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October 31, 2012

Cape Town in the 1980s: Priceless photos

Cape Town in the 1980s. Photo © Cape Town Tourism.

We recently put the call out for long-forgotten images depicting Cape Town during the 1980s and boy, did her residents and fans respond in kind…

From the outrageous neon clothing to some of the Mother City’s iconic attractions in their pre-development phases, 80s Cape Town was an interesting sight to behold.

These are just a few of the priceless images:

Cape Town fan Kerry McLachlan as a toddler in the "train" park, just before the Moullie Point Lighthouse in 1980. Photo courtesy Kerry McLachlan

Beauty pagents were a 1980s Capetonian staple event. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Leigh Ann's family trip coincided with the construction of the DuToits Kloof tunnel in January 1988. Photo courtesy of Leigh Ann Midlands Industrial

Gerard Samuels adored his classic Adidas tracksuit in the 1980s. Photo courtesy Gerard Samuels 

If you’re feeling nostalgic for this decade of heavy eyeshadow, stonewashed jeans and leg warmers, tickets for the second performance of the Virgin Atlantic 80s Rewind Festival, featuring Rick Astley, Leee Johns, Tony Hadley and Nik Kershaw at the Grand Arena on Thursday, November 1, 2012, are no longer available at Computicket.

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