PICTURE GALLERY: 11 things you’ll remember as a child in Doncaster in the 80s

A selection of 80s crisps.
A selection of 80s crisps.
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If you grew up in Doncaster in the 1970s and 80s, you’ll love our latest trip down memory lane.

We’ve delved into our archives once more to stir some memories that you’re bound to recall from your childhood. How many of these can you remember?

The Lovers Statue in 1984.

The Lovers Statue in 1984.

1. Meeting relatives at the Lovers’ Statue in the Arndale Centre

The risque sculpture of a naked, golden couple embracing is now back in Waterdale after thirty years - but for generations of Doncastrians it will be forever associated with the Arndale as a place to meet up.

2. A ride on the miniature railway in Sandall Park

Much missed and fondly remembered, a trip on one of the trundling, brightly coloured locomotives was a highlight of a trip to Sandall Park - especially in the summer months when you might be treated to pop and crisps in the cafe.

The miniature railway in Sandall Park.

The miniature railway in Sandall Park.

3. The Inner Circle bus

It used to whizz around the town centre on a continuous loop, was phased out in the 80s but its memory lives on. A long-running but ultimately abandoned trial electric bus which along the straight mile will also linger for many.

4. A trip to Rockware Glass was a Christmas treat

Every festive season, the dull and faceless buildings and grounds of the Clay Lane glass factory would be decorated with hundreds of bulbs and decorations. Generations wept when the illuminations finally bit the dust.

The electric bus on the straight mile.

The electric bus on the straight mile.

5. Getting money back on Ben Shaws pop bottles

Canny kids could earn a few pence by returning empty Ben Shaws pop bottles - in exotic flavours such as Pineappleade and American Cream Soda - back to their corner shop. Visits from the Alpine pop man were also an 80s staple.

6. Flimsy Doncaster Rovers programmes

Back then, there was no such thing as a glossy ‘matchday magazine,’ just a hastily assembled pamphlet with a few dry articles about the club and the occasional flash of glamour with a ‘dolly girl’ in a Rovers kit.

Rockware Glass - going here was considered a Christmas treat

Rockware Glass - going here was considered a Christmas treat

7. Getting the Doncaster Evening Post delivered

Your dad or gran would tut wearily if the newspaper boy was ever late with their prized copy of the EP, Donny’s original evening read, published six days a week from now demolished offices on North Bridge. Publication ceased in 1983.

8. Spending your pocket money on sweets and crisps

Snacks like some of those pictured were the staple treat for Doncaster youngsters in the 70s and 80s. Salt ‘n’ shake crisps and a Double Dip washed down with a can of Top Deck anyone?

9. Collecting Panini football stickers

“Got, got, got - NEED!” was the playground mantra not just in Doncaster but across the land as young boys shuffled through pictures of Stoke City footballers and Scottish club badges to complete their collections.

Got any spare pop bottles mam?

Got any spare pop bottles mam?

10. Watching Open All Hours being filmed

Not the current remake which many feel was ill-advised at best, but the original with Ronnie Barker stuttering his way around Balby as Arkwright. Lucky children could expect a trip to see the stars in action when cameras rolled in.

11. Queueing to watch films at the ABC Cinema

Still empty and redundant, the towering ABC Cinema, later the Cannon was the Saturday morning or afternoon choice for many. A Westler’s hot dog, a carton of Kia Ora and Superman on the big screen - bliss.

A Doncaster Rovers programme from the 1984.

A Doncaster Rovers programme from the 1984.

The Doncaster Evening Post closed in 1983.

The Doncaster Evening Post closed in 1983.

Panini Football Stickers - did you complete your collection?

Panini Football Stickers - did you complete your collection?

Ronnie Barker filming Open All Hours in Balby in the 80s.

Ronnie Barker filming Open All Hours in Balby in the 80s.

The ABC Cinema - where happy Saturday afternoons were spent.

The ABC Cinema - where happy Saturday afternoons were spent.