Your favourite photographs

Today we unveil the Echo's new 2008 nostalgia calendars for Seaham and Sunderland – as voted for by you.

Readers by the dozen sent in requests for their favourite old photos to be included, following an appeal for help in June.

"We were absolutely amazed and delighted by the reaction," said the Echo's photographic archivist Susan Swinney.

"There are obviously a great many readers, of all ages, who really enjoy seeing our nostalgic old photos in The Echo."

Among the Sunderland snaps to receive the most votes was a picture of circus elephants arriving in town in the 1950s. Silksworth Row Railway in 1952 and young evacuees leaving Wearside in 1939 were also popular choices.

Over in Seaham, it was mines, farming, people portraits and dock photos which polled the majority of requests.

"Our calendars were hugely popular last year and we wanted to keep to the same winning formula," said Susan.

"That's why we asked readers to help out with their own photo requests, so we could tell what people really wanted."

All of the nostalgic photos included in the calendars were taken by Echo photographers between the 1930s and 1980s.

Most feature long-gone scenes or industries, including Seaham Colliery, Doxford's shipyard and Holey Rock.

But there are a few quirky offerings too, like the leap-frogging ladies of Seaham Amateur Operatic Society.

"I have tried to include a selection of different scenes in the calendars, ranging from people to old buildings," said Susan.

"What I am really aiming to do is bring back nostalgic memories for people each time they turn to a new month."

The calendars are now on sale at Echo outlets, including Pennywell, High Street West and Seaham, priced at 3.99.

Echo editor Rob Lawson said: "I'm sure readers both young and old will enjoy reliving our proud history. The wonderful old pictures are incredibly evocative of bygone times and are sure to bring a smile to your face."

Win a calendar

* We have 10 calendars to give away, five for Seaham and five for Sunderland. Just answer the question below to be in with a chance of winning:

In which year were thousands of Wearside youngsters evacuated to the country for their own safety?

Send your answer, together with choice of calendar, to: Sarah Stoner, Calendar Competition, Sunderland Echo, Pennywell, Sunderland, SR7 7EF.