Magic moments and sad losses - things you'll remember from the 1990s in Sunderland

Pop on some double denim and pick up a Magic Eye picture as we take a trip down memory lane to the 1990s.

By Ross Robertson
Thursday, 28 February, 2019, 08:23
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It was a momentous decade for Sunderland, seeing us become a city, our last pit close, Roker Park make way for the Stadium of Light, Vaux brewing come to an end and the Black Cats make it to the FA Cup Final, among others. Here we take a look at some key moments and magic memories from Sunderland in the Nineties.

This picture was taken at the last game at the stadium. It closed in 1997 to make way for the Stadium of Light
It was the ultimate treat!
Opened in 1987 as Sunderlands newest and most opulent nightclub and brasserie, it soon became THE place to go, and was all the rage throughout the 1990s. It closed in 2002.
It was a great trip out, and many would love to see a permanent ice rink return to Sunderland
After watching the impressive structure take shape on the skyline, the Stadium of Light opened on July 30 1997. The first match saw Sunderland taking on Ajax in a friendly.
A legend in its lifetime and deeply mourned. A version has returned for Sunderland Illuminations, but it is not quite the same
They were all the rage in the 1990s - but could anyone ever really see them? Pictured here at the deeply missed Hills Bookshop in Waterloo Place - with a very 90s bus passing by outside!
He used to cheer or look dismayed depending on the Sunderland score
As if there wasn't enough of a buzz around the opening of the Stadium of Light, without Francis Rossi and chums choppering in to perform before the first game.
Hundreds of people in the city were employed at the clothing manufacturer.

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A wonderful toy shop in Holmeside, which closed in the 1990s, much-loved by kids in the Nineties. Handily right next to Simpsons Bakers, the home of great cakes, as pictured here.
As well as the ice rink, trips to the pool at Crowtree were a treat for families in the 1990s. And can you remember the soft play area too?
Residents of Grenfell and Guernsey Street, Grindon, were among the many taking part in street parties to mark the occasion in 1992.
Once the darling of North East high streets, the Sunderland branch of department store chain founded in our city closed its doors in the 1990s - and is still a big miss today.
Accompanied by Prince Phillip, she unveiled Sunderland's new coat of arms, visited Red House and watched a Vulcan fly-past arriving by train and departing from the Port of Sunderland on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Princess came in both 1990 and 1993, visiting St Columba's Parish Centre in Southwick and St Benedict's Hospice respectively, among other destinations.
The beloved brand, quintessentially Sunderland, was still brewing its beloved beers throughout the 1990s before the sad decision to close in 1999.
It was the place to be in the 1990s, as was Fino's upstairs. Both were taken over in October 2000. The diner is now home to Port of Call.
Could this BE anymore Ninties? The best sports shop in town - where you could be served by champion boxer Billy Hardy - being paid a visit by Rocket from classic 1990s Saturday night TV show Gladiators.
The decade saw the last years of of this once-booming industry, a bitter time for the city. The closure of Wearmouth Colliery removed the last pit from the Durham coalfield and marked the end of a mining tradition stretching back hundreds of years.
Sunderland were very much the underdogs against Liverpool, but did us proud at Wembley despite not being able to replicate 1973's victory. The team were welcomed home with the honour they deserved.