WALKING sticks, umbrellas and golf clubs were just some of the weird and wonderful items featuring in a Metro lost property auction.
Crowds flocked to Park Lane station in the city centre yesterday to bid for a collection of bits and bobs – all left behind by commuters.
Tennis rackets, pushchairs, games consoles and guitars also featured in the sale.
Mayor of Sunderland Stuart Porthouse stood as auctioneer for the charity event.
Of all the jumble that was up for bidding, Coun Porthouse was most surprised at the sheer number of walking sticks .
He said: “How can people leave so many walking sticks on the Metro? I wouldn’t have thought they got very far without them.”
Previous lost property auctions held by transport operator Nexus have featured far more weird and wonderful items including a kitchen sink and a stuffed dog affectionately named “Day Rover”.
Over 4,000 items featured in the auction, from watches and jewellery, to games consoles and vinyl CDs.
There was 289 items of brand new clothing, 77 CDs, 62 DVDs, 27 Vinyls, 47 computer games, 29 walking sticks, four golf clubs, five tennis rackets, 76 umbrellas and four pushchairs, up for grabs.
Coun Porthouse said he was “over the moon that the auction has come to Sunderland.”
He said: “All the money raised is going to charities and people within Sunderland.”
Counsellor Porthouse added: “I think it is great that all the monies raised will stay in Sunderland and help support causes which are so close to both my heart and the hearts of so many people here in our city.”
The Mayor himself selected the charities and chose Age UK Sunderland, Action on Dementia Sunderland and the NSPCC Childline Sunderland, to receive the funds.
The auction is set to raise over £1,000. The sale of gold found on the Metro alone has raised over £300 and some lost foreign currency is set to bring in a decent sum.
The Mayor said he was confident the people of the North East won’t mind these lost goods being auctioned off,
“Even if some of the items are from Newcastle,” he added.