But we are looking back on happier times on the shopping thoroughfare in South Shields with this selection of archive photos.
Remember when you queued for Little Mix tickets or watched Tommy the Trumpeter as he helped switch on the Christmas lights?
How about the flashmob which came to the street or perhaps you were pictured basking in a glorious summer sun as you shopped.
But there are plenty of memories of happier times too and lets take a look at a few.
1. Fun in the sun in 2003
Sunshine, smiles and street entertainment. What more could you want in 2003. Marco the Clown is pictured with Rachel Milliken, Kelsey Gardner, and Liam Hutchinson.
2. Waiting for Little Mix tickets
Little Mix tickets were in high demand in King Street in this 2011 photo. Can you spot anyone you know?
Photo: IAIN BROWN
3. Sweltering in 2013
Browsing round the stalls seven years ago.
Photo: iain brown
4. Meeting new friends in 2008
The Christmas lights switch-on was a colourful occasion in 2008. Were you there?