabout in Doncaster market.
The much missed and much-loved roundabout in Doncaster market.
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As time passes, your memories of bygone Doncaster dim - so here's seven things about our town from the 1980s you've probably forgotten all about.

1. Buses in front of the Arndale Centre

Pedestrianisation? What pedestrianisation?

Pedestrianisation? What pedestrianisation?

Before the Interchange came along, getting home involved loitering in shops such as Andys Records and Richards Shops to shelter before you hopped aboard the Little Nipper.

2. Menacing town centre subways

Not the sandwich chain, but your means of getting to the town centre from the railway station. Dodgy graffiti, dubious smells and half-torn posters for bands like Slug The Nightwatchman and Thelma's Thighs were your companions.

3. The underground toilets near the Arndale Centre

The underground toilets near the Arndale Centre, shortly before demolition.

The underground toilets near the Arndale Centre, shortly before demolition.

Linking one side of West Laith Gate with, erm, the other, these white-tiled loos were the place your parents warned you to steer clear of. After being closed and gathering dust for many years, they were eventually filled in by the council.

4. The Green 'Un being sold in pubs

You'd barely had time to catch the bus back into town from Belle Vue before an inky-fingered newspaper seller would be thrusting the day's reports and results into your hand in the popular Saturday night sports paper.

5. Push button light-up maps showing places of interest

The Saturday night sports bible

The Saturday night sports bible

Situated in West Laith Gate, Waterdale and the North Bus Station among others, these huge glass fronted edifices could keep a child happy for hours as they'd find out where Christ Church was courtesy of a small blinking white light on a map.

6. The merry-go round in the market

Another weekly treat for Doncaster children of the 1970s and 80s was the chance to jump on board the roundabout in the market place. You'd have to be in just the right place to bag your vehicle of choice.

7. Animated Christmas scenes in the Arndale/Frenchgate

Once a year, the fountains would disappear to give way to groups of wide-eyed children staring in awe at singing reindeers, animated snowmen and loads and loads of polystyrene doubling up as snow.