Solemn Good Fridays of Sunderland’s past

Easter Cross and Service on Tunstall Hill  1 April 1988 old ref number 63701 
Worshippers raise the cross on Tunstall Hill  Good Friday see Saturday April 2 1988
Easter Cross and Service on Tunstall Hill 1 April 1988 old ref number 63701 Worshippers raise the cross on Tunstall Hill Good Friday see Saturday April 2 1988
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Solemn ceremonies to mark Good Friday have been held in the city for many years.

Today, we remind ourselves of the events held in times gone by and ask whether anyone remembers the people pictured.

Sunday Schools Easter Procession and Service at Sunderland Civic Centre  1 April 1988 old ref number 63700  Banners - Elim Church Grindon,   Bethesda Mission Prospect Row, 
Franklin Street,  Robert Street  
Worshippers join in the opening hymn, accompanied by the Salvation Army.  see Saturday April 2 1988

Sunday Schools Easter Procession and Service at Sunderland Civic Centre 1 April 1988 old ref number 63700 Banners - Elim Church Grindon, Bethesda Mission Prospect Row, Franklin Street, Robert Street Worshippers join in the opening hymn, accompanied by the Salvation Army. see Saturday April 2 1988

All of these photographs are from the Sunderland Echo archives and relate to the 1980s.

First is the Good Friday Easter Parade and Service which was held at the Civic Centre on March 28, 1986.

Photographer Jack Carroll was there to cover the scenes at the parade which clearly shows banners from the Franklin Street Pentecostal Church, Humbledon Methodist Sunday School, and Elim Church. 
The Good Friday service was held by Sunderland Sunday School union.

Burdon Road was filled for the Procession of Witness.

Good Friday Easter Parade and Service Civic Centre 28 March 1986 old ref number 55625 Photographer Jack Carroll
Banners -  Franklin Street Pentecostal Church,  Humbledon Methodist Sunday School, Elim Church, 
The Good Friday service held by Sunderland Sunday School union.  Burdon Road was filled yesterday morning for the Procession of Witness.   see Saturday March 29 1986

Good Friday Easter Parade and Service Civic Centre 28 March 1986 old ref number 55625 Photographer Jack Carroll Banners - Franklin Street Pentecostal Church, Humbledon Methodist Sunday School, Elim Church, The Good Friday service held by Sunderland Sunday School union. Burdon Road was filled yesterday morning for the Procession of Witness. see Saturday March 29 1986

Were you there and can you tell us more about the event?

Our second image shows the Good Friday Easter March and Service which was held on April 16, 1987, and which was taken by our photographer Tony Colling.

The service was held at Sunderland Civic Centre and this scene is from the Good Friday Parade. Can you identify any of the people in the photograph.

Thirdly, the Easter Cross and Service on Tunstall Hill was photographed on April 1, 1988. It shows worshippers raising the cross.

Good Friday Easter March and Service  16 April 1987 old ref number 59626 Photographer Tony Colling
The service was held at Sunderland Civic Centre.  see Saturday April 18 1987 
Good Friday Parade

Good Friday Easter March and Service 16 April 1987 old ref number 59626 Photographer Tony Colling The service was held at Sunderland Civic Centre. see Saturday April 18 1987 Good Friday Parade

Lastly, we captured the Sunday Schools Easter Procession and Service on the same day in 1988 – showing banners from Elim Church, Grindon, the Bethesda Mission in Prospect Row, Franklin Street, and Robert Street.

Worshippers joined in the opening hymn, accompanied by the Salvation Army, our photographer noted. We would love to hear from anyone who can tell us more about Easters in the city in years gone by. Or perhaps you know the people in our photographs from the 1980s.

If so, why not send us an email or give us a call. Contact Chris Cordner on (0191) 5017473, or email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk