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Sunderland's Landmarks To Light Up In Honour Of Captain Sir Tom Moore
Landmarks across Sunderland will be lit up tonight in honour of national hero, Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death with Covid-19 yesterday.Captain Sir Tom set out in April to raise £1,000 for health service charities by walking 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday and went...
English place names were invented by J.R.R. Tolkein for use in bedtime stories for his children, or so I was taught in history class at school. It turns out that I had, in fact, slept through school and dreamed most of my education. The study of place names is...
Elephant Tea Rooms
One of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings is not only undergoing renovation – it is about to enter the 21st century by being the star of a podcast.The Elephant Tea Rooms are being restored by Sunderland City Council. The council plan to renovate the ground and first floors so the...
Marion Phillips
Sunderland’s first female MP has had a blue plaque unveiled in her honour.Marion Phillips – a Labour politician and social activist – held her Sunderland seat from 1929 to 1931.As well as representing the north east at Westminster, Phillips was a feminist who campaigned to educate women, encouraging them...
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Sunderland residents will soon have the chance to learn about the north east’s fascinating, complex and often radical political history.The Tyne-and-Wear section of Heritage Open Days – which is England’s largest free festival of history and culture – will open today (Friday 13th September) and last until Sunday September...
Town Park
Renovation work is underway on Sunderland’s historic Minster Churchyard and the nearby Town Park.The works are part of a project to revitalise the city’s Minster Quarter, entitled the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme.This scheme is backed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sunderland City Council. £700,000 will be invested...
Empire and Dunn Cow
Two historic Sunderland pubs are due to be renovated – thanks to the National Lottery.The pubs – the grade-II-listed Peacock and the Dun Cow – lie in the city’s heritage-filled Minster Quarter.The renovation of the pubs is part of the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme, which is regenerating that whole...
Miners' Picnic
A community picnic and programme of entertainment in Usworth Park on Saturday 3rd August will celebrate Washington’s mining heritage.The Miners’ Picnic will mark the 45th anniversary of the closure of Usworth Colliery. The mine, which opened in 1845, had 1,785 employees at its peak in 1921.During its 129-year history,...
US flag
The idea of the Stars and Stripes flag fluttering in Washington on the Fourth of July may not sound unusual, but yesterday the Star-Spangled Banner was also flying over Washington, Wearside.Washington was the ancestral home of the first American president George Washington (1732-1799) and yesterday (4th July) the mayor...
Holy Trinity Church in the East End of Sunderland will be undergoing extensive restoration work over the next 12 months. An event to promote the conservation efforts of local community groups and trusts will be held on Saturday 6th July and aims to raise awareness of Sunderland's rich history.The Canny...

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