Nissan in Sunderland: A memorable journey through the plant’s past on Wearside

Nissan’s Sunderland plant officially opened in September 1986, following an agreement between the company and the Government to launch a premises in the UK.

By Debra Fox
Monday, 25 March, 2019, 08:50
Pupils from Castleview School learn about a career in the industry in 2003.

We have taken a leisurely drive down memory lane to look back at some of the plant’s first employees, school trips to the floor and behind the scenes at the hard work. See if you can recognise any familiar faces in our photographs.

Behind the scenes at the Nissan canteen in 1987.
Nissan workers in 1991 celebrate the news that the Sunderland-built Primeras are going to Japan.
The first of the Nissan supervisors started work in 1985. Pictured with maintenace supervisor George Mackey, holding the one-eyed "Daruma" doll.
Pupils attend a languages workshop at Nissan Sports Club in 2006.
Players from the 2006 Nissan football team.
Players in the Russell Foster under-12 league in 2007.

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Taking part in Nissan's 2008 Schools Engineering Week.
"Welcome to Nissan" reads the message held by Mr Fuller Osborn, Deputy Chairman of Washington Development Corporation; Councillor Charles Slater, Leader of Sunderland Borough Council; and Councillor Michael Campbell, Leader of Tyne and Wear Council in 1984.
The Nissan Micra is Car of the Year in1992.
Do you recognise these Nissan employees, pictured in 1992?
Balloon artist Ian Lowe with pupils from Broadway and Plains Farm Primary School at a business skills day at Nissan Sports Club in 2007.
Learning about a career in the industry in 2003.