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Tyneside in 1971: From juvenile jazz bands to the Rolling Stones in 10 photos

Ten striking photographs from the ChronicleLive archive give a taste of what was going on around Tyneside 50 years ago

For those who remember the year 1971, can it really be 50 long years ago? Well, yes it is.

Our 10 photographs from the ChronicleLive archive recall some of what was going on around Tyneside at the time.

It was the year when 21-year-old London-born centre-forward Malcolm Macdonald signed for Newcastle United and memorably scored a thrilling hat trick against Liverpool on his home debut. He would go on to become a terrace hero.

The sound of kazoos and marching drums was frequently in the air in the summer months as the juvenile jazz band craze took hold in the region.

And the Rolling Stone returned to the stage, kicking off their first British tour since 1967 at Newcastle City Hall.

It would generally be a very good year for rock music. The Old Grey Whistle Test made its first appearance on TV and, at a time when the biggest acts regularly performed in the region, the mighty Led Zeppelin appeared in Newcastle and Sunderland on consecutive nights, just days before their best-selling fourth album featuring the classic Stairway To Heaven was released.

As ever there was bad news. Football delivered tragedy when 66 fans who were crushed to death at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow after a match between Rangers and Celtic.

And in Ulster, as the “Troubles” escalated, a bomb exploded at McGurk’s bar, Belfast, killing 15 people, including three children.

This was also the year decimalisation was introduced in the UK. There was bamboozlement for many as the old pennies, shillings and pounds system, which dated back to Saxon times, was replaced by a currency system based on units of ten.

On UK television, new series in 1971 included the Two Ronnies, Parkinson and The Persuaders; in the pop charts, The Osmonds, Rod Stewart and T Rex made an impact; and at the cinema, popular film releases included Dirty Harry, Diamonds Are Forever, and The French Connection.

Further afield, the volcano Mount Etna erupted in Sicily; China was admitted to the United Nations; and The Partridge Family, an American import, was a huge hit on TV here.

Enjoy our photographs from 50 years ago.

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