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This week Spark Sunderland headed to the University of Leeds, to attend SRA Con 2024. Arriving on Monday afternoon, the event kicked off with a keynote talk from University of Leeds alumni – with Jaguar Bingham, Mo Ayoub, Helena Webb and Sammy Jones all talking about how student radio impacted their careers. It was then […]

With the Women’s Euro’s victory giving women in the Nation a heaping handful of inspiration, we look at the best locations to watch Women’s football in the North East. 

With Easter coming up, many of us will be dazzled and tempted by the shiny foil-wrapped treats lining the shelves, however, the prices will leave a less sweet taste in our mouths. The price of chocolate has increased by over 40%, during February leaving companies and manufacturers concerned about the future of their business. Richard […]

Port of Call, one of Sunderland’s most popular restaurants, has launched its new menu after celebrations of their 10 year anniversary. The well-loved bar and restaurant has now been trading in Sunderland’s city centre for 10 years, and with owners Karen and John Dickman also announcing renovations of sister restaurant Gatsby, it seems to be […]

Established in 1999, March 21 is World Poetry Day, a day dedicated to celebrating poetry in all its forms the world over.  According to the UNESCO website, World Poetry Day serves to honour poets and to promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry of all kinds. And, here in Sunderland, we have a long […]

With two weeks off over Easter, I’m sure everyone’s currently scrambling to find egg-citing things to do over the holidays. Whether it’s with kids or without, we’ve rounded up some of the best things in Sunderland to fill your time. Stack Seaburn is running multiple Easter-themed events for the kids, starting with ‘A Celebration of […]

Before becoming a university in 1992 Sunderland was a polytechnic, an accumulation of Sunderland Technical College, The Sunderland School of Art, and Sunderland Teacher Training College which came together in 1969. All students who graduated from the teacher training college were presented with a ‘certificate of education’ as opposed to an honours degree. These students […]

The annual Durham Easter Egg Run is set to commence Sunday, March 31 at 10am from Dragonville Tesco car park. The charity run will stop off at hospitals around Durham and Darlington and the team of bikers will donate eggs to the women’s refuges and housing associations. They plan to ride along to North Durham […]


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