I was in the crowd in 1977 when Jimmy Carter came to Newcastle. I remember a friend of mine was there too, somewhere or other. He had his arm in a sling & was searched by the Secret Service for weapons. His arm was in a sling because he broke it when he was hit by a car while crossing a highway on an acid trip. But that's another story. In general the security for Carter's visit was low key, and the mood of the crowd was buoyant. Carter was friendly, relaxed, and even though his Geordie accent wasn't the best, he was instantly likeable. A far cry from 2018.
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