Date for annual Sunderland history fair is announced

Sunderland Heritage history fair at The Quayside Exchange. Time Bandits from left Tony Hall and David J. Metcalf
Sunderland Heritage history fair at The Quayside Exchange. Time Bandits from left Tony Hall and David J. Metcalf
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Professional re-enactors the Time Bandits have been on duty to officially launch an annual celebration of Wearside’s past.

This year’s Sunderland History Fair takes place at the Quayside Exchange, in High Street East, and is set to provide a unique opportunity for societies and other organisations involved in history and heritage, to showcase their activities to the public.

We will have an exciting range of stalls covering a variety of interests including local and family history, vintage postcards and military history, plus historic re-enactors, illustrated talks and a guided walk round Sunderland’s Heritage Quarter.

Denise Lovell

Fair co-ordinator Denise Lovell told the Echo: “We will have an exciting range of stalls covering a variety of interests, including local and family history, vintage postcards and military history, plus historic re-enactors, illustrated talks and a guided walk round Sunderland’s Heritage Quarter.

“There will also be a chance to catch a ride on a vintage bus and visit other venues nearby, such as Sunderland Maritime Heritage and the Donnison School.”

The Quayside Exchange was Sunderland’s first purpose-built town hall and opened to the public in May 1814.

Those attending this year’s fair on Saturday, June 4, will be following in the footsteps of famous guests, such as the Duke of Wellington and novelist Sir Walter Scott, who both dined at the then Sunderland Exchange in the early 19th century.

As well as being close to Sunderland’s major public transport links, the new venue has parking nearby, disabled access to every floor and will have a range of food available on the day.

For more information about the fair, email historyfair2016@gmail.com.