And so, to a vintage bus ride around the City of Sunderland. We set off bright and early on Saturday morning. Our chariot for the day a lovingly restored and very cute "1961 Bristol" which used to ferry paying passengers between Leeds and Newcastle via Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
Monkwearmouth Station Museum which is currently showing an exhibtion of 1914 WW1 recruitment posters.
Hylton Castle where we were given a very interesting guided tour and plenty of time to wander about taking photographs.
Washington F Pit museum. One of the oldest coal mines in the area where the winding room has been restored for visitors to look around. It's only open a few times a year so we were lucky to get in and see it. A canny little museum that was worth a look in.
North East Land, Sea and Air Museum, (NELSAM) This is a true gem of a place that I didn't even know existed. It's located next to Nissan on what was the old Sunderland Airport site.
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