Take a festive trip to Sunderland Christmases past

We're in the final full week of last minute Christmas shopping, when those 'difficult' to buy presents must be decided on and the food for the festive plates over the holiday break is purchased.

Tuesday, 18th December 2018, 1:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th December 2018, 1:08 pm
The festive illuminations on Joplings department store in Sunderland 1962.

With this in mind, today we take a pictorial look at four shopping scenes from the 1960s and 1970s.

A quick delve into the archives shows a image of the Joplings department store, with its array of illuminated Christmas trees making for a wonderful display for early evening shoppers back in John Street in 1962.

The Christmas tree in Maritime Place, Sunderland, back in 1965.

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Also in the Sixties, we have shots of Blandford Street and the Christmas tree in Maritime Place, from 1965.

Finally the picture looking down Fawcett Street, with the old Binns stores showing on the corners, from 1973.

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The festive decorations in Sunderland back in 1973.
Another scene from 1965 shows Christmas in Blandford Street, Sunderland.