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An extra £460,000 is set to be invested in making Sunderland a cleaner and greener city. Sunderland City Council plan to use this cash to put more environmental officers on the ground, bring in specialist cleaning equipment, and do more to enforce litter laws and tackle problems with waste...
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Fit and healthy family half-term fun is heading to Sunderland. On 21st February an indoor sports festival will take place in the Beacon of Light – the building next to Sunderland Aquatic Centre and opposite the Stadium of Light. From 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm, the...
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Some of the brightest young hopes for the future of international tennis will be competing in Sunderland this weekend. The Tennis Winter Cup will kick off today (8th February) at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre and will continue until Sunday afternoon (10th February).
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A lottery-funded project has been working with Sunderland schools and young people to create a stunning wildflower meadow on a neglected brownfield site. The project – Lost Landscapes and Learning – has revitalised Galley’s Gill, a site close to Sunderland City Centre. As well as improving...
Sunderland Blue Plaque
Did you know that at least 78 blue plaques can be found in Sunderland? Blue plaques are permanent notices that commemorate influential people, landmark events or important buildings associated with a particular area. A new online map can now be accessed on Sunderland...
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Two events will be taking place in Sunderland to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January). On Friday 25th January at 10.00 a.m., the mayor of Sunderland – Cllr Linda Scanlan – will open a two-day exhibition dedicated to the life and legacy of Anne Frank.
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Sunderland’s historic Hylton Castle is preparing to open its doors later this year – all thanks to a lot of hard work behind the scenes, much of it by local volunteers. In 2016, a £4.2-million project began to transform Hylton Castle – a fortress dating back to the...
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Owners of long-term empty properties may face enormous increases in council tax. Sunderland City Council is considering asking owners of homes left empty for two years or longer to pay more. The council’s cabinet will discuss this proposal when it meets on 16th January. If approved,...
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Many of us make New Year resolutions to get fitter and more active, to eat more healthily and lose weight. But though we might start out with good intentions, a tough session at the gym or a visit to the health food store can be enough to send...
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Review: The Standing Water (Steel String Books) by David Castleton Some books may be pleasant, easy reads – novels that cosily confirm us in our worldview, our habits and opinions. Other books seize us by the lapels, shake us, drag us to an imaginary window and force...

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