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FAREWELL: The mothers of Chester Road School pupils wave farewell to their children during the mass evacuation of September 1939.
FAREWELL: The mothers of Chester Road School pupils wave farewell to their children during the mass evacuation of September 1939.
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WEARSIDE Echoes readers are invited to take a step back in time – and solve the puzzles behind this latest collection of vintage mystery pictures.

“I am continuing my trawl through the Echo plate glass negative collection, and 
these are the latest I’ve unearthed,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

OLD VIEW: The Sunderand Echo in Bridge Street - date unknown.

OLD VIEW: The Sunderand Echo in Bridge Street - date unknown.

“It is always a delight to come across photos which haven’t seen the light of days for years. It is just a shame that I don’t know more about them.

“Most have been filed away for years with little, or even no, details attached.

“If anyone can put names to faces or places I’d be delighted to hear from them.”

Among today’s collection are photos of Roker Park football ground in the 1940s, the Exchange Building in the 1930s and youngsters being evacuated in 1939.

BYGONE CRAFT: Blacksmiths at work in Easington lane in 1940 - but who are they?

BYGONE CRAFT: Blacksmiths at work in Easington lane in 1940 - but who are they?

Also featured are East End kids on the march for votes during the election of November 1935, as well as the sailing ship Elisabeth in the River Wear in 1935.

“The election day one is absolutely superb – and I can’t recall ever seeing it before. I’d love to get some names for the kids,” said Susan.

“There are some cracking old shots of Durham too, and the mothers waving farewell to their children as they are evacuated from Sunderland is very evocative.”

• Do you have information to share on any of the images? Please email susan.swinney@jpress.co.uk.

BYGONE SCENE: Easington Lane Church and War Memorial in 1940.

BYGONE SCENE: Easington Lane Church and War Memorial in 1940.

THIRTIES SCENE: Deep Water Quay - date unknown.

THIRTIES SCENE: Deep Water Quay - date unknown.

TOP GEAR: A Cleadon motorist pictured in a Bugati. Date and name of motorist unknown.

TOP GEAR: A Cleadon motorist pictured in a Bugati. Date and name of motorist unknown.

HIGH STREET VIEW: The Exchange Building in High Street East - in the 1930s.

HIGH STREET VIEW: The Exchange Building in High Street East - in the 1930s.

STYLISH SCENE: Market Place at Durham - date unknown.

STYLISH SCENE: Market Place at Durham - date unknown.

EYE EYE: Sunderland Eye Infirmary - date unknown.

EYE EYE: Sunderland Eye Infirmary - date unknown.

FOOTY VIEW: Roker Park Football Ground in 1948.

FOOTY VIEW: Roker Park Football Ground in 1948.

VOTES FOR ALL: Election Day in November 1935.

VOTES FOR ALL: Election Day in November 1935.