Metrocentre, Dunston, Gateshead July 1971


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  • ss on March 3, 2015, 11:35 p.m.

    I asked my mam some questions about her past and if she had experienced anything interesting. This is what she told me:

    The best thing in my view that has happened in the North East is the creation of the Metrocentre. What once was a deserted wasteland has become a nationwide shopping attraction.
    The official opening was held in October 1986, but unfortunately I could not attend this event.
    Shopping malls was only heard of abroad, but to have one in your own area was any shopper's dream come true.
    Over the years, when my first child was born, it had become my weekly visit with friends. The best thing was being able to drop off our toddlers at the 'Creche' (supervised soft play area) for a small fee for a couple of hours whilst we shopaholics shopped to our hearts content.
    When two more children were added to the family, cinema trips and Metroland (Fun Fair) was another treat from this development.
    The Centre has expanded over the years and has created many jobs. There are over 340 shops, cafes and restaurants inside Metrocentre and almost 10,000 parking spaces and it is still growing and getting better.

    For me, this is the best shopping centre I've been to so far and you can shop 'till you drop and eat 'till you can't eat no more. This has made a really big impact for North East economy. I would definitely recommend this to people who live and visit the area.~Caitlin

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