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Hundreds of youngsters from schools across Sunderland are learning valuable water safety lessons that could help save lives. The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) has been at Seaburn beach over the last few weeks running 28 ‘Hit the Surf’ sessions for 8 – to 11 year old primary school pupils. The programme offers a unique […]

Sunderland residents and visitors to The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 are being urged to take note of road closures during the five-day festival of sail. From 11 to 14 July, the city, which is the start port for the international sailing event, will welcome up to 1.5m visitors keen to see the 55 ships […]

Visitors to the North East will be able to enjoy a sneak preview of the UK’s largest free, family festival after it unveiled plans to launch a day early. The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 is scheduled to take place from 11 to 14 July – but organisers have announced a preview day on 10 […]

The final countdown has begun for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. From 10-14 July, the city of Sunderland will host the UK’s largest, free family event: a five-day festival of beautiful ships, circus, theatre and music. And with just one month to go, organisers have revealed the scale of the event in numbers – […]

Thousands of young people created a huge buzz around The Customs House after taking over the venue for a week of arts activities. This year’s Takeover Festival has been hailed “the biggest and best yet” thanks to the support of funders, notably Scottish Power Foundation, and a dedicated team of young people in charge of […]

Partners responding to the fire at the abandoned Alex Smiles waste site in Deptford say they are satisfied that the blaze is now out. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Sunderland City Council, the Environment Agency and Public Health England have been tackling the incident since it broke out on Monday 14 May. When […]

Stilt walking pirates and mermaids will welcome visitors to Barnes Park on Saturday 30 June for the fourth annual West Area community celebration event. Funded by Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee to help showcase the creative talent of the local community, the free family fun day focusses on all things tall ships, pirates and sea shanties and is […]

The heartbroken loved ones of a man who was killed by a drink/drug driver are urging people to avoid driving under the influence as World Cup fever begins to grip the North East. Devastated Michelle Norton lost her only child, Lewis Knapp, last year after he was run over by a drink and drug driver […]


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