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The International Community Organisation of Sunderland is one of the largest charities in the North East that strives to better the lives of Black and Minority Ethnic individuals. The ICOS have launched many successful projects, such as Back in Control and the Eastern European Women’s group, that have seen resounding benefits. The charity’s Back in […]

70 years on from the last Coronation, the North-East are preparing to celebrate the crowning of King Charles III this weekend but many doubt that the event will be appreciated as much as in the past. Local 102-year-old woman, Edna Bateman, was 32-years-old at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation back in 1953 and has […]

The National Glass Centre is set to close after 25 years of service due to reported health and safety issues regarding the structure of the building. Approximately 230,000 people visit the centre per year and it is one of the major family attractions in the area. Through the education of Sunderland’s history and industrial heritage, […]

The small seaside town is set to go under regeneration of its town centre as early as this summer. North Tyneside Council is expected to draw up a master plan for the town centre, with plans subject to consultations with the public. According to council documents, the plans put forward intend to upgrade the town […]

North East-born Indie-Jazz-Soul singer Robyn McLeod and her Leeds-based band Rushbonds have released a stellar debut single entitled Close But No Cigar.   The song is a high-energy track with a massive punching rhythm and an addictive earworm melody. The song’s lyrics of revenge erupt from frontwoman Robyn McLeod with confidence and power, creating an […]

Here we investigate the after-care – or lack of it – offered to youngsters released from professional English academies.  Local lad Kane Evans was at Sunderland for 12 years and the one dream he harboured for over a decade was to play professional football at his hometown club.   Sadly, this dream died a “terrible” death . . […]

Four new cameras are now active in Hetton, as part of a project to tackle the area’s anti-social behaviour. The HALO (Hetton Altogether Linking Opportunities) project has been granted £51,000 to install cameras which will deter anti-social behaviour and environmental crime. HALO are working alongside Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, Gentoo and […]

The North East music scene is at its biggest and best for quite a number of years. Here are some of the best acts you should be supporting and seeing in 2023 1. India Arkin Newcastle-based artist India Arkin is the person who inspired this list after we met her busking in 2020 with her […]


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