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Canny Old Sunderland

Articles include Votes for Women, The Ferry, Mowbray Park and Roker & Seaburn. Features include local delicacies – iron ore boats, willicks and black pudding, local employers – Jopling’s, Doxford’s, Steels, Coles and Joshua Wilson. A4 128 pages.

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Canny Old Sunderland Revisited

by Alan Brett

Articles include Spelter Works Road – Castles, Industry & Illegal Betting; Judgement at Nuremberg – a Wearsider who gave evidence at the war trials; The Pools War of 1936 – an attempt to stop football betting and Frying Tonight – the town’s love of fish and chips. Discover the Sunderland connection with George Orwell’s classic novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’; how there were peace protests in town against the Boer War; how a local lass became a Tiller Girl and why a 64-year-old zither player was a hit at the Rink in 1950.

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Characters of Hendon and the East End Volume Two

A popular follow up to the first volume with new characters featured including pub landlord Tommy Little, boxer Tommy Conroy, removal firm the Magog family and the fruiterers the Thoburn family. There are also articles on Hendon Board School, Rock and Roll Days, Corner Shops and Cobblestone Kids. A4 96 pages.

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Glimpses of Old Sunderland

by Billy Dent

Glimpses of Old Sunderland contains over 200 illustrations from the collection of Billy Dent. The book includes old picture postcards, archive images, adverts and memorabilia that recall well-known Sunderland names such as Vaux brewery, Arrowsmith’s booksellers, Blacketts Store, Bede Grammar School and the shipyards of Robert Thompson, Doxford and JL Thompson. Some of the places included in the book are Mackies Corner, Holey Rock, Roker Park, Mowbray Park, Roker Pier, Victoria Hall and Seaburn Fair.

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Islands of England – North East and Yorkshire

By Geoffrey Berriman

This book, which is the first in a series of six about the islands of England, covers islands in the North East and Yorkshire. The author has travelled widely to visit or see and also research into the history of many different types of island; mention is therefore made of inland islands as well as coastal islands. Some former islands, which have now disappeared, are also included.

The book is well illustrated with photographs and both modern and historic maps.

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North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s

Remember the days when Monday was always wash day, tin baths in front of the fire and knitted bathing suits on the beach in a new book by local author Andrew Clark.

‘North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s’ recalls life at home when the washing was done in a poss tub; the wireless was the main form of entertainment; every community had a cinema and a holiday would be a trip to the seaside.

With over 120 old photographs there are also memories of Christmas, childhood games, schooldays, rationing, local dance halls, early television and going to the match.

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North East Life in the 1970s

By Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

‘North East Life in the 1970s’ features many local events, people and stories. The music scene had artists such as Geordie, Lindisfarne, Alan Price, Bryan Ferry and Sting. On television people enjoyed Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads and When The Boat Comes In. The region’s industrial past is recalled with shipbuilding and mining as well as industrial action that led to power cuts. Flares and other 70s fashions are remembered. There were also the memorable cup runs of our football teams – Sunderland, Newcastle and Blyth Spartans.

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North East Life in the 1980s

by Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

In ‘North East Life in the 1980s’ the authors share their memories of fashions; early computers and video recorders; popular toys and games; happy times at Metroland; first holidays abroad and concerts at Newcastle City Hall. The decade saw many new developments in the region such as the opening of the Metro transport system, the MetroCentre and Nissan’s car factory. Also featured in the book is the music of the 1980s as well as television shows and films set in the North East such as the hugely popular TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. There were also many other days to remember such as the Tuxedo Princess floating nightclub coming to the Tyne and the biggest musicians in the world playing at St James’ Park, Roker Park and Gateshead Stadium.

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On The Banks of the Wear

By Alan Brett

People have lived, worked and played on the banks of the Wear for centuries and this book features some of those who’s stories have not been told before. Shipbuilding played an important part in the early development of the town and the 2018 Tall Ships Race in Sunderland allows people the opportunity to see examples of the type of early vessels built on the Wear. Every ship built in Sunderland had a tale to tell. These included famous vessels such as the Torrens and City of Adelaide but some of the lesser known ships often had a more unusual story. As well as stories of Wear built ships, the book also features the people who worked by the river, famous visitors to Sunderland and memories of its football club.

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Pit Ponies

by Mike Kirkup

Pit ponies were a faithful companion to the men who worked in the coal mines of Northumberland and Durham. Former Ashington miner Mike Kirkup tells the story of these ponies with over 100 illustrations and many local mining memories. Also included is a brief history of the industry that once dominated the region.

Featured are stories of the training of pit ponies and the lads who worked with them; the ponies at shows and races; the dangers that men and the ponies faced; and finally the day when horse power came to an end when the last pit pony left Ellington Colliery in 1994.

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Sunderland – A History of The Lads

The story of Sunderland AFC from its formation in 1879 by a group of schoolteachers to life in the Premiership; from the ‘Team of All The Talents’ to the ‘Bank of England Club’; Charlie Thomson to Charlie Buchan and Raich Carter to Len Shackleton. A4 128 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Five

Features shipbuilding on the Wear, favourite local cinemas, Sunderland’s links with Dr Who,

Suffragettes and the rivalry between the Black Cats and Newcastle United. These and many more stories of Sunderland at Work and Play are illustrated with over 300 pictures. A4 96 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Four

Features the First World War, memories of Christmas Past, old pubs, shipbuilding, football supporters, glassmakers, shops of yesteryear, the changing face of Sunderland, life in the workhouse and hard times. A4 96 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume One

Working life at Vaux Brewery, the Co-op and other shops and life in the Forces are some of the stories featured. While bingo, going to the pictures, horse racing and football are a few of the sports and pastimes included in the first of the Work & Play series of books. A4 112 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Three

Features Dancing at the Rink, Shipbuilding, Sunderland’s Version of Saving Private Ryan, Barbary Coast, Blacketts, Brian Mills, Hendon Road, Fishermen & Fish Shops, Joplings and Spivs, Spam & Snoek. A4 96 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Two

A special Olympic edition featuring local connections with Games from Athens 1896 to London 2012. These include articles on tennis silver medallist Helen Aitchison, athlete Steve Cram, boxer Tony Jeffries and the day the Olympic Torch came to Sunderland. A4 112 pages.

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Sunderland in the Sixties Revisited

By Alan Brett & Philip Curtis

Revisit Sunderland in the 1960s with articles on Sandie Shaw, Dr Who, Alan Price, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, fashion boutiques, Action Man and Sindy Dolls, as well as favourite TV shows and popular films of the decade. Over 250 illustrations.

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Sunderland in the swinging Sixties

by Alan Brett & Philip Curtis

Remember the memorable decade of the 1960s with articles on the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Cathy McGowan, bubble cars, fashion, coffee bars & night clubs and the summer when the World Cup came to Sunderland. Over 250 illustrations.

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Sunderland Public Houses

Over 350 photographs, illustrations and maps of pubs in the Town Centre, East End, Hendon, Pallion, Millfield and Monkwearmouth. Including old favourites the Three Crowns, Bridge End Vaults, George & Dragon, Half Moon, Old Twenty Nine, Burlington Inn, Red Lion, Masons Arms and Continental. A4 68 pages.

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Sunderland Tramways to Busways

From horse-drawn trams to the bus fleets of the 21st century the story of the town’s public transport system is told. A major part of the book features the men and women who worked on Sunderland Corporation Transport in the last century. A4 48 pages.

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Sunderland, Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth

The three old townships that make up much of modern day Sunderland reveal a long and rich history. The part they played in naval engagements from Trafalgar to Jutland and Zeebrugge to St Nazaire are just one of the features covered in the book. A4 112 pages.

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The Lads in the Sixties

Sunderland’s rollercoaster ride in the 1960s – from heartbreaking near misses to finally clinching promotion to relegation again at the end of the decade. Star players featured include Charlie Hurley, George Herd, Jimmy Montgomery, Jim Baxter and Colin Todd. A4 80 pages.

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The Victoria Hall Disaster

The tragic story of how 183 children lost their lives on a Saturday afternoon in Sunderland in 1883. The author’s painstaking research using eyewitness accounts and inquest statements reveals exactly what happened on that fateful day. A4 40 pages.

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