From substantial investments pouring into the city’s infrastructure to significant events and funds directed towards local communities, Sunderland has experienced an exhilarating year in 2023.

As the city gets ready to welcome in 2024, the council has taken a trip down memory lane with a video charting some of the key highlights shaping Sunderland this year. 

Sunderland's Spectacular 2023: A Year of Transformative Progress and Investments
Caption – Steph Houghton and Gary Bennett who were awarded Freedom of the City in March

Looking back over the last 12 months, Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “2023 has been a tremendously exciting year and 2024 promises to be equally so as our city continues to transform itself. 

“Once again, we have seen a massive amount of investment in our city, with the start of work on the new Eye Hospital, Culture House and new Wear Footbridge to name but a few, as well as the opening of the new southern entrance of Sunderland Station. 

“Nissan’s recently announced plans to invest up to £3bn building three electric models here, safeguarding 6000 jobs are another huge vote of confidence in our city and the region. 

“That sense of momentum has continued with FulwellCain’s submission of plans to build the largest film studio complex outside London on the banks of the River Wear, with the potential to create more than 8,000 jobs across our region over the next decade. 

“Investing in our communities continues to be at the heart of everything we do. We know many of our residents continue to struggle through the cost-of-living crisis and as a council we are doing everything we can to support them. 

“We have funded improvements to many of the parks and play areas that play such a vital role in our communities and as well as the fantastic community projects which make such a difference across our city. While funding secured from the Government has seen new family hubs providing vital support and advice to families.  

“2023 has also been a year for major events, from pop icons Beyonce and Pink at the Stadium of Light to the World Triathlon Championship Series and the Lionesses playing the UEFA Women’s Nation League opener in their first home game since the World Cup final.  

“These last few weeks have also had the thrilling news that Sunderland is to host the opening game of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025. 

“My best wishes go to everyone living, working or studying in our city this New Year. I want you all to know that we share your passion for Sunderland and are working our hardest to help it achieve the very best it can. While the cost of living crisis continues to impact, we are determined that our city can and will emerge to continue its exciting journey for the benefit of all.” 

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