People, places and pancakes – countdown begins for Wearside Echoes nostalgia calendar

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IT may be the height of summer – but the countdown is now on to the publication of our Wearside Echoes nostalgia calendar for 2014.

“We are going back to the future to mark next year in style,” said Susan Swinney, photographic archivist for the Echo.

Roker Beach  Whit Monday  1929  old ref  number 17-1989

Roker Beach Whit Monday 1929 old ref number 17-1989

“People, places and even pancake flipping take centre stage in the 2014 calendar, which will be filled with photos to suit all tastes.”

Susan has spent the past few weeks hunting out scores of Wearside scenes from the paper’s archives, dating from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Included in her batch of calendar photos are beach scenes, ship launches, playground fun and even a herd of cows taking a leisurely stroll.

“One of my favourites shows the General Election declaration outside the Victoria Hall in 1935. It is incredibly atmospheric,” she said.

“I was also thrilled to come across the image of a chap in a bowler taking a walk through the Thornhill area in 1952. It’s very quirky!”

Other photos in the collection include pancake flipping in Southwick, glass blowers at Joblings and a roof-top view of the Town Hall.

There is also one of Sunderland AFC’s FA Cup Victory Parade in 1937, as well as a spectacular river view of Wearmouth Staiths in 1962.

“I’ve tried to choose a selection of shots from different eras, which I hope will bring back happy memories for many people,” said Susan.

“It is amazing just how much Sunderland has changed over the years. These calendar pictures really do provide a trip down memory lane.”

The Wearside Echoes calendar will be published in the early autumn.