Birthday party marks Sunderland’s 21 years as a city

Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron presents Lauren Sills with a glass keepsake as part of the 21st birthday celebrations. They are joined by: (from left to right) Danielle Laverick, Nathan Reed, Kelsey Clair, Kieran Sleep, Jade Forster and Ian Burton.

Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron presents Lauren Sills with a glass keepsake as part of the 21st birthday celebrations. They are joined by: (from left to right) Danielle Laverick, Nathan Reed, Kelsey Clair, Kieran Sleep, Jade Forster and Ian Burton.

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SUNDERLAND has been thrown its very own birthday bash to celebrate 21 years as a city.

The landmark birthday was marked with a special reception at the city’s museum and winter gardens. More than 60 people, born in 1992, were invited to the party to celebrate with civic dignitaries.

All those celebrating their 21st this year received a commissioned commemorative glass keepsake, designed by the National Glass Centre.

Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Bob Heron said: “This reception is a fitting way to bring to a close our year of celebrations.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in activities throughout the year and in particular our special guests who came along and made this birthday celebration such a memorable evening.

“It is fitting that we take a look back and celebrate all that Sunderland has achieved since becoming a city in 1992. We also continue to celebrate our distinctive qualities and optimistic plans for the future.

“In particular, I’d like to wish everyone who, along with the city, is celebrating their 21st birthday this year lots of luck with their own plans for the future. I also hope that they can all continue to enjoy the opportunities which the city has to offer.”

Sunderland was granted city status on the 40th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, officially becoming a city on March 23, 1992.