8 great reminders of Sunderland shops - from Blacketts record bar to Joplings sweet section

Historian Bill Hawkins has gathered a huge collection of iconic Sunderland images over the years.

Sunday, 8th November 2020, 6:00 am
A look inside Blacketts and Joplings is included in this selection.
A look inside Blacketts and Joplings is included in this selection.

But perhaps some of the most recognisable are those which remind us of the great shops of yesteryear.

He has kindly shared images with us of everything from the Blacketts record bar to the Joplings sweet section where you even got your own mini basket to gather your favourite treats.

Who remembers the Blacketts furniture department or the fashion shows at Joplings? We have them all.

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The self-service Sweet Bar at Joplings in John Street. Remember it? Here it is in 1965.

Bill is a member of the Sunderland Antiquarian Society and has shared hundreds of images with the Sunderland Echo.

To find out more about the history of Sunderland, visit the society’s Facebook page or its website at http://www.sunderland-antiquarians.org

If you’ve got shop memories, contact Chris Cordner on [email protected]

Look at the price of the LPs in the Blacketts record bar!
Binns nearing completion before it opened in February 1953 after a 12 year gap in trading when the store was hit by German bombs in April 1941. Photo: Bill Hawkins.
Clarks of Olive Street. Did you get a radio or a television there? Photo: Bill Hawkins.
Burton's, Jackson's, and Farm Stores in this 1965 photo. Picture courtesy of Bill Hawkins.
Back to 1952 when Blacketts dominated the junction of Union Street and High Street. Photo: Bill Hawkins.
It's 1963 and the Blacketts furniture department is in the picture. Did you enjoy a trip to the showroom? Photograph courtesy of local historian Bill Hawkins.
Shoppers in Joplings in December 1958. Does this bring back happy memories? Photo: Bill Hawkins.
The latest style on show at a Joplings fashion show in the early 1970s. Photo: Bill Hawkins.
We hope these scenes brought back great memories. If they did, email [email protected] and tell us more.