7 snaps of bygone Sunderland

Make mine a pint! The final  touches are being made here to Bluebottle 1 - a promotional display on the back of a 1920s flat-backed truck owned  by Sunderland brewer R. Fenwick & Co.
Make mine a pint! The final touches are being made here to Bluebottle 1 - a promotional display on the back of a 1920s flat-backed truck owned by Sunderland brewer R. Fenwick & Co.
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There is just time to make a late date with 2016, thanks to a new nostalgia calendar.

Sunderland Golden Years calendar, produced by True North Books Ltd, features 12 rare images of Wearside from over the decades.

Staff at Vaux Brewery hard at work in the early 20th century.

Staff at Vaux Brewery hard at work in the early 20th century.

“Each is supported by a well-researched caption and the calendar will definitely take you on a trip down memory lane,” said a spokesman.

“Indeed, it will awaken half-forgotten thoughts of yesteryear in the Sunderland you once knew and loved.”

True North Books has also produced a new history book, Memories of Sunderland – Nostalgia Square, which contains scores of vintage photos.

Shipyard scenes, streets, people and well-known places all feature in the book, alongside detailed facts and figures on the city’s history.

The Wear Hopper pictured on the river, with shipyard cranes behind it.

The Wear Hopper pictured on the river, with shipyard cranes behind it.

“We wanted the book to rekindle almost lost memories of Sunderland through high quality, rarely seen photographs,” added the spokesman.

“It is bound to jog the memories of many readers and raise challenging questions from children who will enjoy the pictures of ‘days gone 
by’.”

l The book and calendar cost £5.99 each. They can be ordered via the firm’s website, truenorthbooks.com, or from other on-line retailers.

Fleeing to the safety of the country - Wearside evacuees at the start of World War Two.

Fleeing to the safety of the country - Wearside evacuees at the start of World War Two.

Black's Regal Theatre - one of the plushest cinemas in Sunderland.

Black's Regal Theatre - one of the plushest cinemas in Sunderland.

A by-gone Sunderland street scene.

A by-gone Sunderland street scene.