SHOPPERS have another few days to catch up with 24 hours in Sunderland.
An exhibition of photos in The Bridges, which was originally due to run for just last weekend, has been extended until Sunday.
The display is the work of photographers Paul Swinney and Andy Martin, who each took 12 pictures to produce a display of one image for every hour of the day.
From charity fund-raisers taking part in the Boxing Day Dip to a lone welder working at Liebherr’s Deptford works in the middle of the night, 24 Hours in Sunderland shows how Wearside works, rests and plays.
Andy and Paul have been overwhelmed by the response to their pictures and are pleased that Bridges bosses have agreed to extend the exhibition until this weekend.
“We have been delighted with the way people have reacted,” said Paul. “The fact the exhibition has been extended for the rest of the week shows the level of interest there has been in it.
“Hopefully we will get people going to Sanctuary at the Minster, coming into town for War Horse at the Empire and taking part in the 10K run and half-marathon over the weekend coming along to have a look.”
For Paul, the most pleasing comments have come from people who are glad to see Sunderland blowing its own trumpet.
“Quite a few people have said there should be more things like this happening in the city,” he said. It’s nice to know we have been a hit with the general public and to feel like we’ve done okay.
“It is great to see the response from the public to the exhibition and to know that people have liked it.”
One Wearsider who was impressed by the show was TV agony aunt Denise Robinson.
“I am really impressed,” she said.
“I hope lots of people take the time to come along and see these pictures, because they are an excellent advert for Sunderland.”