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Road closures and parking restrictions have been introduced around the Stadium of Light on matchdays.  Sunderland City Council, Sunderland AFC and the police have agreed to the restrictions in order to improve pedestrian safety in the Sheepfolds area.  Motorists who used to park on the Sheepfolds Industrial Estate should now seek...
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With Halloween approaching, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will be hosting a series of eerie events this half-term.   Visitors will get to follow a spooky trail, enjoy a Halloween party with a science twist, and even crochet false beards and moustaches. The spooky trail will involve searching for hidden treasures...
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A Sunderland writer with strong connections to TV’s Coronation Street is to give two talks next week as part of the Sunderland Literature Festival.  Glenda Young, who studied journalism at the University of Sunderland, has been running the Coronation Street Blog since 2007. She has also written seven Coronation Street TV-tie-in...
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A University of Sunderland graduate has helped film three ‘lost’ episodes of the classic 1960s TV science fiction series Thunderbirds. Produced between 1964 and 1966, Thunderbirds used a kind of electric puppetry called supermarionation, along with scale models. Two original series were filmed, consisting of a total of 32 episodes. Andrew...
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Spark, a Sunderland-based community radio station, has picked up six accolades at the National Community Radio Awards.  Spark – which has been on the air since 2009 and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week – is mainly run by volunteers. The station uses cutting-edge facilities at the...
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The BBC has signed a deal to continue providing commentary for Sunderland AFC. The new deal, which will begin in the 2017-18 season, is set to last three years.  During this time, BBC Newcastle will provide exclusive commentary of all Sunderland AFC games, both home and away.  This means that BBC...
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Nissan has confirmed that it plans to sell off its Sunderland-based battery manufacturing subsidiary – but the car maker has pledged that the jobs of the business’s 300 employees will be safe. Nissan yesterday stated that it had entered into a sale and purchase agreement with private investment fund GSR...
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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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Five parks in the Sunderland area have been awarded Green Flags – a mark of excellence similar to the Blue Flags bestowed on outstanding beaches. Yesterday, a record-breaking 1,797 parks and open spaces across the country received Green Flag Awards.   The awards have a history of boosting tourism and revenue...
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A bricklayer and family man from Sunderland has been honoured for his role in creating one of Britain’s most famous astronomical observatories.  Gary Fildes – the director of the Kielder Observatory – received an honorary degree from the University of Sunderland yesterday in a ceremony at the Stadium of Light. The...

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