The 1980s is often remembered as being a materialistic decade. The economy went from recession in the first half of the decade to a boom in the second. Margaret Thatcher, the first woman prime minister, was in power for the whole of the 1980s. Married in 1981, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer had the ‘wedding of the century’.
Technology continued to advance during this period. In 1983 Motorola launched the first commercial mobile phone and many saw it as a huge status symbol.
Channel 4 launched on television in 1982. The decade saw the phasing out of black and white television sets. Popular shows in the 1980s included ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Dynasty’ and ‘Eastenders’. Films released included ‘Back to the Future’, ‘E.T.’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’.
Video games increased in popularity and consoles sold included the Commodore 64 and NES. Locally, the Humber Bridge opened in 1981. At the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Music increased in diversity during the decade. Madonna, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston were the most famous pop stars. The album ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson is still one of the best-selling albums of all time. Heavy metal, hip hop and contemporary R&B were popular genres.