Want to reach 100? A bag of pork scratchings a day is the key, says Sunderland grandma

Pork scratchings are the key to a long life, according to 100-year-old Lily Welch.

Houghton and Hetton
Durham City Lumiere Light Festival 2017.

240,000 flock to Durham’s Lumiere spectacular

Almost a quarter of a million people marvelled at this year’s Lumiere spectacular.

Bonded Warehouse, Fish Quay Sunderland

Fat Hippo burger brand set to open Bonded Warehouse venue in Sunderland

A successful North East burger chain have plans to beef up Sunderland’s restaurant scene.

Eating Out

What you can expect to see as Lumiere spectacular opens in Durham tonight

Let there be light!

The Umbrella Project, Durham Lumiere

10 things to do in the North East this weekend

From boarding the Vengabus to the spectacular Lumiere, there’s plenty happening in the region this weekend.

Blood Brothers

Win tickets to Blood Brothers at Sunderland Empire

She’s been hailed as the ‘definitive Mrs Johnstone’ and now Lyn Paul will be donning the iconic apron once more as Blood Brothers returns to the Sunderland Empire stage.

Theatre and Comedy
Edward Gregson. Photo by Phil Portus.

Sunderland-born musician short-listed in British Composer Awards

A Sunderland-born composer, who drew inspiration from the conflict in Syria for one of his latest pieces, is in line for an Oscar of the composing world.


Inside Sunderland’s £3.5m Fire Station culture hub

Things are hotting up at The Fire Station as it prepares to open its doors as the city’s new culture hub.

Body builder Shaun Joseph-Tavernier has taken the Mr Universe title

Sunderland bodybuilder wins Mr Universe contest

A Sunderland bodybuilder has followed in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger to win the Mr Universe title.

The Stadium of Light

Win tickets to see Sunderland AFC take on Millwall

Sunderland AFC will take on Millwall FC this weekend - and you could be there for free.

Lumiere What Matters piece installation at St Oswald's Church.
Artist Claudia Moseley

How Durham is transforming for Lumiere spectacular

Preparations are in full swing to transform Durham for this year’s Lumiere light festival spectacular.

Launch of Empire Bruce at Laing shipyard in 1941. Images courtesy of Sunderland Museum and WInter Gardens

New book chronicles the industries that made Sunderland great

A new book charts first-hand accounts of the industries which helped shape Sunderland.

1900s town, Beamish Museum

REVIEW: Edwardian afternoon tea, Beamish, County Durham

Visitors to Beamish have long been able to walk in the footsteps of Edwardians, go to school like an Edwardian and even pretend to have their teeth pulled like one. And now you can take afternoon tea like one of your ancestors too.

Eating Out
A previous Periplum performance

What to expect from outdoor spectacle which will open Sunderland’s Fire Station

Preparations are in full swing for a large-scale live performance which will provide a red hot opening night for The Fire Station.

Sam Lavery

X Factor star Sam Lavery to switch on Christmas lights at North East shopping centre

A teenage singer who shot to fame on last year’s X Factor will be sprinkling some festive magic over East Durham later this month.

Building work is forging ahead at the Beacon of Light

Do you have what it takes to work at Sunderland’s new Beacon of Light?

A recruitment drive has begun for Sunderland’s pioneering Beacon of Light facility.


Former firefighters enjoy first pints at Sunderland’s new Engine Room pub

The embers of history were burning bright for two former firefighters today as they became the first customers at the city’s newest pub.

Pubs and Clubs
Little Mix

Review: Little Mix, Glory Days tour, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, until tonight

You don’t have to be a seven-year-old with pink deeley-boppers in your hair to like Little Mix.


Meet the cast of this year’s Sunderland Empire pantomime

It may only be November, but Sunderland Empire’s panto cast are already getting in the panto spirit - oh yes they are!

Theatre and Comedy 1

See inside the new bar at Sunderland’s The Fire Station ahead of opening

Sunderland’s newest bar looks smoking hot!

Pubs and Clubs 2
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