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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...
Visitors to this year’s Sunderland Illuminations will have the chance to see personalised messages to their loved ones flash across an enormous dome – for the price of only £5.00. The Sunderland Sphere – a dome measuring 18 metres across – will be one of the main attractions at this...
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Some historic Sunderland toilets – located beneath an old tram shelter in Seaburn – have reopened to the public following a restoration programme. The Victorian-era conveniences – which first opened in 1901 – had fallen into a state of disrepair after being closed for a number of years. Many original features...
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Plans are afoot to improve the shop/reception area of Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens. Making the improvements will mean that the main entrance to the complex will be temporarily closed from Monday 1st October. Visitors are asked instead to use either the old entrance to the museum via the steps...
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The Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival will set out to celebrate all things local this year – with a focus on the north east’s artists, authors, playwrights and musicians. The festival will offer a range of highlights including a murder mystery evening, screenings of old films, creative writing workshops and events...
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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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Work to repair Sunderland’s historic piers and sea defences is ongoing after the immense battering they received in storms earlier this year. Repairs are underway on the New South Pier, which dates back to 1893. Constructed using a gas-driven crane on rails, New South Pier wasn’t completely finished until 1912....
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Sunderland’s Roker Pier has been named as one of the best piers on the planet. Readers of The Guardian newspaper recently voted for the world’s top ten piers and Roker Pier was among those chosen. The Guardian article says, “This newly refurbished pier is a gem.” “Recently it has undergone restoration so...
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A council-led clean-up of a pond in Sunderland has led to the discovery of an incredible range of sunken debris. A wheelie bin, scooters, bicycles, motorbikes, mattresses and even a crossbow bolt were among the items dragged from the water. Council employees also found gas bottles, doors and doorframes dumped in...
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One in 25 people in the UK are estimated to have dyslexia, a condition that makes reading and writing difficult. Despite dyslexia being relatively common, those with the condition can face social exclusion and can have difficulty finding work and accessing services. Sunderland Library Services has launched a partnership with...

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