The best prizes that Sunderland people have ever won at a tombola - and some are wonderful!

Let’s face it. Who doesn’t love spending a pound or two at a tombola?

It’s a great way to spend time and help a worthy local cause as well. But what is the best prize you ever won at one?

We asked Wearside Echoes readers and they came up with some great answers.

Read on to find out more!

We would love your memories on the best and quirkiest prizes you have won at a tombola.

Kenny J Baddeley won a bottle of whisky in a box in 1992 and told us he’s still got it.

Elaine Whitwood also won a spirited prize but there was a twist – she was only nine when she won the sherry!

Elaine explained: “I won a bottle of cream sherry at the church fete while staying at Middleton camp. The teachers took it from me for safe keeping until I got off the trip bus and gave it to my parents.”

Benjamin Taylor won a leg of lamb while Phil Bowden’s prize was a gonk. Who remembers when they were all the craze decades ago?

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The St Luke's garden fete in 1975.

Vince Kelly, meanwhile, got a Skeletor figure. He added: “The nice lady gave me a massive bag of Hot Wheels track and cars too.”

Graeme Collinson remembers winning ‘soap on a string!’

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Elaine Whitwood was only NINE when she won a bottle of cream sherry at the church fete while she was staying at Middleton camp. Elaine said: "The teachers took it from me for safe keeping until I got off the trip bus and gave it to my parents."

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Seaham Hall garden fete in 1974. Anyone for tombola?

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A Sunderland fete in 1974. Have you won any great tombola prizes at a fair on Wearside?
Phil Bowden remembers winning a gonk in a tombola. Have you had a great win at a local fair?