The charming Sunderland building that passing drivers checked their watches against

Buildings from Sunderland’s past often attract the interest of the Sunderland Antiquarian Society.

Miss Gilliat with the staff and pupils of Sunderland High School.

The first pupil register from Sunderland High School’s archives

Sunderland High School shaped many young lives in the city.

A jazz band carnival in Sunderland in 1981.

Sunderland woman’s jazz band memories - and why they will never leave her

Elizabeth Lamb still taps away to music. It’s a fond reminder of the days when she was the bass drummer in the Sunderland Westenders.

Wallace the lion.

How Wallace the lion who has thrilled generations ended up at Sunderland Museum

Who knows the background to Wallace the lion?

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The books cover.

The Sunderland footballer who died a hero and lived an extravagant life

There’s a proverbial relegation six-pointer going on between Sunderland and Stoke City tomorrow in the Premier League.

The store in High Street West in the 1960s.

Do you remember your divi number? And what other memories do you have of the Sunderland Equitable Industrial Society

Who can still recite their divi number?

The mine closures had a devastating impact on North East communities.

On this day in 1992, 31,000 miners lost their jobs at the stroke of a pen

It has been exactly 24 years since the British coal mining industry was dealt a heavy blow when the Government announced the closure of 31 out of 50 deep coal mines across the country.

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Beamish Museum Director, Richard Evans celebrates with Babycham at a street party set in the 1950s being held at Beamish Museum, County Durham.

Beamish to rock back to ‘50s after winning £10million lottery grant

Beamish will be rocking back the clock to the 1950s after securing a £10.9million grant to create a major new attraction at the County Durham museum.

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Trevor Howard at the Havelock in May 1947.

The Sunderland cinema that pulled in 120,000 people to watch one movie

The lights went down and another film would flicker into light.

Members of Ryhope All Stars in 2004, from left, Chelsea Brown, Joanna Bradley, Leah Morrison and Kaitlyn Moody.

Were you in tune in the days when jazz bands ruled?

Most people can remember jazz bands when they were growing up.

Hylton Castle Jazz Band at the 1981 Ford Estate Jazz Band Carnival.

Your Sunderland jazz band memories - and lots more photos

From twirly home-made batons to parading on the school field - Echo readers loved our story on jazz bands down the years.

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Mengs of Fawcett Street in 1900, showing the patisserie.

Was this Sunderland restaurant the best in the city?

In recent years, places to eat have opened up in the city centre in increasing numbers.

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PJ and Duncan in action at Sunderland Empire back in 1995.

When Ant and Dec were PJ and Duncan – did you catch these shows?

Today Ant and Dec are two of our best known and most liked TV hosts.

Pal Palmer and his book of cartoons about Sunderland's Barbary Coast

Tributes to artist Bob Palmer who captured Sunderland’s ‘Barbary Coast’

A talented artist who was inspired by his passion for his home city has lost his fight with cancer.

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A close-up  on a footballing and war hero.

The Sunderland goalkeeper who became a war hero

A footballing legend and war hero has had his remarkable story revealed in a new book.

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When Bros performed live in South Shields at Arbeia Roman Fort

It was a gig like no other when Bros landed in a fictional space ship and performed flanked by roman soldiers in South Shields.
Sledging near Penshaw Monument.

Rolling eggs down the Penshaw hill - and more memories

Readers have shared their memories of the much-loved Penshaw Monument.

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Penshaw Monument in 1966.

It’s on the SAFC badge and it’s been a landmark for more than 100 years - but why was Penshaw Monument built?

There can be few Wearsiders who haven’t made the trek up to the top of Penshaw Hill.

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George Waller.

The war veteran who came home to a Sunderland winter - and had to wear two pairs of pyjamas under his clothes

The wonderful story of George Waller comes to us thanks to Trevor Thorne of the Sunderland Antiquarian Society.

Victory in the desert North Africa. Monty meets the King in 1943.

The Sunderland man who photographed Churchill, Montgomery and the King

George Waller’s war years were dramatic, dangerous, eerie and unnerving at different times.

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