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A Sunderland family have led a drive to donate toys to a north-east children’s hospital. Two-year-old Sam Patterson – whose mum, Dianne, works at Sunderland City Council – was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia earlier this year. Sam was admitted to Ward 14 of the Great...
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University of Sunderland graduate Martin Longstaff has been creating quite an online commotion with Shipyards, his song that became the theme tune of the Netflix documentary Sunderland Till I Die. And now Martin – backed by staff at the university – is attempting to...
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A Sunderland man has been named as the presenter of a new TV mini-series connected to the National Lottery. Following a talent search throughout the city to find a budding young presenter, Josh Wilkinson, from Barnes, has been selected to co-host the series with...
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Health problems, obesity and unhealthy eating patterns are issues facing many people today, including many children. Statistics show that around one in three British children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Individuals who are obese as children have a higher risk of becoming obese adults...
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A talented Sunderland artist – who is still in primary school – has designed the city’s civic Christmas card. The card – featuring the young artist’s design – will be sent out by Sunderland City Council to all its councillors and community and international partners, as well as to various...
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A tour featuring some of the biggest names in sixties music will be coming to Sunderland in the spring. The Solid Silver 60s Tour has been taking the stars of that decade around the country for an astonishing 34 years, selling over a million tickets for over 1,500 shows. But...
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Sunderland is gearing up for the big switch on of its Christmas lights – with a fun event planned which will help a worthy cause. On Thursday 22nd November, the Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr Linda Scanlan, will be joined for the switch on by some very special guests, including panto...
Free books and literacy support are being made available to Sunderland families with young children. As part of the national Bookstart scheme, the parents or carers of every pre-school child are entitled to free packs. The packs include tips on how to improve children’s reading abilities and literacy skills. The packs...
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A ‘bike dock’ on Sunderland’s riverside is to rent out bicycles to the public for as little as £1.00 per hour. The bike dock – next to the National Glass Centre at St Peters – will be hiring the bikes out at an hourly charge of £1.00 for children and...
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Sunderland is to have a double dose of ‘the boy who never grew up’ this autumn and winter. Peter Pan – and his rival Captain Hook – are characters in this year’s Sunderland Empire pantomime. In addition to this, they will be popping up in Roker Park as part of...

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