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Jim Bell
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I was born there! Still go up sometimes.

 

Never mind, eh?

 

Seriously though, when was the last time you were there?  Its changed hugely in the last year.

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Having said that, it used to be our nearest ASDA what with being just over the bridge and all, back when asda was the red quadrant.

 

I started my motor trade sales career selling Suzukis outside of M&S.

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This is going to sound very sad but Intu have ruined the Metrocentre and Eldon Square, all those lovely 70s/80s details is now extremely dull and sterile beige/white*.

 

I'm sure red quadrant ASDA was a Gateway at some point? Or was it Carrefour?

 

 

*I know, it's just a shopping centre.

 

Still can't get my head round Northumberland Street being the A1!

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PS, wiki says you are right about the asda.

 

The first phase of Metrocentre was opened on 28 April 1986 - the red mall. At the time it featured a large Carrefour supermarket, which later became Gateway and subsequently Asda. The Metrocentre also featured the first out of town Marks & Spencer.

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I used to frequent The Model Shop too,  they moved to a smaller shop over by The Life Centre for a bit before closing down completely.  I remember buying a Minitrix 27 that had been repainted into T+WPTE colours along with a pair of Scalextrix Metro 6R4's.

 

As far as I know the only modelshop still up in the north is down at Chester Moor next to the A167,  I keep meaning to pop back in at some point, it was Deltic models last time I went.

 

I haven't been to the Metrocentre for years,  I think the last time I was up there was for a job interview at a security company based just outside.  I was a bit late after failing to appreciate how long the bus would take from Gateshead and how far the walk would be from the bus station,  suffice to say I didn't get it.

 

That pathetic motorway site is brilliant,  it's great to spot the gaps in modernish schemes that have been left for roads that never arrived on Google maps.

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It might be for the best that the rest of the Central Motorways were never built? The CME is deeply unpleasant to drive on.

 

I just had a read through the "tyneside story" bit of the pathetic motorway site - as well as the CMW (which I knew about, F*ck the bypass save the Doll T-shirt and all...) there was an east west underground link proposed, and a planned central motorway BYPASS (yeah, bypassing a motorway!) but it all got binned because the Metro got all the funding (and it was a shit idea)

 

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Here's another A1 goes up Northumberland Street pic, 1969 this time (according to the page I found it on...)

 

 

Anyone remember when the A1 used to go through the tyne tunnel and the current A1/western bypass was the A69?

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