Wearsiders around the world are being urged to make a date with 2016 – by taking a trip down memory lane.
Vintage views of streets, shops and seaside scenes feature in a calendar just published by Sunderland Antiquarian Society for next year.
“It is full of nostalgic photos from the 1940s-onwards, when Sunderland was a thriving town. I’m sure it will bring back many happy memories,” said president Douglas Smith.
“Our archives are a treasure trove of social history, documenting the changing face of Sunderland over the decades – and this is reflected within the calendar.”
Shots of Seaburn’s Big Dipper funfair ride in 1958, Roker paddling pool in 1957, Saxons in the 1940s and Bridge Street in 1952 are among the images featured.
A beach scene from 1958, as well as bygone views of High Street West, Blandford Street, Hills book shop, Vaux drays and a snowy Backhouse Park are also included.
Our archives are a treasure trove of social history, documenting the changing face of Sunderland over the decades - and this is reflected within the calendar.Douglas Smith, president of Sunderland Antiquarian Society.
“Last year, for the Society’s first ever calendar, we picked historic scenes from Victorian and Edwardian times,” said Antiquarian treasurer and calendar co-ordinator Linda King.
“This time around, as a complete contrast, we’ve chosen photos taken within living memory – such as the paddling pool at Roker, which I’m sure many people have fond memories of.
“Our visitors are often drawn to scenes they remember from childhood, such as streets and shops, so we’ve chosen images with lots going on – to hopefully keep them interested all year.”
Linda worked with fellow Antiquarians Denise Lovell, Bill Hawkins, Norman Kirtlan and Philip Curtis on the project, with the final images chosen by a committee.
An initial print run of 250 calendars, at £7.50 each, has been ordered – with 50 already on their way to America, New Zealand, Australia and around the UK.
“Our calendar for 2015 sold out and, all through this year, people have been asking if we are planning another. It has become quite a tradition after just one publication!” said Linda.
“Among my favourites this time is one of Saxons, which evokes happy memories and takes me back to shops of the past. What a bustling place Sunderland was back then.
“But I also like the one of Blacketts on the front cover of the calendar.
“There is a lady with a checked coat on it – a coat just like my mum had. I don’t know if it is her - but it is nice to think so.”
The calendar is available to collect from Sunderland Antiquarian Society at 6 Douro Terrace on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
“It can also be ordered by post at £9.
“We just hope people like it, and that it keeps them entertained.
“It certainly seems to have sparked a few memories in those who have already seen it,” added Linda.
Further details on the calendar are available via email at: email@example.com