Rare archive footage of Sunderland to be shown again due to high demand

Picture: The Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland/PA/PA Archive/PA Images.
Picture: The Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland/PA/PA Archive/PA Images.

Sunderland On Film will be shown for a second time due to high demand.

The repeat of Sunderland on Film takes place at the Hylton Lane Bunny Hill Centre at 7pm on Friday, February 12.

The screening from the North East Film Archive (NEFA) brought the history of the city to life.

It reveals a portrait of Sunderland and surrounding towns, featuring the community and landmark events.

Graham Relton, NEFA Archive Manager, said: “There was such a buzz at the first Sunderland on Film event, we’d love to get a sell out at the repeat.

“The footage is so evocative and we’ve curated the screening to be part entertaining, part informative. We want to make people proud of these collective moments, it’s their ancestors caught on film.”

Sunderland on Film is a portrait of the people of Wearside, from the shipyard workers of Bertram and Sons to the loyal supporters of the Black Cats in 1937 and 1973, as they cheered their team to FA Cup success at Wembley from the pubs, clubs and their living rooms.

The screening features other NEFA titles recently digitised as part of the BFI Britain on Film project, including A Day in Houghton-Le-Spring.

The North East Film Archive, supported by Film Hub North, have brought together a wealth of films including a 1963 Tyne Tees Television newsreel featuring the Empire Theatre, a 1977 famous visitor to the city, and 1980s footage of the Nissan motor plant, to celebrate a vibrant, diverse and sometimes surprising history of vanished landscapes, industries, people at work, and at play.

Tickets cost £2.00 and are available from The Customs House Box office on 0191 454 1234.

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