Smile! Here's a reminder of Sunderland from 1983

Brownies, ice skaters, tidy youngsters and children with superb dental hygiene.

By Chris Cordner
Wednesday, 19 June, 2019, 17:21
These four and five-year-olds from Dame Dorothy Primary School in Sunderland showed how tidy they were in a 1983 project. They made a collage which they called 'Only Beautiful Things Grow In Our Garden'. Then they entered it in the Tyne and Wear County Council Keep Britain Tidy competition - and won! They were victors in the group school section for five to seven-year-olds.

They all made the pages of the Sunderland Echo in 1983 and here’s a round-up of the great deeds they were doing 36 years ago.

If any of this brings back memories, email chris.cordner@jpimedia.co.uk.

Mill Hill Primary School summer fair looks like it was great fun in 1982. Here's teachers Sally Milne and Gillian Hedley spinning the wheel of fortune with some of the children looking on. If you have memories of this, email chris.cordner@jpimedia.co.uk.
Space was the theme when the Brownies of Sunderland South Division held their annual Brownie Revels at Hendon Hill Playing Fields. Here are Nina Erevik, left, Victoria Watson, centre, and Joanne Gilbertson having fun with plenty of bounce included.They were among many Brownies who turned up in space themed costumes. Remember this? Share your memories by emailing chris.cordner@jpimedia.co.uk.

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What a tremendous fundraising effort it was by the pupils of form 3D2 at Thornhill School in 1983. Thirty of them held a sponsored skip to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund and they raised 72. Were you one of the students who did so well for charity? Get in touch and tell us more by emailing chris.cordner@jpimedia.co.uk.
So many different outfit! These children were dressed up for the Seaham Eastlea Community Centre playgroups Mother and Toddler group open day 36 years ago. The open day was itself part of the centre's Community Fortnight initiative. Remember it? And do you recognise any of the youngsters? Email chris.cordner@jpimedia.co.uk.
These four were sensations on the ice 36 years ago. They were all members of Sunderland Ice Skating Club which took honours in the Haig Oundjian National Novice Free Skating Competitions which were held at the Queens Ice Club in London. Pictured are the young skating stars, from left to right, Gina Fulton, Tristan Bradshaw, Elizabeth Hall and Nicola Gregory. Remember this? Email chris.cordner@jpimedia.co.uk with your memories.
No wonder these youngsters were beaming. They were all from Springwell Junior School which won first prize in a Sunderland schools dental health competition in 1983. The honour went to a class of second and third year pupils and 33 of them were involved. They had spent two months learning all about teeth, dental care, hygiene and the work of dentists. Pictured is the district officer for Sunderland Kenneth Nicholas with the pupils who won the Sunderland Dental Health Education Shield.