Jarrow shopping centre

In pictures: When Jarrow's new shopping mall became the UK's first Arndale Centre

This week’s pictorial nostalgia trip takes us back to the days when most people went out for a daily shop rather than staying at home and buying things from the internet.

Jarrow became home to the UK's first American-style Arndale Centre when it opened in 1961 - and, as The Viking Centre, it's still going strong. Take a look back through these pictures from our photographic archive and see how many of the shops you remember.

The American-style Arndale Centre was THE place to be when it opened in 1961. It's pictured here three years later.

5. Pushchairs on parade

The American-style Arndale Centre was THE place to be when it opened in 1961. It's pictured here three years later.
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Jarrow precinct was a place where you could shop without having to worry about cars. This picture is from 1973.

6. Traffic-free zone

Jarrow precinct was a place where you could shop without having to worry about cars. This picture is from 1973.
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Jarrow shopping centre has always had a good selection of shops.

7. Local shops for local people

Jarrow shopping centre has always had a good selection of shops.
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Here's an unusual 1966 aerial view of the Arndale Shopping Centre, as the Viking Precinct was originally known.

8. From the air

Here's an unusual 1966 aerial view of the Arndale Shopping Centre, as the Viking Precinct was originally known.
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