From twirly home-made batons to parading on the school field - Echo readers loved our story on jazz bands down the years.
A fantastic 54,000 of you spotted it on our Facebook page with 16,000 of you dipping into the story to find out more.
And just as wonderful are the 200 of you who took the time to share your memories of those heady jazz band days.
So here’s a look at some of your personal highlights and a reminder of the jazz bands which graced our area down the years.
And if you want to add even more comments, feel free to get in touch and share your old photos.
We loved the comment of Bernadette Cummings who said: “My grandma made me a twirly stick out of a broom handle and a domestos bottle sprayed silver...I loved it haha.”
My grandma made me a twirly stick out of a broom handle and a domestos bottle sprayed silver...I loved it hahaBernadette Cummings
Christopher Mackey loved the jazz band story but remembered those good old days for different reasons and said a jazz band played next door to his mam n dad’s house - adding: “woke me up every sat morning in hylton castle.”
Here’s some of your other comments;
l Diane Eastick “I was in Pennywell Toriadors. Loved it! We got to go all over the north east and beyond. Loved singing on the bus wherever we went.”
l Kaylee Jo Ranft “When I was younger staying at my Nannas I remember them parading up and down the street some weekends in the Summer : Used to hear them coming and stand at her gate to watch :”
l Margaret Pickersgill “I was in the houghton legionaires then they changed to the hotonians i was in it for years that was the good old days bring them back”
l Lynn Morton “I remember Silksworth Skyliners they were orange and white”.
l Julie Francis “Yes when I was young that was my life loved them they should be brought back Humber land husars Thorney close loved every minute kids don’t know what they are missing out on.”
l Marion Davison “I moved to the north east in 1968 and saw a lot of jazz bands I always enjoyed them. We didn’t really have jazz bands in the south.”
l Gillian Ward “I as in the sunderland juvinilles loved it, remember going to the coblers at the big shops to buy duraglit for kazoo.”
Thanks to those mentioned and to the dozens more who contributed.
And here’s the jazz bands you all remember. Have we missed any? fill in the blanks if we have.
East End Jazz Band.
East End Grenadiers.
Town End Farm.
Hylton Castle Guards.
Murton Coldstream Guards.
Horden Blue Stars.
Easington Tip Toppers.
Hetton Silver Dollars.
Gilley Law Cavaliers.
Coxhoe Rising Stars.
South Hetton Royal Scots.
Hill View Serenaders.