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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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The Tall Ships Races 2018 will soon be coming to Sunderland, but this great event will be just the latest chapter in the north east’s long history of seafaring. This half-term, the region’s residents will have the chance to learn more about this important aspect of the north east’s heritage...
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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...
Holy Trinity Church in the East End of Sunderland will be undergoing extensive restoration work over the next 12 months. An event to promote the conservation efforts of local community groups and trusts will be held on Saturday 6th July and aims to raise awareness of Sunderland's rich history. The Canny...
Siglion – a regeneration company formed by Sunderland City Council and developers Carillion – is set to hold a series of public consultations over its plans to remodel Sunderland’s seafront at Seaburn. Siglion plans a development that would blend housing with leisure facilities and be focused around a broad central...
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Sunderland’s massively popular Illuminations and Festival of Light are to return to the city this autumn. As well as classic favourites, these events will see some glittering new features, giving returning visitors a whole new take on the proceedings. The Festival of Light in Roker Park is set to run from...
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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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Sunderland isn’t a city that gets mentioned often alongside tech hotspots like Seattle, California’s Silicon Valley or even London’s Silicon Roundabout. But that could all be about to change. A recent report claims that Wearside has one of the highest rates of job creation within the tech sector. According to the...
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Sunderland City Council will hold events today (11th July) to remember the Srebrenica genocide, which took place during the Bosnian War (1992-5). The genocide saw over 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys massacred in and around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995. The genocide will be remembered in events...
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Sunderland’s Summer Streets music festival will return this year, but the event will have a new home. Summer Streets – which this year will be part of the Tall Ships Race – will move from its traditional site of Thompson Park, Southwick, to Seaburn Recreation Park. The festival, which will take...

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