WHAT’S ON: Sunderland Magical Memories of the 1950s, Ryhope Community Centre

Would you like to go back to in time to see and hear Sunderland in the 1950s? This is another of Brian Ibinsons’ films – “Sunderland’s Magical Memories of the 1950s”, you won’t want to miss it.

Come along and join us at Ryhope Heritage Society meeting on 10th October 2023. Doors open 1pm, film starts 1:30pm. Running time approx. 1 hour. Cost £2.00 per person per event.

There’s many photographs and clips of film with the background of the fabulous 1950’s music where we take a look back at the cinemas like The Picture House, The Gaumont, The Royal and even the magnificent Regent at Grangetown.

We also take a look at The Rink that once stood in Park Lane with dancing to Al Flush before Rock & Roll came along and in the mid-fifties with Bill Haley and the Comets.

Who can forget the shops that we all loved and still miss like Hills; The Arcade; Jackie White’s Market and the barrow boys; British Home Stores; Liverpool House and Joplings not forgetting the fire that destroyed the store in December of 1954.

Remembering the roar of Roker Park in the fifties with our football heroes Len Shackleton, Stan Anderson and Charlie Hurley. We also look back at The Empire Theatre where the top stars of the fifties appeared like Tommy Steel, Ruby Murray, David Whitfield, Frankie Vaughan and even Laurel & Hardy.



“Sunderland’s magical Memories of the 1950s” also includes High Street Baths, The Grand Hotel, Fawcett Street, Blandford Street, Mr Teasy Weasy and the hairstyles of the fifties and the Hula Hoop craze that swept Britain.

The film is backed by the fabulous music of the fifties like Sailor, You Are My Special Angel, Cindy Oh Cindy, Here In My Heart, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, Rock Around The Clock, Starry Eyed, Rock & Roll Waltz and much more.

So if you want to see and hear what Sunderland looked like in the fifties come along and join us for a nostalgic afternoon at Ryhope Community Centre on Tuesday 10th October 2023 doors open 1.pm for a 1.30 start. No pre-booking required, just pay at the door.

Ryhope Heritage Society meet once a month on the second Tuesday in Ryhope Community Centre, everyone welcome, cost £2 per person per meeting.

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