20 years since Vaux: Look inside the Sunderland home packed with brewery memories

This summer will mark 20 years since Sunderland's Vaux brewery closed its doors.

Tuesday, 5th February 2019, 9:14 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 4:35 pm
We have taken a closer look at Peter's collection ahead of an event in the summer.

Ahead of the anniversary, we've taken a closer look at the collection of Peter Heslop, who lives in Ryhope. His home is packed to the rafters with mementos of Vaux's life and legacy on Wearside. In July, much of Peter's collection will go on display at a free event in the city to mark two decades since Vaux closed. Have a sneak peek and take a tour with our photographs.

Peter's home is filled with hundreds of pieces of memorabilia.
He has also got his hands on staff overalls, ashtrays, ties and photographs relating to the brewery's history.

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The collection includes pub signs, trays and beer mats.
The collection is stored in his garage, back garden, conservatory and downstairs toilet.
Peter has spent thousands putting his collection together.
Peter will showcase his collection at an anniversary evening this summer.
It will mark 20 years since the city centre brewery closed in July 1999.
Around 700 jobs were lost when time was called on the brewery's time on Wearside.
He is organising the event along with wife Angelika, daughter Janine and friiend Richard.
The name Vaux itself quickly disappeared with the business becoming Swallow Inns and Restaurants before a takeover by Whitbread Breweries
Vaux was a major employer in Sunderland for almost 200 years before it closed.
Peter started his collection more than a decade after Vaux's closure.
He said: "I bought a Vaux mirror from a charity shop and it just snowballed from there."
Peter told the Echo he buys a lot of his items on the internet - as well as friends and family gifting him things at birthday and Christmas.
Peter continued: "I always liked the beer and then theres the link between Vaux and the football club."
Peter and wife Angelika.
Enthusiasts also offer him memorabilia via the Vaux Breweries Collectables Facebook page he runs with his family and Richard.
The 20th anniversary event is taking place on Friday, July 5 from 7pm.
The event is taking place at The Chesters, in Chester Road, and is free to attend.
Maxim now brews many of Vaux's famous creations.
There will be guest speakers and a variety of beers from Sunderland's Maxim Brewery.
Peter stressed that the even is open to anyone with a love of Vaux.
Maxim announced last year that it would launch 20 beers over 12 months to mark the closure of Vaux.
The company was founded in 1806.
The Vaux site in Sunderland city centre is being developed, with the first building now complete.