Remembering shopping trips to Joplings as Christmas draws closer

Shopping season is well and truly in full swing as we count down the final weeks to Christmas.

Wednesday, 14th November 2018, 11:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th November 2018, 12:09 pm
The Christmas breakfast at Joplings in December 1985.
The Christmas breakfast at Joplings in December 1985.

It may crop up every year, but one of the shops everyone seems to miss most as December creeps closer is Joplings. Did you always take a trip to see Santa? Visit the toy department for a special treat? Or hit the sales as soon as Boxing Day came around. Take a trip down memory lane with our picture special. •Don’t forget to check out your Echo in print or online on Friday to see a special nostalgia piece on the shops you’d love to see return to Sunderland.

Who remembers asking Santa what they wanted for Christmas on a trip to Joplings?
Checking out what's on offer at the toy fair - did you ever go?

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Was Joplings one of your favourite places to hit the sales?
A good rummage through the Christmas sale in 1975.
The Boxing Day sales are still popular today! Did you queue up in 1997 with this lot?
Teenage band Flintlock disappear under their fans during their appearance at Jopling store in 1978.
Big Phil, from Radio Metro signs autographs after he presented the 14 winners of a Hoover "happy homes" competitions, sponsored by Hoover and Joplings.
Two guests arrived at Joplings store from Flamingo Park Zoo in Yorkshire.
The launch of the new fur department in 1980.
Taking a closer look at the toys in 1978.