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A free fireworks display will light up Sunderland seafront on November 5th.  Great views of the fireworks can be had from all along the seafront and from Cliffe Park.  As well as celebrating Bonfire Night, the fireworks display will mark the end of the Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light.  The ticket-only...
A Sunderland woman who has used a family tragedy to warn others about the consequences of dangerous driving has been honoured with a royal medal. Violet Atkinson, 46, from Fordham Road, Sunderland, dedicated her life to raising awareness of road safety after her son Steven, aged 12, was killed by...
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Sunderland City Council has earmarked £3.1 million for repairs to Sunderland’s coastal defences, which were badly damaged by spring storms. Yesterday (Wednesday 25th April) the council’s cabinet agreed to fund a series of repairs to the Old North Pier, New South Pier and Stonehill Wall. Storms in March have been assessed...
The word budget being cut in half with scissors
Sunderland City Council is poised to make enormous cuts to services in response to crippling austerity measures imposed by central government. The council aims to slash a whopping £46 million from its budget in the forthcoming financial year. In the last seven years, the Council has had to deal with...
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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 Great British Spring Clean is coming to the Sunderland area, with Fulwell and Roker both set for spring spruce-ups. Volunteers are invited to meet on Roker Beach on Saturday 24th March between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. On Wednesday 28th March between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm, over 100 youngsters...
A nautical launch for the 4th annual West Area community
Stilt-walking pirates and mermaids will be among the attractions at a free family fun day taking place on Saturday 30th June. Taking its theme from the upcoming Tall Ships Race, the fun day will focus on ships, pirates and sea shanties and will mark the culmination of a three-day event...
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A journalism student at the University of Sunderland has won a prestigious national prize.  Second-year student Sophie Dishman won Best Reporter, Highly Commended, in the Student Publication Association (SPA) Awards. The SPA Awards assess up-and-coming journalistic talent from across the UK and the Irish Republic.  In addition to her university studies, Sophie...
Tall Ships
Sunderland-based firms are being encouraged to take advantage of the boost in business opportunities that The Tall Ships Race 2018 will bring. The city has been chosen as the start port for the race and – during a four-day event – Sunderland will be welcoming around 1,500 international crew members...
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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...

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