How Sunderland has marked Easter over the years

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Today is Easter Monday – the Christian festival and holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the third day of burial after his crucifixion.

So this week we have gone back into our archives and have brought out a varied selection of Easter festival pictures.

Penshaw Hill Egg Roll.  March 25 1989  old ref number 68108

Penshaw Hill Egg Roll. March 25 1989 old ref number 68108

We have photographs of the Good Friday service in Borough Road, as well as the raising of the cross on top of Tunstall Hill, which has been a Good Friday event in Sunderland for more than 50 years.

And don’t forget the children rolling their eggs down Penshaw Hill, being ‘egged on’ by their parents.

Are you one of children having fun at the fair over Easter?

We also have a picture of an ‘egg jarping’ winner of St Benet’s RC School, Jessica Hall. Egg jarping is a game played traditionally at Easter. One person holds a hard boiled egg and taps their opponent’s egg with theirs with the intention of breaking the other’s egg but not their own.

Billy Beaver Egg Roll - Penshaw Hill  14 April 1992 old ref number  10158

Billy Beaver Egg Roll - Penshaw Hill 14 April 1992 old ref number 10158

What do you remember about Easter in Sunderland?

Email your memories to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk

11/04/2003 
JESSICA HALL OF ST BENETS RC SCHOOL, ROKER WINNER OF THE SCHOOL EASTER EGG JARPING CONTEST

11/04/2003 JESSICA HALL OF ST BENETS RC SCHOOL, ROKER WINNER OF THE SCHOOL EASTER EGG JARPING CONTEST

Seaburn  Fun Fair  - Easter Good Friday April 1981  old ref number 247

Seaburn Fun Fair - Easter Good Friday April 1981 old ref number 247

Seaburn Fun Fair  Good Friday Easter April 1981

Seaburn Fun Fair Good Friday Easter April 1981