The pictures of old Sunderland to feature on group’s 2016 calendar

January: Winter fun in Backhouse Park 1957. Schoolchildren wearing balaclavas, school caps and willies hurtle at break-neck speed on sledges, in a race to the bottom of the hill.
January: Winter fun in Backhouse Park 1957. Schoolchildren wearing balaclavas, school caps and willies hurtle at break-neck speed on sledges, in a race to the bottom of the hill.
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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.

March: Vaux's beautiful dray horses crossing Wearmouth Bridge. At one time they delivered to pubs and clubs throughout the town until the brewery sadly closed its doors in July 1999.

March: Vaux's beautiful dray horses crossing Wearmouth Bridge. At one time they delivered to pubs and clubs throughout the town until the brewery sadly closed its doors in July 1999.

“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.

February: Comedian Dave Morris stars the Shrove Tuesday pancake race at Cato Street, Southwick, in 1958.

February: Comedian Dave Morris stars the Shrove Tuesday pancake race at Cato Street, Southwick, in 1958.

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.

May: A bustling Blandford Street in the trendy 60s, with record shops, boutiques and burgers tempting shoppers to linger and buy.

May: A bustling Blandford Street in the trendy 60s, with record shops, boutiques and burgers tempting shoppers to linger and buy.

“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: sunderlandantiquarians@yahoo.co.uk

October: Saxon's - another Sunderland favourite, particularly at Christmas time, when the toy department was filled with excited children and their parents who were counting the cost of dolls, train sets and the latest in bicycles and dolls' prams. This lovely photo shows how quiet the streets could be - two bicycles and one car make up the midday traffic in the late 1940s.

October: Saxon's - another Sunderland favourite, particularly at Christmas time, when the toy department was filled with excited children and their parents who were counting the cost of dolls, train sets and the latest in bicycles and dolls' prams. This lovely photo shows how quiet the streets could be - two bicycles and one car make up the midday traffic in the late 1940s.

November: This photo shows some of the oldest houses in Sunderland - Collier Row, Bishopwearmouth - and was taken in the 1960s. The old fire station can just be seen on the left behind the fire engine, which would have been gearing up for the usual November 5th fun and festivities.

November: This photo shows some of the oldest houses in Sunderland - Collier Row, Bishopwearmouth - and was taken in the 1960s. The old fire station can just be seen on the left behind the fire engine, which would have been gearing up for the usual November 5th fun and festivities.

September: Who could forget Hills, where generations of us bought the latest best seller, Quink ink for our fountain pens and wonderful art materials? Sadly Hills closed in 2006, after over 150 years.

September: Who could forget Hills, where generations of us bought the latest best seller, Quink ink for our fountain pens and wonderful art materials? Sadly Hills closed in 2006, after over 150 years.

August: In the hot summer of 1957 children cool down in the Roker paddling pool. There is hardly a space left on the beach between the bathers and the beach tents.

August: In the hot summer of 1957 children cool down in the Roker paddling pool. There is hardly a space left on the beach between the bathers and the beach tents.

July: Willicks, candy floss, candy rock and all sorts of 'ket' was on sale at these iconic Seaburn kiosks. For those who wanted to know what the future may hold, a visit to the mystic fortune teller may have taken your fancy in 1958.

July: Willicks, candy floss, candy rock and all sorts of 'ket' was on sale at these iconic Seaburn kiosks. For those who wanted to know what the future may hold, a visit to the mystic fortune teller may have taken your fancy in 1958.

June: Summer days, with the smell of fish and chips and salt water in the air, and the shrieks of excited children at the fairground. Dodgems, 'shuggy boats' and the Big Dipper all vied for your tanner in 1958.

June: Summer days, with the smell of fish and chips and salt water in the air, and the shrieks of excited children at the fairground. Dodgems, 'shuggy boats' and the Big Dipper all vied for your tanner in 1958.

December: Who remembers the numerous Santa's grottos in the town's department stores, thronged with excited children, and their wonderful window displays? This photo, taken in 1962, shows Joplings store with its brightly decorated windows tempting people to step inside.

December: Who remembers the numerous Santa's grottos in the town's department stores, thronged with excited children, and their wonderful window displays? This photo, taken in 1962, shows Joplings store with its brightly decorated windows tempting people to step inside.