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Newcastle has made the shortlist of seven UK cities that could host the 2023 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

A film celebrating a stretch of the Durham coastline has been a success.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we’ve delved into the photo archives to remember the times from recent years when the monarch has visited Sunderland and surrounding areas in the North East. All images are courtesy of Alamy Images.

As Russian forces continue their invasion on Ukraine, a North East teacher is putting his maths books away to focus on delivering aid to those hardest hit by the war.  Across Ukraine, alarms are sounding out, warning residents to take shelter from impending Russian missile attacks.  Most North East residents would find it difficult to […]

The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project is raising money for a statue of a Herring Girl. They want to celebrate the important role that women played in the North East fishing industry. The group are currently holding auctions and events at North Shields pub the Low Lights Tavern, to raise the money they need to […]

The Betsy Jenny counselling and wellbeing café in Sunderland is offering talking therapy and various activities to help local people with their mental health. Café founder Steve Lynn was inspired to set up the community hub after his own experience with grief counselling following the death of his son, Steven. Now, he is opening his […]

Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage involving; the manipulation of soft tissue to relieve pain and tightness and increase mobility. Soft tissue includes muscles, skin, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Sports massage aims to correct any imbalances or restrictions that can be caused; by repetitive physical activity. This does have to be exercise; […]

Residents of Sunderland speak to Spark about their expectations from the new leadership of the Sunderland City Council. They believe the result of the election could echo vital lessons to politicians and political parties about the ability of people to vote based on performance. They hope newly elected candidates will pay attention to very important […]


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