Our weekly journey back through the Echo photo archives travels nearly half a century today.
We are looking back at images which were making the news locally in August 1971.
As our main picture suggests, it was a time of change across town the "modern" Civic Centre gradually taking shape to replace the demolished Town Hall.
Have things changed for the better? We'll leave that one for you to decide.
Further details about all our pictures are contained in Saturday's Sunderland Echo.
Copies of all our pictures can be purchased here.