The Blandford Street of old

11 pictures of Sunderland’s Blandford Street in its glory days

It was a must-visit shopping destination, especially for shoppers keen to grab the latest bargains.

But recent years have not been kind to Blandford Street, with shop closures and businesses urging shoppers to use them or lose them. The terrible fire at Peacocks on Wednesday night was another blow to the street. Here we look back at the streets glory days - will we see them again?

Blandford Street in April 1959

1. Spring in the 1950s

Blandford Street in April 1959
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World Cup 1966 Roker Park'World Flags Blandford Street 'The scene in Blandford Street today see Monday July 11 1966

2. During the 1966 World Cup

World Cup 1966 Roker Park'World Flags Blandford Street 'The scene in Blandford Street today see Monday July 11 1966
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Blandford Street  in March 1994.

3. Geordie Jeans in sight

Blandford Street in March 1994.
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Blandford Street May 1961 'Blandford Street, which since the late war had become one of the busiest shopping centres in Sunderland.

4. Taking off after the war

Blandford Street May 1961 'Blandford Street, which since the late war had become one of the busiest shopping centres in Sunderland.
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