Rare film footage from Sunderland in 1973 captures parade through city's streets

A chance to relive a 1970s parade through Sunderland has been shared with the Echo.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 5:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 6:04 pm

We head back to 1973 for a view of the earliest part of the Wearmouth 1300 celebrations.

Jazz bands can be seen marching through town and we think the Pennywell Toreadors are among them. Are we right and can you identify some of the other bands in the parade?

There are floats as well as the crowds turned out to watch the spectacle.

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Memories of Sunderland's 1300 celebrations in the early 1970s, courtesy of David Wingate and originally recorded by Bob Wingate.
Memories of Sunderland's 1300 celebrations in the early 1970s, courtesy of David Wingate and originally recorded by Bob Wingate.

It was filmed by Bob Wingate whose son David told the Sunderland Echo more. He said the parade was captured for posterity as it passed by their family home.

Bob, who passed away around nine years ago, worked at Saxons before he left to become the manager of the photography department at Binns.

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Who recognises the uniform of this band marching in Sunderland in 1973, provided to us by David Wingate and originally recorded by Bob Wingate.

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A still from the film which was provided to us by David Wingate and originally recorded by his father Bob Wingate.
The Wearmouth Carnival Parade in the 1970s. Remember it?
On parade as part of the Wearmouth 1300 Festival.