PICTURE GALLERY: Doncaster in 1985

The Arndale Centre in Doncaster in 1985.
The Arndale Centre in Doncaster in 1985.
0
Have your say

In honour of Back To The Future Day today, we’ve hopped back in our own time machine to take you back to Doncaster in 1985.

Today is the exact date which Marty McFly, star of the hit 1980s time travel movie franchise Back To The Future, and pal Doc Emmett Brown, zoomed forward to in the second part of the film series.

A view of the The Arndale Centre's North Mall, also from June 1985.

A view of the The Arndale Centre's North Mall, also from June 1985.

They’d travelled to October 21, 2015 from 1985 - so we thought it would be fun to take a trip back 30 years to discover what Doncaster was like back then.

Nationally and internationally, it was the year of Bob Geldof’s Live Aid charity music spectacular, two separate football stadium tragedies at Bradford and Heysel and the end of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.
Ronald Reagan was elected American president for the second time while Mikhail Gorbachev took charge in the Soviet Union, the wreck of the Titanic was discovered and Aussie soap Neigbours, video game Super Mario Bros and mobile phones all made their debut.

Locally, the Miners Strike was still very much at the forefront of many minds as local colliery workers reluctantly returned to the pitface at Doncaster’s pits after the collapse of the year-long struggle, but there was joy for Doncaster Rovers who achieved a giantkilling FA Cup shock, Billy Bremner’s team seeing off Division One side QPR 1-0 in front of a packed house at Belle Vue before bowing out in the next round to the mighty Everton.

The Arndale Centre was also given a new look - with the Lovers’ Statue disappearing and new fountains being installed for the first time.

A view of The Arndale Centre's South Mall, Doncaster in June 1985.

A view of The Arndale Centre's South Mall, Doncaster in June 1985.

We’ve plucked out a host of other nostalgic shots too - and you could be on them!
So come with us on a journey back to 1985 - and see if you can spot yourself in any of our archive pictures.

On a damp day in April 1985 two and a half thousand runners start the Doncaster Half Marathon at Rossington for the 13 mile race to the finish in Doncaster Racecourse.

On a damp day in April 1985 two and a half thousand runners start the Doncaster Half Marathon at Rossington for the 13 mile race to the finish in Doncaster Racecourse.

A parade on Wood Street, Doncaster in 1985 with Brownies from other packs.

A parade on Wood Street, Doncaster in 1985 with Brownies from other packs.

The Plough and the Spread Eagle pubs, side by side in, West Laith Gate in 1985. The Spread Eagle later became Joplins wine bar and is now the Tut 'n' Shive.

The Plough and the Spread Eagle pubs, side by side in, West Laith Gate in 1985. The Spread Eagle later became Joplins wine bar and is now the Tut 'n' Shive.

Action from Chesterfield v Doncaster Rovers on 26 October 1985. The game finished 0-0.

Action from Chesterfield v Doncaster Rovers on 26 October 1985. The game finished 0-0.

Shopping scenes in Mexborough in November 1985.

Shopping scenes in Mexborough in November 1985.

Action from the pancake race in the Arndale Centre between the Arndale managers, Arndale staff and Doncaster Rovers in February 1985.

Action from the pancake race in the Arndale Centre between the Arndale managers, Arndale staff and Doncaster Rovers in February 1985.

A day of action march at Bentley during the Miners' Strike in February 1985.

A day of action march at Bentley during the Miners' Strike in February 1985.

Miner Kevin Hughes of Doncaster whose home was attacked during the Miners Strike. He later went on to become MP for Doncaster North and died in 2006.

Miner Kevin Hughes of Doncaster whose home was attacked during the Miners Strike. He later went on to become MP for Doncaster North and died in 2006.