23 pictures of Sunderland Illuminations ahead of Saturday's switch on

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As the city prepares to be bathed in lights, we've taken a trip down memory lane.

In the run up to Bonfire Night on November 5, Sunderland will host six weeks of spectacular lighting displays and family entertainment - and the fun starts tomorrow!

Sunderland Illuminations in 1990.

Sunderland Illuminations in 1990.

So before we get down to this year's Sunderland Illuminations, we've taken a trip to the past and found some of our favourite pictures from years gone by.

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With photographs ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s, it's been a very sparkling journey down memory lane.

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