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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 […]

School children across the UK are being urged to take part in a ‘big sing,’ in an attempt to break a world record. The Massed Sing is the brainchild of Sunderland Music Hub and NYMAZ, working in close collaboration with the organisers of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 – a four-day ‘festival of sail’ […]

A delegation from the northern Chinese city of Harbin have been special guests in Sunderland (Thursday 31 May). The group included senior government figures from the city, which has a population of more than ten million. The visit is part of the on-going Friendship Agreement that was first signed with Sunderland in 2009 and renewed in […]


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