NOSTALGIA writer Sarah Stoner today delves into the Echo archives once again for the latest batch of bygone snaps in our Mystery Mondays series.
Mystery surrounds this treasure trove of vintage photos – many featuring dock scenes, city views and war heroes.
A march by Durham Light Infantry troops after being granted the Freedom of Sunderland, Dykeland Road Drill Hall soldiers and a DLI Colour Presentation are among the images.
Shots of Dykelands Road under construction in 1936, students at Lumley Castle in 1947 and the opening of Corporation Quay in 1934 by Sir John Priestman are also featured.
“This is the latest batch of fantastic images I’ve unearthed from our old glass negatives,” said Echo archivist Susan Swinney.
“But, sadly, very few have names, dates or places.
“Each time I dip into the archives I find new treasures. Digitising each one helps preserve them for the future – but I’d very much like to gather further information on the images too.”
Other shots featured today include an undated scene of bygone Durham, as well as the South Docks entrance in 1948 and an aerial view of Roker – possibly from the 1930s.
A mystery circus and the first ship to be coal bunkered at Sunderland – SS Browning – are pictured too.
“The construction of Dykelands Road is one of my favourites, as is the Durham scene.
“The one of the DLI soldiers marching is facinating too – I just wish I knew the date,” said Susan.
“The images of the opening of Corporation Quay in 1934 are stunning too, of course, as they are part of Sunderland’s rich history - as are the lovely dockyard and shipping scenes.”
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