NBN News Rewind – Episode 8

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Star Hotel Riot

In September 1979, thousands of people, flocked to King St Newcastle

to farewell the Star Hotel, on it’s final night of trading.

But when police arrived to take control, the huge crowd became a terrifying group that sparked one of Australia’s largest ever riots.

The incident made national headlines covered fearlessly here by NBN News cameraman Barry Nancarrow and journalist Robyn Wade.

The Star Hotel Riot became part of Newcastle’s History.

A story captured by a hard-working news team committed to their craft.