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A recent survey found that Sunderland has now placed in the top 30 worst cities to live in the UK. Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “I can only assume that those who voted in this survey must have missed some of the exciting developments and ambitious plans that are currently underway […]

A Sunderland-born musician and composer will present a newly composed song inspired by the heroic lives of two sisters who helped 29 Jews escape Nazi Germany. Composer Alison Cotton will perform “Engelchen” at Seventeen Nineteen, Holy Trinity Church, in Sunderland on Saturday, March 11 (5pm). It is based on Ida and Louis Cook; two opera-obsessed […]

To celebrate pancake day, Spark have curated a list of our favourite North East restaurants to get your pancake fix this Shrove Tuesday. Whether you are a lover of sweet or savoury food and prefer crepes or American style pancakes, we have all options covered. Love Lily – Sunderland Love Lily is a locally owned […]

An urgent yellow weather warning has been issued across Scotland and the North-East of England as strong winds associated with Storm Otto prepare to hit. Credit: Alamy Storm Otto is set to sweep through the UK in the coming days, with 75mph gusts expected to hit Tyne and Wear on Friday morning. The Met Office […]

Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day. Literally. With a range of Valentine’s food options for your sweet tooth and some wholesome Valentine’s-themed meals. To be enjoyed alone, or even better, with someone you love. As the saying goes, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. The Old Bank Pizza Co. The Old Bank […]

The University of Sunderland has announced plans for a ‘game-changing’ £250million investment into its facilities in both Sunderland and London. The investment has received praise for being a big change in the University’s ambitions, realigning with Sunderland City Council’s regeneration programme across the region. The first phase of the plan, running from now until 2027, […]

American Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and indeed across the world, with The National Football League (NFL) hosting its centrepiece, Super Bowl LVII (57) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday February 12, as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Kettles will undoubtedly be […]

Snow has hit many areas in the Tyne and Wear region causing an avalanche of pictures from the public. ‘Weather’ you have given the snow a ‘frosty’ reception or have ‘hailed’ it as a welcome sight, there are many places that have caught the public’s imagination. Here are some of the best pics from across […]


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