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Jolly Girls Christmas Party  December 1982.
Jolly Girls Christmas Party December 1982.
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As Wearside prepares to welcome the New Year with a festive knees-up we today focus on parties of the past.

“The Christmas season has always been a time for letting your hair down - as our old photos show,” said Echo archivist Susan Swinney.

Sunderland's Accident Hospital hosts a Christmas Party in December 1974.

Sunderland's Accident Hospital hosts a Christmas Party in December 1974.

“Indeed, the Jolly Girls Christmas Party in 1982 looks as if it was a right hoot, as does the Houghton Age Concern bash in the same year.”

Other parties featured today include one hosted by Sunderland’s Accident Hospital in 1974 - with a visit by Santa as one of the highlights.

A 1990 festive coffee morning for Castletown residents is included too, as is a party for pensioners hosted by McDonalds in the same year.

“The people of Sunderland certainly know how to celebrate in style, as these photos show. I hope the snaps bring back happy memories,” said Susan.

Houghton Age Concern Christmas Party December 1982.

Houghton Age Concern Christmas Party December 1982.

l Look out tomorrow for more festive archive photos in Wearside Echoes.

Castletown coffee morning Christmas party in December 1990.

Castletown coffee morning Christmas party in December 1990.

The older generation enjoys a bite to eat at a Christmas party hosted by McDonalds in High Street West in December 1990.

The older generation enjoys a bite to eat at a Christmas party hosted by McDonalds in High Street West in December 1990.