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sunset over the river wear.

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I don't think I'll be the only one posting tonight's sky wonder!!

Boat at Sunderland Point. Taken at sunrise. Filters used to help with exposure. Image possibly to be used as part of a college project

Thankyou for looking :-)

sunderland side street, evening glisten

An exceptionally high tide this evening which came to within a few centimetres of the path and road at Sunderland's Fish Quay, from where this photograph was taken. This was the scene as the full-time whistle was blown at the nearby Stadium of Light (Sunderland 0 - West Bromwich Albion 0)!

Sunset from Sunderland East End

Before the English Civil War in 1642, King Charles I bestowed the rights to the East of England coal trade on Newcastle. This had a big impact on Sunderland, which had begun to grow as a coal-trading town. It created resentment toward Newcastle and the monarchy. In March 1644, a Scottish army allied to the king's enemies was stationed here in Sunderland and clashes occurred in the vicinity with Royalist troops under the Marquess of Newcastle who moved against them. The most significant encounter occurred in the Hylton and Boldon areas. Parliament blockaded the River Tyne, crippling the Newcastle coal trade which allowed the Sunderland coal trade to flourish. Because of the difficulty for colliers trying to navigate the shallow waters of the Wear, the coal was loaded onto keels (large boats) and taken downriver to the waiting colliers. The keels were manned by a close-knit group of workers known as 'keelmen'.


In 1719, the parish of Sunderland was carved from the densely populated east end of Bishopwearmouth by the establishment of a new parish church, Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland (today also known as Sunderland Old Parish Church). The three original settlements Wearmouth (Bishopwearmouth, Monkwearmouth and Sunderland) had begun to combine, driven by the success of the port of Sunderland and salt panning and shipbuilding along the banks of the river. Around this time, Sunderland was known as 'Sunderland-near-the-Sea'

I noticed the amazing colour in the sky so I jumped in my car and grabbed this before it disappeared. Handy spot 2 minutes away from my house.

Just caught this sunrise this morning.

Roadside poppies - Southern Radial Route, Hendon.


Exposure, f8 @2 minutes.


I sent you flowers, you wanted chcocolates instead...


The brilliant Red Arrows were back on Wearside this evening to help kick-off this year's airshow. Thousand's of people packed the seafront as they went through their daring displays

Boat at Sunderland Point. Taken at sunrise. Filters used to help with exposure. Image possibly to be used as part of a college project

Sunderland Point marks the north side of the Lune Estuary. The small group of houses are cut off at high tide. To get to the houses beyond this road you have to drive down onto the shingle beach.


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It's a shame that adults can't indulge in such activities on a warm Summer's day. These youngsters were having a fantastic time of it running around the fountains in Sunderland's Keel Square.

Closer to home!

A wide view looking out across the Wear from the Fish Quay, past Wylam Wharf to the left and on to the Halls of Residence of Sunderland University.

Closer to home!

Sunderland Marina North East UK

The river Wear at Croxdale

The view on the River Wear past Wylam Wharf towards the Halls of Residence of Sunderland University. Many of the small boats you can see on the river used to be berthed at the South Dock, but I understand the boat holders were recently asked to move them to the River Wear.

River Wear at Croxdale.

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