But recent years have not been kind to Blandford Street, with shop closures and businesses urging shoppers to use them or lose them. The terrible fire at Peacocks on Wednesday night was another blow to the street. Here we look back at the streets glory days - will we see them again?
Blandford Street in April 1959
World Cup 1966 Roker Park
World Flags Blandford Street The scene in Blandford Street today see Monday July 11 1966
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Blandford Street in March 1994.
Blandford Street May 1961 Blandford Street, which since the late war had become one of the busiest shopping centres in Sunderland.
Blandford Street Sunderland September 1986
Maritime Terrace - going into Blandford Street, December 1981. In sight are Sgt Peppers clothes shop, Melting Pot Indian Restuarant and Greenwoods Men's Shop
Blandford Stree in September 1986
Leadbitters Chemist 31 May 1975
Coronation decorations in Blandford Street May 1937 old ref number 2-187 Hector Grabham G J MIlburn Sunderland Echo Wednesday May 12 1937 shop shopping
Machinists busy in t he workroom of Meltona Fabrics, which was to open a new factory. Friday October 17 1980
J H Collinson - clocks and watch repairer, jeweller J H Collinson, of 30 Blandford Street, Sunderland, was celebrating its 15th anniversary. Harry Collinson is pictured here working on April 25 1996