Sunday trading plans were up in the air
The whole question of Sunday trading on Wearside was thrown back into the melting pot.
Home Office Minister Timothy Raison said the government wanted to see no more prosecutions against shopkeepers who open on a Sunday,
He said that, although the revision of the Shops Act was not included in the list of proposals outlined in the Queens Speech, the Government would provide drafting assistance for any MP who wanted to sponsor legislation through Parliament which would result in the repeal of the 1950 act.
The people of Sunderland gave a general thumbs-up to Sunday trading although some came with reservations.
Michael and Rosemary Williams, from Fulwell, welcomed legislation which would allow the move and said it was a very good idea, especially as Mr Williams worked shifts.
Bus driver Lawrence Smith said he had sympathy for any of the staff who would have to work the extra shifts and said he thought the shops should stay closed.
But Jane Mosley suggested some shops should stay open but not the big stores.
The 4th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery parading its colours through the centre of Sunderland.