Spark Sunderland

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 […]

Journalists Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce will go head-to-head in a political debate.  Sunderland students and residents will make up the audience at the Hope Street Xchange on November 14, 2022.   University of Sunderland lecturer Neil Macfarlane will chair the event as the two guests field questions for an hour.   Neil Macfarlane said: […]

  Spark have picked up four nominations, including Station of the Year, at this year’s Community Radio Awards. The awards recognise the great work done within community radio stations across the country. Making the shortlist alongside four other community stations for Station of the Year, there’s also individual nominations for Megan Hayward for Young Person […]

The North East no longer has the highest unemployment rate in the UK, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Data released by the ONS reveals that unemployment levels in the region have fallen to a record low of 4.4%. Previously, the region’s figures sat at 4.7% earlier this year but […]

Spark gauges Sunderland’s reaction after petition hits half a million mark in just over two months. The petition, created by a member of the public in July 2022, asks for an election citing the ‘chaos of the current Government.’  While the UK is not due to hold another election until 2024, the organiser says in […]

The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project is raising money for a statue of a Herring Girl. They want to celebrate the important role that women played in the North East fishing industry. The group are currently holding auctions and events at North Shields pub the Low Lights Tavern, to raise the money they need to […]

The Betsy Jenny counselling and wellbeing café in Sunderland is offering talking therapy and various activities to help local people with their mental health. Café founder Steve Lynn was inspired to set up the community hub after his own experience with grief counselling following the death of his son, Steven. Now, he is opening his […]


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