31 Norfolk Street

It’s not often I get chance to visit my hometown of Sunderland,although I only live around 10 or 12 miles away.I know so much has changed over the years,I decided to visit and have a look at places I spent in my childhood.31 Norfolk street was the home of my grandparents,and my father from his teenage years till his marriage to my mother in 1960.The building looks exactly the same now as it did all those years ago,my childhood “holiday” bedroom being the furthest left top floor of the house and above the front door.I was really surprised to find the attic window still in place which has never changed at all.However Modern architecture has replaced what used to be 2 grassed and tree areas,some of which still exist,which were fenced off by iron railings with a walkway in between.Sadly my grandparents died many years ago,my father too,and to this day I still have his old photo albums of black and white “snaps” taken in the yard to the rear and its basement too.It’s converted to office accomodation now.I sat here fore quite some time thinking of them all and the happy memories of a 1960’s childhood.Again my little Nikon D70s is still performing really well.1/160th F11 iso200 at 35mm.DSC_0014

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Car fire

Always on the lookout for news pictures,sometimes things just happen nearby,when you don’t expect it.I suspect this is a stolen vehicle that had been chased by Police,then abandoned and set on light on grassland to the rear of my home.wreck

Memorial to private Thomas Kenny

In the neighbouring village of Wheatley Hill a memorial stone was recently opened to the memory of Pte Thomas Kenny.He was the first soldier of the Durham Light Infantry to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the first world war,carrying his Lieutenant on his back through no mans land of the trenches of France,after he’d been wounded by a single shot from German lines in thick fog in 1915.The story makes fascinating reading as Pte Kenny was from the village in which I live.He died in 1948 aged 66 years old in Wheatley Hill after returning to his job as a coalminer and is buried in its cemetery.DSC_0001