Last-minute bid clinches Sunderland Echo sign

The Echo sign from our old Pennywell office has been sold for �1,220 on eBay.
The Echo sign from our old Pennywell office has been sold for �1,220 on eBay.
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An iconic Sunderland landmark is on its way to a new home after being sold to the highest bidder.

The Sunderland Echo sign went up for auction on the internet site Ebay to raise funds for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

In the final seconds of the auction someone placed the 40th and winning bid of £1,220.

For years, the iconic sign on the side of our former home at Pennywell Industrial Estate was a familiar sight for many driving along the A19.

But new owners of the building, Tecaz, decided to auction off both the ‘Sunderland’ sign, which is 10ft 6in at its tallest and about 63ft wide, and the ‘Echo’ logo, which is also 10ft 6in high and about 21ft wide, and donate the money to its chosen charity.

Bids for the signs closed at 7.07pm last night, and 
after standing at £1,120 for several hours, someone won the signs with just seconds to go.

Liz Luff, from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, said the buyer will need a pretty big garden or home to put them in.