Expat Barry grew up down the
FORMER SUNDERLAND MAN REMEMBERED FOOTBALL MATCHES AT ROKER PARK AND THE JOPLINGS FIRE .........
A former Sunderland man shared memories of his childhood on Wearside - as he lapped the Australian sunshine.
Barry Clark ,70, was born in East Cross Street, Sunderland in 1947 “round the corner from Gibbons the butcher and Lot’s store on the corner.”
“I can vividly remember Joplings burning down in the middle of the night in the 50’s because the store was just up the road from our house,” he said. The former Hudson Road school pupil lived with his nana for a few years in Clementina Street.
He added: “A group of us boys used to train spot steam locos and travel to Newcastle station.
“We also used to walk across Wearmouth bridge to the football matches at Roker Park.”
The fire at the Joplings store in 1954.