Published on June 5, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
‘The soul of the place’
Wearside company Lonely Tower Film & Media, operated by Marie Gardiner and Mark Thorburn, has produced a film – A Passion For Vaux – Sunderland’s Lost Brewery – that captures its almost mythical spirit.
Mark says: “Sunderland built ships and dug coal and the end of Vaux came as a last blow to ‘the old ways’, a last blow to Sunderland’s identity if you like. The beer that came out of Vaux was a part of everyone’s life for 162 years; it crept into pubs at the end of every street and into the soul of the place..”
It was while writing a couple of books, Sunderland Industrial Giant, Recollections of Working Life and Secret Sunderland that Marie Gardiner realised the Vaux story was crucial to the city.
“It quickly became clear that it stirred up a lot of feelings; people really wanted to talk about it,” she says. “We were repeatedly told by those who had connections to Vaux, that the business was different. It wasn’t just a workplace, it wasn’t just a brewery, it was a family.”
*The first public screenings of A Passion for Vaux – Sunderland’s Lost Brewery are at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens on the 20th anniversary of the Vaux closure – July 2 – with more screenings announced soon.
Visit wwww.lonelytower.co.uk for info.