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Coronation Street fan Vic Reeves 'made up' over landing role in his favourite soap

Comic Vic Reeves will be making his life "complete" with a starring role in Coronation Street.

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Clematis Montana Elizabeth.

Gardening: Make the most of the height hardy climbers bring

Hardy climbers are invaluable in any garden. A big mistake is to have everything performing at ground level, ignoring the vertical growing space.

Much can go wrong from that click to commit to boarding the plane. Pic: Shutterstock.

Seven tips to get the best value out of a last-minute holiday

May is a great month – and let’s face it, a big part of what makes May so great is the double bank holiday!


Watch: Are you on our slideshow of Sunderland Echo pictures from May 1998?

Here's another journey back through the Echo's archives to admire pictures from yesteryear.

This drink will take just seconds to make.

Healthy recipe of the week: Espresso peanut butter smoothie

This one’s for the coffee lovers. Try this espresso peanut butter smoothie to start your day.

Fulwell Infants School 10th birthday celebrations in 1997.

Sunderland school photos from 1997

We just love it when you give us your memories of your Wearside schooldays.

Jade Bambrough

Meet the Sunderland beauty queen hoping to become Miss Universe

Jade Bambrough is hoping to fly the flag for Great Britain on the international stage.

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Pringles cans are a recycler's worst nightmare due to its different components.

Why Pringles' 'idiotic' packaging is a recycling nightmare

Pringles, one of the nation's favourite snacks, has been singled out by an environmental expert as an example of how NOT to make recyclable packing.

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Monkwearmouth Stables.

They came from Holland and France to serve Vaux well

Horses have been a part of Sunderland life for many centuries.

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Museum uses virtual reality mask to bring viking camp back to life

The sights and sounds of a Viking army camp have been brought to life through state-of-the-art virtual reality.
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The bent mast on Manxman.

Bent masts and bridge strikes were part of life on the river

By the time the present Wearmouth Bridge opened in 1929, the problem of sailing vessels fouling their masts had all but disappeared.


Watch: Take a trip back in time on Sunderland's buses

Move along please, standing room only, room on top. Who remembers these words on the daily bus ride into work?

The  Museum & Winter Gardens and the construction of Mowbray Park. Image courtesy of Sunderland Musuem & Winter Gardens.

So much history to enjoy on Wearside

The spotlight is on local history in Sunderland this month and here’s your chance to find out more.

One of the new rooms at the Roker

Roker Hotel upgraded to four stars by AA inspectors

The Roker Hotel has received a prestigious fourth star from the AA following a £1 million refurbishment.

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Gardening: 5 of the best children's garden toys

Gardening: 5 of the best children's garden toys

Fun and games for kids in the garden!

Tilly Ramsay.

Food & drink: Tilly is keeping it in the family with her new book

Tilly Ramsay is only 15 and already has her own TV show and cookbook, but she’s still not in charge of the kitchen at home.

Which type of holidaymaker are you?

The Adventurer, The Unwinder… the five types of holidaymaker

Millions of Brits know exactly what they're going to do on holiday - absolutely nothing.
A Grand Georgian Gathering

Georgian gin bar and more as Beamish opens its doors after hours

Beamish will open its doors after hours for A Grand Georgian Gathering to celebrate Museums at Night.

Which is your favourite place for a curry?

Which of these 31 restaurants is the best place for a curry in and around Sunderland?

We are on the hunt to find the best place for a curry in Sunderland - and we want you to help us find it.
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Blueberry banana bread.

Recipe of the week: Blueberry banana bread

This is one of my favourite banana bread recipes (who doesn’t like banana bread?!)

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