PICTURES: 15 photos that will make you nostalgic for Sheffield in the 80s

Ready to take a trip back down memory lane to the Sheffield of the 80s?

Friday, 27th April 2018, 10:45 am
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 10:46 am
Take a trip back to 1980s Sheffield

For many of us, it seems a lifetime ago - a time when the likes of Sheffield’s very own ABC and Human League ruled the music charts, when Margaret Thatcher ruled the country and when programmes like Hi-de-Hi, Terry and June and ‘Allo ‘Allo ruled the TV.

We’d be wandering around in our shell suits, tucking into Funny Feet lollies and Birdseye Steakhouse Grills and playing football in the park with jumpers for goalposts on endlessly long summer days.

For some, think of Sheffield in the 1980s and you can’t help but think of the bitter, year-long Miners’ Strike which paralysed the region’s colleries and divided communities way back in 1984-85.

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But for an entire generation, there were plenty of happy memories too.

There’d be trips to the cinema - the Classic, Gaumont or Odeon among them, where you’d tuck into a Westler’s hot dog from the foyer.

Or perhaps you’d spend Saturdays down at the Silver Blades ice rink - or if you were a little bit older, drinking and dancing the night away at venues like Jospehine’s, Roxy and The Limit.

If that didn’t happen, chances are your mum would treat you to a cafe visit or a trip into the Castle Market to see what bargains she could find.

Then you’d head back to catch the Little Nipper back home - with the legendary 2p bus fare for kids.

Or perhaps you’d spend Saturday mornings swimming at Sheaf Valley Baths - and being treated to a bag of crisps from the vending machine after your dip.

You’d get home to find your dad reading a copy of The Star (later in the evening, the Green ‘Un) and watching the football results come in on World Of Sport on ITV.

When Christmas rolled around, there was always the chance you’d be taken along to Redgates’ toy shop or wander through the city centre streets, where invariably, the same decorations would be rolled out year after year.

When we were a little bit older, trips to town would invariably mean a few pints in a pub like The Stonehouse.

We’ve dipped back into the archives once more to roll back time to Sheffield in the 80s. See how many of these memories you can recall!