Once there was a fountain there
The sea front in Sunderland is superb , if you don't get to go anywhere else visit the coast stretching some 10km north of the mouth of the river Wear and a few albeit not so spectacular south. The picture shows the now grassed over Seaburn fountain, which proved very popular ,too popular in fact because every now and then someone would drop a packet of washing powder into it and it would foam all over BOTH sides of the road(very dangerous).So they tried putting an -anti foaming- agent in it ,however it didn't work so it was eventually grassed over what a shame as it was very pretty
I'm here for almost every home game and have been for the last 25 years (including our previous stadium).
This shot is from the match against local deadly rivals Newcastle in 2000. After being 2-0 down we came back to draw 2-2 and salvage local pride, for that year at least.
I'm in the picture there somewhere ;-)
What Can I say ?
Well......it's on the North East Coast of England. It's cold a lot of the time, and we're not too far away from Scotland! I've lived here all my life, apart from about from a break of 8 years , but that was only to move about 7 miles away! Sunderland was principally a mining town, but that has all gone now. IT is the new business around here, and we used to hold the title of largest town in Britain, but we then became a City in 1992. Quite a big University which has a large population of foreign students.
Sunderland international air show
Sunderland international air show is the largest FREE airshow in Europe held over 2 days last year it attracted over 1,000,000 yes one million visitors!It is held on the third weekend in july when normally temperatures are very favourable and has been running for about 12 years now,but don't think that it is only about aeroplanes because there is so much more to do and see ,there is the funfair sight in its doorstep for a welcome break,quad bikes for the young boys and girls, aircraft simulators stalls selling t-shirts ,soveneirs all the hot-dogs you can eat or bring you own pic-nic and grab a spot on the grass,beach or anywhere you can really .Oh and did i mention how many pubs there are around here!
some of the 2003 crowd on the beach
"RAF parachute display team"
RAF parachute display team
"RAF parachute display team"
Here is a couple of the RAF parachute display team dropping into the show with pinpoint accuracy from 10,000 feet they landed right on the spot .
No he actually was flying upside down i havent rotated the pic 180'
When the aircraft get just that bit too much, check out the quaddies for the kids the queue was bigger than that for the free beer(only joking) these were situated on the grassed area opposite the pulman lodge
or give it a whirl on the fair theres loads here to keep everyone entertained young and old alike.
And here is a pic of the 2006 crowd