Sunderland in the Sixties - nine pictures of shops, lights and World Cup memories

It was the decade when stars of the music world came to town.

Thursday, 21st May 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 11:19 am
The giant replica of the 1966 World Cup, World Cup Willie, went on display at the Northern Gas Board's showroom in Fawcett Street. Remember this?
The giant replica of the 1966 World Cup, World Cup Willie, went on display at the Northern Gas Board's showroom in Fawcett Street. Remember this?

And so did the stars of the world’s best football teams as Sunderland got ready to be a World Cup host.

We are talking about Wearside in the mid to late 1960s and here is a look at the shops of the era.

How many do you remember? Take a look and see if these scenes bring back happy memories.

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Sunderland was a blaze of colour in 1966 as the town prepared to welcome teams and fans for the World Cup. Remember when the 1966 shopping scene looked like this?
It's 1967 and Sunderland footballer Bobby Kerr was pictured opening the new "In Time" department for teenagers at Binns store. Are you in the picture?
Plenty of window shopping in this 1967 flashback to the Sea Road shops at Fulwell.
Crowds gathered in huge numbers in Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, to see the Bachelors pop group who were visiting Atkinson's record shop. Were you there in 1967?
Demolition work at Sunderland Central Station masks this view of Lennards shoe shop in 1966.
Taking a look at the Sea Road shops in 1967.
A fire at Shares Store got our photographer's attention in November 1969.
The Christmas illuminations in Fawcett Street in 1967.
What are your memories of Sunderland's shopping scene in the mid to late 1960s? Tell us more by emailing [email protected]