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A plan for a £10 million old people’s home could create 80 jobs on Wearside. The development, which will provide full-time independent living, is being built in Silksworth by the charity Abbeyfield. The three-storey home, expected to open in 2018, will contain 75 one and two-bedroom flats. The home will...
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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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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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...
Sunderland high street
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...
food festival
This year will see not one but two new food and drink festivals bringing mouth-watering treats to Wearside. The Sunderland Food and Drink Festival will take over the city centre between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd June, with Keel Square, High Street West, Market Square and Blandfood Street all dedicated...
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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...
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...
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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...
Wearmouth rail and road Bridges
Sunderland has now officially been a city for 25 years. It was on St Valentine’s Day, 1992, that the announcement came that the Queen would confer city status on Sunderland. The proclaiming of the UK’s 54th city was part of celebrations marking the 40th year of the Queen’s reign. The competition...

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