BEST OF WEARSIDE: Sunderland history group in the running

George Thompson from South Hylton Local History Society.
George Thompson from South Hylton Local History Society.
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A COMMUNITY group which specialises in history is going strong.

The South Hylton Local History Society aims to protect the village’s history through methods such as an archive of photographs, as well as memorabilia.

Members also discuss their own memories and their interest in family trees.

Now, just 18 years after the group was formed, it has a 100-strong membership and holds meetings every month.

It is a successful organisation which so impressed one member of the public, they put it in the running for a competition.

Chairman George Thompson was delighted when we told him the South Hylton Historic Society was in contention for a Sunderland Echo Best of Wearside Award.

He said: “I am more than chuffed. We are here for the heritage of the village and the knowledge of the village.

“We are here to preserve the history and a lot of work goes into it. To be nominated for this award is great.”

Group events include coffee mornings and a chance to exchange memories, and browse through photographs, or documents.

Members get to look through family history and the group also has its own website.

Around 30 people attend each of the meetings which are held on the third Monday of each month in the Tansy community centre from 7pm.

George admitted: “Family history is particularly fascinating.”

Anyone who would like to know more about the group can contact George on 07986 691129.

In the meantime, the search for more Best of Wearside nominations goes on.

The awards, which are held in association with Gentoo, will culminate in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, November 19.

For now, though, we want you to get in touch with your very own heroes before the closing date for nominations early next month.

•Make your nominations here