Guess the year that all these retro Sunderland photos were taken - and what a year for VIP visits it was!

We had Niall’s Miles, the Queen raising smiles and a pop band arriving in style.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 11:53 am
Niall Quinn with supporters on a Niall's Miles walk before the Liverpool game .... in which year?
Niall Quinn with supporters on a Niall's Miles walk before the Liverpool game .... in which year?

But which year saw all of these things happen in Sunderland?

Were you there when the Queen came to town or one of the biggest boy bands ever graced Wearside?

An American sensation was here and we tried our best to make a difference on the world football stage.

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The Queen arrives at the Stadium of Light Metro station for a Royal visit but when was it?

Take a look through the pictures, see if you can guess the year, and then we will reveal the answer at the end of the photo collection.

Jimmy Osmond is pictured launching the Sunderland Empire's Boogie Nights experience. Can you remember which year it was?
Take That fans in Sunderland for a day to remember. Were you there?
Hoping to win the World Cup bid. Remember when Sunderland joined the campaign to bring the World Cup to England?
They were doing their bit for charity in the Race for Life. Can you remember when?
The Earl of Wessex was in Sunderland in this year to pay a visit to Fulwell Junior School. Does this help you to identify the mystery year?
All the fun of Seaham Carnival. Were you pictured?
The Great North Walk was held at Herrington Country Park in this year.
The year was 2009 but did you get it right? Watch out for more guess-the-year features coming soon.