Lightfoot Centre, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, 6th Oct 1982

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  • Jack Craney on March 30, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

    Lili-Ella Wood

    Is this place special to you?

    Yes. I lived there most of my childhood. I was born in Eastcoast Terrace then moved to Lancefield Avenue when I was two.

    What was it like when you were my age?

    It was very safe. I would be out on my bike most of the time with my best fried, playing hide and seek and even going treasure hunting.

    Have you got any interesting stories about it?

    I always remember in the late 80s or 90s, the brand new Lightfoot SPorts Centre opening right in the heart of our estate in Walker. This was really exciting because although we were happy, there still wasn't much to do. My mam didn't have much money, but no one else really did. At the time it was only about 50p in and you could track running, football, trampolining. It was great. It kept the kids off the streets, safe and fit and this was one of my fondest tales of Walker.

    Is this place unique to Tyneside?

    This place is unique because of the great working class.

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