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Sunderland supporters gathered together at The Fire Station to relieve their historic FA Cup victory against Leeds United 50 years on to the exact minute.   Jimmy Montgomery stole the headlines that day, but I had the opportunity to speak to the reserve goalkeeper Trevor Swinburne to hear his side of the events.  

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 […]

The ongoing work to repair and restore the beautiful glass roof in Newcastle’s Grainger Market is finally complete. Both local shoppers and architecture fans alike have been anticipating the scaffolding coming down for the big reveal and are delighted. Spark spoke to business owner Tian Tang to get her thoughts on the restoration work and […]

There has been a rising concern among universities as students use artificial intelligence (AI) to aid and complete their assignments.  One such AI program that is used is ChatGPT, a bot that can be given a prompt and deliver back a detailed response.  This has sparked a debate among staff and students regarding the ethics […]

King Charles III coronation marked the beginning of a new era for the royal family and their people.   He inherited the throne from his mother, Queen Elisabeth II on May 6, 2023 with great pomp and circumstance.   He is the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey

A soon-to-be bride in Sunderland is keeping her love on a budget as she prepares for her big day. With the high cost of living, Endurance Idowu has been creative in finding ways to save money. Despite the challenges, she said: “I am optimistic, determined, and focused on a brighter future.’’

Sam, Manager of Max Spielmann photo lab in Sunderland City Centre, shares how excited she feels about the development of a new train station entrance right in front of the photo lab. The new multi-million pound project which is few minutes away from the old entrance will be open for public use in September. Click […]

On the 4th of May, local elections were held across the UK, including Gateshead, where one councillor seat was up for election in each ward. The results showed that, despite Labour retaining overall control of the council, the Liberal Democrats gained two contested seats from Labour in the wards of Saltwell and Birtley. Both of […]

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