You tell us what makes a Mackem
National Mackem Day arrives in the city tomorrow.
But what makes a proud Mackem?
And what are those special memories, the sights, sounds and smells that can whisk you back to Wearside, no matter where in the world you may be?
Ahead of the big celebration this weekend, we asked what you think makes you a Mackem.
Here are some of your best suggestions for marking the occasion, and what makes you proud to be a Wearsider:
Cheryl Forster is a girl after our own heart: “Joining the Chipper Club in the Echo when you were a kid. I thought I’d really made it when I got my members card and a little badge through the post.”
For Kim Clark, it’s all about the senses: “Loved the smell of the hops from Vaux back in the day going into the town. Maws mince pies and mushy peas .”
Val Lunn will sympathise: “Been south nearly 20 years but still miss the smell of Vaux.”
Moe Craik remembers one of our long-lost shops: “Joplings and the little climbing frame in children’s shoe department and getting lost and having my name announced on the tannoy then getting wrong off mam for following somebody else with a navy coat on.”
Jessica Wilkinson’s memories will strike a chord with an entire generation of Wearsiders: “Going to the leisure centre on a Saturday afternoon for a swim, purposely ignoring the lights when it showed it was time for your coloured band to come out and just pleading ignorance. And grabbing a good spot for when the wave machine came on.”
Mark Birdsall and Ann Wills have fond memories of days and nights out in town.
“Annabel’s or Ku Club,” said Mark, while Ann opted for: “Finos and the Rink.”
Andy Woods recalled : “Going to Woolworths to buy a LP”, while Jean Mitchell Wynd remembered : “C&A, Binns, loved them stores Woolworths, loved to see the big dray horses round Sunderland.”
Claire Foster was all about the joy of returning to Wearside: “Coming home, seeing Penshaw Monument first and getting to arm punch all the losers in the car.”
Hilda Davidson remembered: “The rink and the noise from the shipyards, the smell of hops from Vaux,” while Carole Gallagher recalled : “The dray horses and seagulls.”
And Joe Walker misses “Going to the match at Roker Park in the 50s & 60s.”
Ann Wills and Hilda Davison both have fond memories of the Crowtree Leisure Centre rink
Vaux Brewery and its drays are a popular memory for many.