Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

Sunderland Local History Fair

Dates: June 2014, June 2012, June 2010, June 2008

Location: The Seaburn Leisure Centre, Sea Front, Sunderland.

The bi-annual Sunderland Local History Fairs are very popular events, attracting visitors from all over the North East and beyond.

The Fairs are usually introduced by John Grundy and opened by the Mayor of Sunderland. John Grundy is very supportive of Local History Fairs and often spends time visiting the numerous stalls and talking to the various group members.

The Fairs open at 10am and end at 4pm with stands by Beamish Museum, Wheatley Hill Heritage Group, the Police History Society, North East War Memorials to mention just a few. This years Fair also featured talks and lectures on a variety of subjects and with free entry this can be a good day out for people of all ages.

The opening speeches with the Mayor of Sunderland (far right) and John Grundy centre.

The North East War Memorials stand with Dorothy Hall.

Here you can research your ancestors war records and final resting places.

The Police History Society stand with Malcolm Smith (centre) - watch out for the hand cuffs!!

Postcards, Maps and Books - plenty here for the collector, with George & Gill Nairn.

Members of Chester-le-Street Heritage Group with L/R Irene,

Thelma, Margaret, Ann, and Peter.

Seaburn Leisure Centre - the venue for the Sunderland Local History Fair.

Beamish Museum staff always make an effort to create a ‘times gone by’ atmosphere, with period dress and some unusual artefacts to get you thinking.