Historic pubs celebrated in postcards by renowned sketch artist

Sunderland Heritage Pub Crawl post card

Sunderland Heritage Pub Crawl post card

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HISTORIC pubs in Sunderland have made it into a series of collectable postcards.

Artist Bernie Carroll travels around the country sketching traditional and modern watering holes, transforming his artwork into “pub-crawl” postcards.

Mr Caroll, from Liverpool, said Sunderland has been on his to-do list for years, but he was spurred into action by a Mackem neighbour.

The black and white postcard features pubs from the Victorian Dun Cow in High Street West to the modern Lambton Worm.

However, Mr Carroll knows there are bars in Sunderland which he has missed and urges Wearside drinkers and landlords to get in touch.

He said: “It’s the first one I have done of Sunderland. I realised after I’d done it that there were a lot of pubs that I could have had on.

“I would like to visit them all and need a couple of months to do it, but I will come back up as I know there’s a lot of great pubs up there.”

Mr Carroll, who works as a German and Russian translator, says his series has covered many of the UK’s 40,000 pubs and he visits each one before completing a sketch.

It all began in the mid-1970s when he created his first poster featuring Liverpool pubs.

Mr Carroll uses a fine mapping pen and ink to create his instantly-recognisable posters, many of which end up on the walls of the pubs featured.

Winning his vote in Sunderland was the Victorian interior of the Mountain Daisy in Hylton Road, which is on a list of great British pubs compiled by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Pubs interested in appearing in the postcard series can contact the artist on 07899 918496.

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