It's the news all of Wearside was waiting for. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were fast asleep in the spaceship Eagle after their first day's exertions on the Moon. The third astronaut Michael Collins was taking his own well-earned rest on board the mother ship Columbia high above them.

Moon Landing 50th anniversary: 15 reminders of what was happening in Sunderland on the day Neil Armstrong took 'one small step'

The front page was emblazoned with stories of the ‘Moon Men’

By Chris Cordner
Saturday, 20 July, 2019, 06:00

But while Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were reflecting on one of mankind’s greatest achievements, life went on in Wearside and County Durham.

Everyone, including the Beatles were talking about the men on the moon but it was a great year for the Miners Gala and Sunderland Football Club had just released the fixtures for the coming season. What were you doing that day.

And here, 50 years on from that incredible moment, is our look back at what was happening closer to home in July 1969.

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