Spark News

Page: 4

With the year behind us, ’tis the season to get yourself down to your local theatres and enjoy the pantomime.  Every Christmas we look forward to theatres coming alive with dames, villains and laughter.  Local panto star, Andy Power-Tate, starring in the Consett Empire Theatre production of Aladdin, said: “It brings families together and is […]

The Met Office has revealed their Christmas forecast for this year and the question on everyone’s minds is – will we finally get a white Christmas? So what actually classes as a “white Christmas”? According the Met Office a white Christmas calls for “one snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December […]

Listen to the full article here The cost-of-living crisis is a large struggle for everyone and is currently causing child poverty rates to skyrocket in local areas. Child poverty has been an ever-growing problem in the North East, and England in general, for many years. The cost-of-living crisis is worsening child poverty rates around the […]

Libraries around the UK are dropping fines for overdue books – and Sunderland may yet adopt a similar policy. Following a national trend commenced in 2018, which has seen around 60 UK authorities scrapping fines for overdue books, Sunderland City Council has confirmed it is monitoring the situation. A council spokesman told Spark: “We are […]

The Bank of England had raised rates even further from 2.25% to 3%, bringing it to the highest level since November 2008 marking also the highest single increase since 1989. These high interest rates could have a great impact on the cost of living, affecting those with mortgages, credit card debt and loans, drastically changing […]

40% of the North East say they have no religion, new census data shows. New data from the 2021 Census reveals that whilst 40% of the North East is not religious, an average of 50.6% of the region identifies as Christian, and 2.9% as Muslim. Whilst demographics do seem to be changing, a large amount […]

Christine McVie, writer of some of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits including Don’t Stop and Little Lies, has died at the age of 79. The musician passed away peacefully in hospital, surrounded by family. She joined the band in 1970 after marrying bassist John McVie, before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks later joined in 1974. She went […]

Sunderland’s return to the Championship has been “solid yet unspectacular” according to a recognised fan page. An unusually timed World Cup has forced a mid-season break, albeit this is shorter for the Championship than the Premier League. Sunderland’s final game before the break was under the lights at Birmingham City on November 11, a game […]


Current track

Title

Artist

Background