How many of these Sunderland Echo April Fools' jokes do you remember?

Everyone loves a good old April Fools' joke, don't they?

Saturday, 31st March 2018, 5:55 pm
Updated Saturday, 31st March 2018, 6:05 pm
Did any of our old April Fools' jokes trick you?

So in honour of this laughable day, April 1, we've taken a look back through the Echo archive to find some of our side-splitting stories from years gone by.

How many of them do you remember?

Did any of our old April Fools' jokes trick you?

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For last year's April Fools' prank, we reported that Sunderland's newest bridge, Northern Spire, was to be painted black and white in a fight-back against rogue drones.

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Some of our other rib-ticklers (and indeed, eye-rollers) from years gone by include reporting that Sunderland was to be absorbed into a new boundary of "Greater Tyneside", a wind turbine-powered car was to be produced in the city and that "Echo man" was to be given a prize place atop Sunderland Empire.

Did any of these April Fools' jokes catch you out? We best start thinking of some inspiration for next year ...

Did any of our old April Fools' jokes trick you?