LOOK: 10 more AMAZING photos of old Sunderland in colour

A very rare shot of Sunderland's old Central Station in the 1960s.
A very rare shot of Sunderland's old Central Station in the 1960s.
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Today we fire up the projector and take a second look at one Wearside man’s unique photographic collection.

Tax office worker Russell Pyburn documented the changing face of Sunderland from the 1960s to the 1980s on colour slides.

A very rare colour photo of Sunderland Town Hall, with Binns next door to the left.

A very rare colour photo of Sunderland Town Hall, with Binns next door to the left.

But his snaps remained shut away in boxes after his death – until his grandson shared the amazing images with the Echo.

“I thought it would be lovely to see a few of my grandfather’s slides printed, as photography was his major hobby,” said David Smith.

Russell first took up photography in the 1930s, but the outbreak of war saw him put away his camera and join the RAF.

He returned to his hobby, however, once war ended – joining Sunderland Photographic Club and exhibiting at local art galleries.

The launch of the British Cavalier at Joseph L Thompson & Sons North Sands shipyard on June 19, 1962. It was the biggest vessel built on the River Wear at the time.

The launch of the British Cavalier at Joseph L Thompson & Sons North Sands shipyard on June 19, 1962. It was the biggest vessel built on the River Wear at the time.

“My grandfather spent most of his free time walking the Sunderland area, photographing people, culture and industrial areas,” said David.

“I find his photos fascinating, and hope readers do too.”

** Russell died in Durham in 2007, at the age of 85.

A stockpile of wood pictured on the banks of the Wear in the 1980s.

A stockpile of wood pictured on the banks of the Wear in the 1980s.

Meet you at the phone boxes... A line of iconic red boxes once stood outside the Post Office in West Sunniside - and were a popular meeting point.

Meet you at the phone boxes... A line of iconic red boxes once stood outside the Post Office in West Sunniside - and were a popular meeting point.

The Vishva Parag on the Wear.

The Vishva Parag on the Wear.

The Sunderland to Shields bus on Wearmouth Bridge - which was briefly painted red and white in the 1980s.

The Sunderland to Shields bus on Wearmouth Bridge - which was briefly painted red and white in the 1980s.

Crowtree Road - featuring The Red Shop and Tates Radio - in the late 1960s. The new "space age" town can be seen rising above the old shops.

Crowtree Road - featuring The Red Shop and Tates Radio - in the late 1960s. The new "space age" town can be seen rising above the old shops.

Builders at work outside Sunderland's old Central Station. Halfords, which can be seen in the distance, is today Santander.

Builders at work outside Sunderland's old Central Station. Halfords, which can be seen in the distance, is today Santander.

Sunderland's grand old buildings are revealed by work on rebuilding the Central Station in the 1960s.

Sunderland's grand old buildings are revealed by work on rebuilding the Central Station in the 1960s.

The transformation of Sunderland's Central Station in thje 1960s, when the railway arches were replaced by a "box style".

The transformation of Sunderland's Central Station in thje 1960s, when the railway arches were replaced by a "box style".