Ex­pat Barry grew up down the

FOR­MER SUN­DER­LAND MAN RE­MEM­BERED FOOTBALL MATCHES AT ROKER PARK AND THE JOPLINGS FIRE .........

Sunderland Echo - - Features -

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.

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