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.

By Gary Welford
Monday, 25 March, 2019, 10:17
Jarrow shopping centre

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.

Who remembers Lipton's store in Jarrow? Here it was having a closing down sale? Does anyone remember the date?
This mum and child were off to the shops in Grange Road, Jarrow, which is part of the new shopping centre.
A spot of window shopping at what was now known as the Viking Precinct in 1985.
This couple had their best top coats on to go shopping in 1973.
The American-style Arndale Centre was THE place to be when it opened in 1961. It's pictured here three years later.
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.
Here's an unusual 1966 aerial view of the Arndale Shopping Centre, as the Viking Precinct was originally known.
Spring 1965 and out come the gardeners to tend to the ornamental pots outside the shopping centre.
Not many shoppers were out on this wet November day in 1972.
Woolworth's was one of the most popular shops in the precinct. It closed in 2009.
The Rediffusion-Tates shop was the place to go for your electrical goods in 1978.