Sunderland was once the biggest shipbuilding town in the world but, on December 7, 1988, the death knell sounded for the last Wear shipyards. Today marks the 30th anniversary.
Generations of shipyard workers, including my father Harold, produced tens of thousands of vessels. Our great ships, and the locally produced goods they carried, became globally famous.
Although the Wear today stands almost silent, our heritage will never be forgotten.