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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...
Julie Walters and Sir Michael Caine in a scene from Educating Rita, 1993
Sunderland-born actress Jessica Johnson has landed the role of Rita in a production of Educating Rita, which will be staged at Durham’s Gala Theatre. Ms Johnson will star opposite Patrick Driver, who will take on the role of Frank. Patrick Driver has previously appeared in Silent Witness and Call the...
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Wearside is showing its solidarity with Manchester after Monday night’s terror attack by floodlighting two iconic structures in the colours of the Union Jack. Last night, the Penshaw Monument – a large folly built on Penshaw Hill near Washington – was lit in red, white and blue, as was the...
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Plans are afoot to revive one of Sunderland’s most historic districts. An area of central Sunderland that includes Fawcett Street, High Street East, High Street West and Church Street East has been declared a Heritage Action Zone. The Heritage Action Zone initiative, run by Historic England, aims to “unlock the...
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The University of Sunderland’s highly successful School of Engineering is to benefit from a £1 million investment.  It is hoped the investment will ensure that more graduates leave the university with the high-level skills employers in the engineering and manufacturing sectors demand. The School of Engineering is also set to benefit...
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The University of Sunderland is set to host a graphic novel expo that will feature some of the world’s leading illustrators, authors and graphic artists. Among those attending will be artists who have brought to life characters such as Judge Dredd, Batman and the Transformers. Wonderlands, which will take place on...
University of Sunderland Graduates to Help Fight Cybercrime
The University of Sunderland is introducing a master’s degree programme to help in the struggle against cybercrime. The university’s new MSc Cyber Security course will equip the next generation of security experts with the skills vital for an era which is seeing a massive growth in online criminality. According to...
Sunderland City Council Reveals New Housing Strategy
Sunderland City Council has announced its housing strategy for the coming five years – a vision that includes both affordable and luxury homes. The council’s cabinet will meet on Wednesday to discuss the plan, which is put forward in a report entitled A Housing Strategy for Sunderland 2017-22. The plan will then...
An old photo of the Sunderland Empire
Sunderland’s residents are to have the chance to hear about exciting new plans to revitalise the city’s historic Minster Quarter. It is hoped that these plans will be made possible via a Townscape Heritage Scheme – such schemes supply Lottery cash to help rejuvenate urban areas. All will be revealed in...
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Recycling rates in Sunderland are on the increase, but the council is reminding residents they can still do more. Sunderland’s households are now recycling 30% of their waste – an improvement on last year, during which 26% of household waste was recycled.  Sunderland City Council is now running a campaign –...

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