Welcome to memories of 1980s Newcastle. The city had been through great changes during the previous couple of decades and, despite the ‘winter of discontent’ that ended the 1970s, many looked towards the 1980s with hope and optimism. Sweet dreams indeed!Looking back, for many North Easterners the 1980s evoke Margaret Thatcher’s divisive policies and the uncertainty they imposed. However, by 1989 Newcastle had begun to redefine itself, even to market itself, and to give the banks of the Tyne a whole new look and purpose for the future. And Newcastle always knows how to party. Its thriving 1980s club scene catered for all tastes. ‘The Boat’, the Tube and the Riverside vividly fix the decade for many of our contributors. Others remember street parties, street protests, the novelty of the Metro, Kevin Keegan’s inspirational goals, mind-blowing rock concerts, the Great North Run, and much much more. With the memories and photographs of more than 110 people, Sweet Dreams shows us a Newcastle in full colour, no longer black and white – except for the Magpies of course!