11 landmarks Mackems have loved and lost

Lost stadium - Roker Park.
Lost stadium - Roker Park.
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From fun fairs to swimming pools and breweries to bus stations - scores of Sunderland landmarks have vanished over the years.

The Roker Park Roar is now just a memory, as is the Town Hall, Seaburn’s Big Dipper and the place where everyone used to meet their pals - outside C&A.

Lost shipyards - Laings.

Lost shipyards - Laings.

How many of these 11 lost landmarks would make your “miss list”?

1: Roker Park: Home to Sunderland AFC from 1897 to 1997, before the club moved to the Stadium of Light.

2: Shipyards: Over six centuries of shipbuilding ended in December 1988 after it was confirmed North East Shipbuilders Ltd was to close.

3: Town Hall: It gave a stamp of dignity to Fawcett Street until demolished in 1971.

Meet you at C&A: A long-lost landmark.

Meet you at C&A: A long-lost landmark.

4: Wearmouth Colliery: Once one of the most important pits in the County Durham Coalfield. The last shift in 1993 ended a tradition dating back 800 years.

5: The £75,000 big dipper at Seaburn Fun Fair, which was one and a quarter miles long and 100 feet high when it first opened in 1955.

6: Vaux: More than 160 years of brewing history came to an end when the brewery closed in 1999.

7: Shops such as Binns, Joplings, Blacketts and Liverpool House. And who can forget the cheery arrangement to “Meet you at C&A”?

The �75,000 big dipper at Seaburn Fun Fair, which was one and a quarter miles long and 100 feet high. Pictured in 1955.

The �75,000 big dipper at Seaburn Fun Fair, which was one and a quarter miles long and 100 feet high. Pictured in 1955.

8: Sunderland Airport: Opened as a Royal Flying Corps airfield in 1916. It was purchased by Sunderland Corporation in 1962 and re-opened as Sunderland Airport.

9: The old station: Opened by the North Eastern Railway Company in 1879, it suffered severe bomb damage in World War Two and was rebuilt in 1965.

10: Wheatsheaf Lighthouse: Built in the 1870s by shopkeeper Mr Wills, it was banned from lighting up by port authorities. Demolished in 1970s.

11: Old Winter Gardens: Destroyed by a bombing raid in World War Two.

Not necessarily missed - but a landmark now long gone. The Central Bus Station.

Not necessarily missed - but a landmark now long gone. The Central Bus Station.

** And then, of course, there were Crowtree ice rink, the Royal Infirmary, Seaburn Fountain, Newcastle Road Baths and...Sunderland Central Bus Station.

Sunderland Railway Station October 1938.

Sunderland Railway Station October 1938.

Lost gardens - the original Winter Gardens before they were bombed in World War Two.

Lost gardens - the original Winter Gardens before they were bombed in World War Two.

Lost brewery - Vaux.

Lost brewery - Vaux.

The Wheatsheaf lighthouse - now long gone.

The Wheatsheaf lighthouse - now long gone.

The ice rink at Crowtree Leisure Centre.

The ice rink at Crowtree Leisure Centre.

Sunderland Town Hall in 1954.

Sunderland Town Hall in 1954.