Daleks, engines and automobiles – all part of Sunderland’s Bank Holiday fun

The Durham Light Infantry Museum was the venue for the impressive show of WW2 military vehicles and equipment. Many of those taking part were also dressed in period costume and uniforms to add to the realism. Pictured here with a 1945 Ford military jeep are Pauline Smith, Ian Smith and Pauline Parkins from the Durham and Tees Valley Military Vehicle Trust.
The Durham Light Infantry Museum was the venue for the impressive show of WW2 military vehicles and equipment. Many of those taking part were also dressed in period costume and uniforms to add to the realism. Pictured here with a 1945 Ford military jeep are Pauline Smith, Ian Smith and Pauline Parkins from the Durham and Tees Valley Military Vehicle Trust.
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FROM Daleks to steam engines, military vehicles and a collection of Minis, there was plenty to keep Wearsiders busy during the bank holiday weekend.

Fantasy, sci-fi and more collided at a collectors’ fair at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens at the weekend.

Peter Harrison a volunteer with the Ryhope Engines Museum at their steaming weekend.

Peter Harrison a volunteer with the Ryhope Engines Museum at their steaming weekend.

Visitors were given the chance to snap up comics, toys, trading cards, ephemera and books as part of the out-of-this-world event.

Even full-size Daleks got in on the action and proved to be a big hit with visitors ahead of the new series of Doctor Who, which starts on Saturday.

The Daleks were on hand to collect funds which will go towards the venue’s upkeep.

Things also got steamy at one of the city’s most historically important attractions.

The Durham Light Infantry Museum was the venue for the impressive show of WW2 military vehicles and equipment. Many of those taking part were also dressed in period costume and uniforms to add to the realism. As well as the vehicles, there was lots of other items on display such as this period mess kit.

The Durham Light Infantry Museum was the venue for the impressive show of WW2 military vehicles and equipment. Many of those taking part were also dressed in period costume and uniforms to add to the realism. As well as the vehicles, there was lots of other items on display such as this period mess kit.

Ryhope Engines Museum threw open its doors for the bank holiday weekend to give visitors the chance to see the impressive industrial monument working under steam power.

Highlights included hands-on exhibits to try and a working water wheel.

The Ryhope Pumping Station was constructed by the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company.

The steam engines were in use from 1869 until July 1, 1967, when they were closed down.

The Durham Light Infantry Museum was the venue for the impressive show of WW2 military vehicles and equipment. Many of those taking part were also dressed in period costume and uniforms to add to the realism. Chester-le-Street youngster James Tidd, seven is behind a WW2 Bren Gun with Sgt Chris Ingamells.

The Durham Light Infantry Museum was the venue for the impressive show of WW2 military vehicles and equipment. Many of those taking part were also dressed in period costume and uniforms to add to the realism. Chester-le-Street youngster James Tidd, seven is behind a WW2 Bren Gun with Sgt Chris Ingamells.

The museum is now manned by a dedicated band of volunteers in a bid to preserve this cornerstone of the city’s heritage.

Visitors also flocked to the Durham Light Infantry Museum over the weekend to take a look at the impressive show of Second World War military vehicles and equipment for the 39th North East Military Vehicle Rally.

The display included a 1942 Austin Tilly pick-up – the same model as the vehicle driven by the Queen during the Second World War.

Gillian Robinson, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery manager, said: “The Military Vehicle Rally is always a popular draw over the bank holiday weekend.”

The North East Mini Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special Bank Holiday Weekend Car Show at Seaburn. A clutch of minis in close-up at the car show at Seaburn.

The North East Mini Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special Bank Holiday Weekend Car Show at Seaburn. A clutch of minis in close-up at the car show at Seaburn.

Seaburn was brought to life with a display of classic cars when Washington-based North East Mini Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with car show, Mini Mania. More than 200 enthusiasts and their cars attended.

Chairman Allan Rowe said: “This is a very special occasion with it being our 20th anniversary.”

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Sunderland's Winter Gardens was the venue for a Sci-fi Fair that attracted lots of enthusiasts of the genre. Andrew Lawler, eight, is pictured looking at some of sci-fi items on display.

Sunderland's Winter Gardens was the venue for a Sci-fi Fair that attracted lots of enthusiasts of the genre. Andrew Lawler, eight, is pictured looking at some of sci-fi items on display.

The North East Mini Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special Bank Holiday Weekend Car Show at Seaburn. Some of the vehicles and their owners had travelled far to take part in the show such as Dave Pearson, who drove down in his souped-up 1983 Mini 1293cc from Musselburgh, near Edinburgh.

The North East Mini Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special Bank Holiday Weekend Car Show at Seaburn. Some of the vehicles and their owners had travelled far to take part in the show such as Dave Pearson, who drove down in his souped-up 1983 Mini 1293cc from Musselburgh, near Edinburgh.

There were some wel-known feared characters stalking Sunderland's Winter Gardens at the recent Sci-fi Fair. Kat Dearden, four, Andrew Lawler, eight, Carrie Anne Lawler, five and Keith Lawler were among those who came face to face with Dr Who's nemesis, the Daleks!

There were some wel-known feared characters stalking Sunderland's Winter Gardens at the recent Sci-fi Fair. Kat Dearden, four, Andrew Lawler, eight, Carrie Anne Lawler, five and Keith Lawler were among those who came face to face with Dr Who's nemesis, the Daleks!