046785:Spanish City and Pleasure Gardens c. 1910

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  • Olivia Porter on March 8, 2015, 11:27 a.m.

    During 1984-1986, my dad worked on the rides for extra pocket money during school holidays and weekends, he was 15 years old, he was paid £10 for the full weekend and £3 for any time after school. My dad loved this job as he got to ride for free on all the rides before opening time and after closing and he met lots of people his age who visited the funfair, it was a very exciting place to go for teenagers especially. The busiest time for all families to visit was the summer months especially during six week school holidays.

  • Abbie Forster on March 8, 2015, 11:53 a.m.

    I asked my dad about his memory of Spanish City and told me that when he used to go to there when he was younger it was full of rides and always busy. It was full of teenagers and families. It is special to Tyneside because it was a place where everyone went and you would meet lots of new people. Spanish City was most popular in the 60s as a lots of people came from Scotland and Glasgow for there holidays, it was like Blackpool to them.

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