When Whitburn fishermen plotted to overthrow the king

Today we recall the time when local fishermen begged to get rid of a man who was making their lives a misery.

Matthew Duncan (left) with fellow shipmates just before they joined their 1st ship.

Sunderland man missed two family weddings because he was stuck on a reef

Matthew Duncan’s high seas adventure was, in his own words, “eventful.”

The bridge under construction in 1908.

The day they tested Sunderland’s Queen Alexandra Bridge by putting eight locomotives on its roof

It seemed to be the done thing in Sunderland.

The top of Cage Hill.

We welcomed the world to Sunderland - and the world left the city with more hills!

Which city is famous for being surrounded by seven hills and having an historic church called Saint Peters?

The Mens Bible Class.

The church of the Sunderland shipbuilders

Many Wearsiders will recall the old large church and institute which once stood in Dundas Street It was known as the Thompson Memorial Hall.


Revealed: The link between a Sunderland sailor and JRR Tolkien

What’s the link between a Sunderland sailor and one of the greatest writers in history?

Clive Westlake wrote songs for Dusty Springfield.

Sunderland teacher wrote hits for Dusty Springfield and The Hollies

The 1960s was a great era for British pop music.

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A group of River Wear harbour pilots in 1895.

The Sunderland man who soared into the air in a record bid

Recently, we began the story of Charles Green – the intrepid Sunderland man who attracted attention when he bought a hot-air balloon and tried to create history.

Tonys relative Ambrose Amy Philipson, second left, but who are the other boys pictured in the shipyards.

The days when cold tea was the Wearside family remedy for illness and injury

Tony Lawrence was clearly a popular man.

Bede pupil Harold Wilson.

When Harold Wilson fought an election in Sunderland

Just before the General Election of 1964, Harold Wilson was campaigning hard.

Benny Barron with Laurel and Hardy.

Stan Laurel and the connection to Sunderland

Stan Laurel was one of the greatest comedians of all time and one of his oldest friends was a man from Wearside – Benny Barron.


'Ghost soldiers' sing 'We are here' on wet Sunderland streets to mark Somme centenary

Those who lost their lives in the appalling conflict of the Somme were remembered with a special tribute in Sunderland.

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Lest we forget those brave heroes

On this day in 1916, thousands of British men went ‘over the top’ at the Battle of The Somme.

The Memorial Standard.

Sunderland war widow sold bread for a penny a loaf to feed her children

Who remembers the people left behind?

Memorial poppies placed in front of the Thiepval Museum, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Picture: Press Association.

Somme centenary: 11 reader tributes on battle's 100-year anniversary

Today, Britain remembers the start of the bloodiest battle in its history.
British soldiers negotiating a shell-cratered winter landscape along the River Somme. Pic: PA.

Remembering the 107 Sunderland men who gave their lives at the Battle of the Somme

It was the battle of all battles - the one in which 20,000 British soldiers died on the first day alone.

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Northumberland Fusilier Robert Christopher, who died on the first day of the Somme.

A tribute to a Murton Somme hero – and the wife he left behind

A Wearside family remembered the ultimate sacrifice made by their war hero ancestor.

Image from The Battle of The Somme film, 1916.

Paying respects to the brave South Tynesiders who gave their lives at the Somme

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme – a bloody First World War battle which resulted in more than a million British, Allied and German casualties by the time it ended 141 days later.

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Asunder creative team (front) with orchestra

Musicians strike a chord to remember Sunderland’s sacrifice in the Somme

Rehearsals are in full swing for a striking cultural tribute to those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme.

Frank Orr, who was wounded at the Somme, but survived.

Sunderland miner was shot and bayoneted but survived the Battle of the Somme

He was a coal mine hewer and worked at Silksworth Colliery.

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