This is what was happening in Chester as the 1990s dawned – Cheshire Live

The 1990s was a pivotal decade which will be forever synonymous with the arrival of the technological revolution.

As the nineties began, hardly anyone had heard of the internet but by the end of the decade, it was widely used across the world.

Before the decade had even started, change was happening everywhere.

Just weeks before Christmas 1989, the world had seen one of the most important events in world history with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and television was becoming the most most influential political medium for the first time.

Lots of things were happening in Chester at the dawn of the 1990s too, and the Chester Chronicle was reporting on all of it, as we found when we searched the archives at Storyhouse.

Believe it or not, the Sealand Stink issue was still rumbling on back then, and in December 1989, the problem was 'worse than ever'.

Despite millions of pounds being spent by Welsh Water on sewage work improvements, the foul smell was still invading everyone's nostrils, with Blacon councillor Dave Nield saying: "We've spent more time on this problem than any other."

Meanwhile, the George & Dragon pub on Liverpool Road was awaiting a new owner, and jewellers H Samuel was told to take down an unsightly display of paper banners from its city centre shops as Labour councillor and future MP Christine Russell branded them 'appallingly garish'.

Elsewhere, a display of naughty knickers in a sex shop window in Boughton outraged local residents and a shocking armed raid at the Abbots Well Hotel in Christleton made headlines, in which a member of staff was struck while a gang made off with contents of the safe.

As the Citroen XM car won the 1990 Car of the Year Award, The Chronicle was advertising New Year sales of F and G reg Vauxhall Novas and Hyyndai Ponys.

Back in 1989, satellite systems were becoming all the rage, with adverts for 'entertainment that rolls on from first thing in the morning to last thing at night'. At that time, a Hitachi Stereo Sound External Speaker system was being sold for 449.99.

And house prices were a little different back then too. A five bedroom bungalow off Lache Lane with a dining room, double garage and tennis court was up for sale for just 159,500.

And a mid terraced three bedroom townhouse in Handbridge with superb views of the River Dee would set you back just 49,500 in 1989.

A Christmas TV guide featured popular programmes including Beadle's About, The Dame Edna Experience and Hearts of Gold, while the top selling singles at Our Price on Eastgate Street were Ben Liebrand's Eve of the War, New Kids on The Block's Right Stuff, Linda Ronstadt's Don't Know Much and Phil Collins' Another Day in Paradise.

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