A UK wide wave of local radio cuts this year is not only having a knock on effect on the industry but is now making young presenters here in Sunderland question their future careers. Spark’s Hope Lynes and Chrissy Cameron are just two of thousands of aspiring radio presenters that work on Student Radio stations […]

ONLY 1% of fly-tippers in the North East received fines from 2019 to 2022, as reports of the crime surged above pre-pandemic levels, Spark Sunderland can reveal. Data obtained from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and the government website, gov.uk, show that fly-tipping across the region is now higher than it was in 2019, with […]

Marvel’s tiniest world-saving duo premiered in cinema screens this week with the release of the third instalment in the Ant Man series: Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd’s Ant Man and Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp returned to the Marvel Universe with a thrilling yet slightly underwhelming adventure. Joined by newcomers Kathryn Newton as Cassie […]

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has today announced an 18 month extension for the Tees Flex bus service. Tees Flex, operated by Stagecoach, connects the areas of Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland and Darlington to local hospitals, schools and seafronts through an on demand bus service. Confirming the news, Mr Houchen said: “Delighted to say I […]

Plans for a historic former school to be turned into a restaurant have been given the green light. Langham Tower, one of the city’s most recognisable buildings and currently a bar and event venue, has had plans to transform the ground and first floor of the building into a restaurant approved by Sunderland City Council. […]

The council have proposed a seasonal ban on dogs from the popular slope beach in Seaham, amongst other new restrictions.  Proposed under the Durham County Council Dog Controls Public Space Protection order 2023, dog walkers will face a seasonal ban on the Seaham beach between 10am and 3pm from May until September. In the proposals […]

Brendan Fraser makes a triumphant return to the big screen in Darren Aronofksy’s latest release The Whale. Set in mid 2010s Idaho, online English tutor Charlie (Brendan Fraser) realises his impending mortality and seeks to reconnect with his estranged daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink). Blurred on his computer screen to his students, refusing to go to […]

Esh Parish Council brought the holiday spirit to life this festive season, bearing smiles and gifts for the local community.  Travelling around adjunct villages in a homemade Santa Sleigh, volunteers and councillors handed out chocolate selection boxes to everyone that came out to see Santa Claus. Olwyn ‘Ollie’ Moat, Vice Chair of Esh Parish Council […]

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