Wearside Echoes: Your photos of bygone Sunderland

FLOAT FUN: Beauty queens battle it out to be named as Queen of the North East Sun in the 1950s.
FLOAT FUN: Beauty queens battle it out to be named as Queen of the North East Sun in the 1950s.
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WEARSIDERS at work and play are the focus of today’s page.

The photo of Valley Road School’s football team in 1960-61 was provided by David Armstrong, who is among the smiling faces.

UNDER THE ARCHES: The senior boys from James William Street School - better known pupils as Jimmy Willies - pictured in 1949.

UNDER THE ARCHES: The senior boys from James William Street School - better known pupils as Jimmy Willies - pictured in 1949.

“Fifty years ago this was a trophy-winning team – one of the most successful youth teams in Sunderland around that time. Competition was intense,” he recalls.

Brian Miller, of Birtley, sent in the picture of Class III at Fatfield County Boys School in 1950, while Mr R.P. Schonewald provided the James William Street School image.

“I am fourth from right, on the front row,” the Grangetown man recalls. “It shows the senior boys in 1949 and a few have sadly now passed away.”

Also featured is a 1947 shot of the West Park Central School football team, provided by Cyril Easton. “We were on holiday at Middleton Camp at the time,” he said.

TEAM TIME: Kids from West Park Central School on holiday at Middleton Camp in 1947.

TEAM TIME: Kids from West Park Central School on holiday at Middleton Camp in 1947.

Another Middleton photo, also taken in 1947, shows the students of Commercial Road Secondary Modern – although the Tunstall reader who sent it in wishes to remain anonymous.

Washington MBE-winner Bill Craddock provided the beauty queen image, while Mrs E Lantaff submitted two pictures featuring the people of Ryhope.

“One shows Ryhope Co-op FC in 1905 and the other, of a darts team, was taken outside the back door of the Forester’s Arms pub in Ryhope,” she said.

However, the final photo, provided by local historian Bill Hawkins, remains rather a mystery.

SUMMER FUN: Students from Commercial Road Secondary Modern School on holiday at Middleton School Camp in 1947.

SUMMER FUN: Students from Commercial Road Secondary Modern School on holiday at Middleton School Camp in 1947.

“This nice sporty image was brought in at the last meeting of Sunderland Antiquarian Society, and much debate was made over it,” he said.

“We came to the conclusion that it might possibly be Silksworth Colliery Welfare team around the mid 1950s. Judging by the trophies, they were a very successful side.”

ON THE BALL: Young footballers from Valley Road School in 1960-61. Players include S. Jennings. L. Thornton, J. Newton, M. Potts, T. Smith, D. Armstrong, D. Brown, D. Boy, D. Clarke, R. Lister, D. Webster and W. Thornton.

ON THE BALL: Young footballers from Valley Road School in 1960-61. Players include S. Jennings. L. Thornton, J. Newton, M. Potts, T. Smith, D. Armstrong, D. Brown, D. Boy, D. Clarke, R. Lister, D. Webster and W. Thornton.

CLASS ACT: The children of Class III at Fatfield County Boys School in 1950.

CLASS ACT: The children of Class III at Fatfield County Boys School in 1950.

ON TARGET: Members of the winning National Darts Team Championships team, pictured behind the Foresters Arms pub at Ryhope. Included in the line-up are Mr J. Spedding, Mr H. Swansberry, Mr T. Fizzackely, Mr Bosanko, Mr J. Errington, Mr J. Savelle, Mr Archer, Mr Reed, Mr Potts, Mr McAvoy, Mr Holt, Mr K. Dodds and Mr T. Barnes. The landlord and lady were Mr and Mrs T. Errington.

ON TARGET: Members of the winning National Darts Team Championships team, pictured behind the Foresters Arms pub at Ryhope. Included in the line-up are Mr J. Spedding, Mr H. Swansberry, Mr T. Fizzackely, Mr Bosanko, Mr J. Errington, Mr J. Savelle, Mr Archer, Mr Reed, Mr Potts, Mr McAvoy, Mr Holt, Mr K. Dodds and Mr T. Barnes. The landlord and lady were Mr and Mrs T. Errington.

BYGONE DAYS: Ryhope Co-op FC in 1905.

BYGONE DAYS: Ryhope Co-op FC in 1905.

MYSTERY PHOTO: Possibly be Silksworth Colliery Welfare team around the mid 1950s. Judging by the trophies they were a very successful side.

MYSTERY PHOTO: Possibly be Silksworth Colliery Welfare team around the mid 1950s. Judging by the trophies they were a very successful side.