It was also a year of tragedy. A Boeing 737 burst into flames at Manchester Airport with 55 people losing their lives including Sheffield teenager Sarah Beckett and Chesterfield air stewardess Sharon Ford.
Fifty-six people were killed in a fire at Bradford City’s stadium and 39 were killed with hundreds injured in the Heysel Stadium disaster.
In other news news, EastEnders made its debut on BBC1, the Sinclair C5 was launched and Mohammed Al Fayed bought Harrods.
The north of England's largest holiday and travel exhibition sponsored by Sheffield Newspapers was held at the Cutler's Hall, Sheffield from 1983 to 1990. Here, Miss Great Britain Jill Saxby signs autographs for admiring young fans at the 1985 exhibition