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Ed Sheeran has joked about having to take two toilet breaks during a recent gig – saying it was far better than the alternative. The singer, 27, nipped off stage twice in Cardiff, after performing Galway Girl and then three songs later, in the middle of Photograph. He tells Friday’s debut episode of The Big […]

International dishes – along with some traditional British favourites – will be on offer to visitors to The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. From 10-14 July, the city will play host to 54 sailing ships and their crews from around the world, and the international theme is echoed in the food and drink on offer […]

The Lightning Seeds’ Three Lions could be set to dominate the charts as World Cup fever sweeps the nation. Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on the 1996 hit reaching number one from 10-1 to 3-1. The anthem, sung by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and written by Ian Broudie, has become synonymous with the […]

Actor Simon Pegg has lent his support to a new dementia awareness campaign by appearing in a video that explains how the condition affects the brain. The Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz star, 48, provides the introduction and narration for charity Alzheimer’s Research UK’s two-minute clip. Titled Dementia Uncovered, the short film It […]

Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light is to undergo a face-lift next month, as the club’s new owners fulfil their promise to replace the stadium’s faded seats. The first phase of development will see 10,000 seats removed and replaced ahead of the start of the season, beginning with the completion of east stand with the addition […]

Singer-songwriter George Ezra is on course to claim the first chart-topping single of his career with latest hit Shotgun. Ezra, 25, was denied the honour last week by Clean Bandit, whose duet with US singer Demi Lovato called Solo climbed one spot to knock Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There off the top spot. But now […]

The newly-appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Northumbria Police says he wants to ‘build on the supportive culture within the Force to further empower officers and staff to deliver an outstanding service to the communities we serve’. After performing the role on a temporary basis for eight months, Darren Best has officially taken up the position […]

Sunderland City Council’s pioneering use of digital technology to help improve social care for vulnerable adults, has received national recognition and additional financial support. Sunderland was one of only twelve local authorities out of the 82 who applied for funding from NHS Digital and the Local Government Association, to have been successful. Sunderland will further […]


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