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Ashington AFC will be hoping to have created yet more FA Cup magic come 5pm on Saturday evening as they travel to Stocksbridge Park Steels in their Third Qualifying Round tie, with the Northumberland side looking to progress to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the tournament for the first time in over ten years. Ashington’s […]

Geordie hearts were broken when it was revealed that Newcastle, along with Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, and Leeds, have been eliminated from the running to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Newcastle had been among the top seven cities shortlisted, but following Tuesday’s announcement Liverpool and Glasgow have been selected as the final two. Offering international […]

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer made his keynote speech at his party conference calling in a new ambitious plan for a potential Labour Government – including the nationalisation of the clean-energy sector. Positioning himself as a Prime Minister in waiting, the Labour leader used his speech to make key policy commitments surrounding the NHS, business, […]

The Bridges Student Raid returned this year with a bang and experienced bumper levels of attendance from students. The event unfolded last night, September 26, at the Bridges Shopping Centre in the heart of Sunderland. The yearly event takes place during Freshers Week when The Bridges Shopping Centre opens its doors to students and their […]

Great North Run It has been announced that Sunday’s Great North Run will go ahead as planned. A statement released earlier today said: “The event has traditionally been a celebration of the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people, this year it will be an opportunity for us to come together and express our condolences, while celebrating […]

A timeline of events following the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth, aged 96.

University of Sunderland vice-chancellor Sir David Bell shares statement following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.  In response to the announcement that Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II died yesterday afternoon at the age of 96, Sir David Bell said: “Along with the nation as a whole and the wider Commonwealth, the University of […]

The Queen has died, Buckingham Palace has announced. Elizabeth II, 96, was the nation’s longest-reigning monarch, serving as head of state for more than 70 years. The Prince of Wales is now King, having acceded to the throne immediately on the death of his mother. In a statement, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully […]


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