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Nicholas Ridley cuts the ribbon to open the MetroCentre watched by (left to right

Nicholas Ridley cuts the ribbon to open the MetroCentre watched by (left to right


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Nicholas Ridley cuts the ribbon to open the MetroCentre watched by (left to right

Nicholas Ridley cuts the ribbon to open the MetroCentre watched by (left to right) Sir Douglas Lovelock, First Church Estate Commisioner, John Hall and Coun. George Gill, leader of Gateshead Council. 13th October 1986

Staff
NCJ Archive
Mirrorpix
Gateshead
England

Media ID 21686285

© Mirrorpix

Business Businessman Councillor Cutting Development Ribbon Shopping Centre


EDITORS COMMENTS
In this print from Memory Lane Prints, we are transported back to the 1980s as Nicholas Ridley, a prominent businessman, cuts the ribbon to officially open the MetroCentre. The momentous occasion is witnessed by esteemed individuals including Sir Douglas Lovelock, First Church Estate Commissioner, John Hall and Coun. George Gill, leader of Gateshead Council. The image captures a significant milestone in the development of this iconic shopping centre. With its grandeur and promise of economic growth for the region, Ridley's beaming smile reflects his satisfaction and pride in bringing such an ambitious project to fruition. Surrounded by fellow visionaries who played crucial roles in making this dream a reality, their expressions mirror joy and excitement for what lies ahead. The atmosphere is filled with anticipation as shoppers eagerly await entry into this new retail paradise. This photograph serves as a time capsule that encapsulates not only the success of business ventures during that era but also highlights collaboration between public figures and private enterprises for community development. It symbolizes progress and prosperity while reminding us of the transformative power that large-scale projects can have on local economies. As we gaze upon this historical moment frozen in time through Staff's lens, it evokes nostalgia for an era defined by ambition and achievement – an era when dreams were turned into reality at places like MetroCentre.

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