Thanksgiving Day celebrations ... in Sunderland!

Sunderland Civic Centre food co-ordinator Simon Brannan (centre) with some American biscuits to celebrate Thanksgiving at the centre's restaurant with David Crone of Sunderland Youth Parliament and Jane Simmons of the council's international team.

Sunderland Civic Centre food co-ordinator Simon Brannan (centre) with some American biscuits to celebrate Thanksgiving at the centre's restaurant with David Crone of Sunderland Youth Parliament and Jane Simmons of the council's international team.

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WEARSIDERS talked turkey at a special Thanksgiving Day meal.

The event was held at Sunderland civic centre to reflect the city’s close cultural and historic links with the U.S., recognised through the International Friendship Agreement with Washington DC.

Council leader Paul Watson, said visitors to Cafe Refresh enjoyed a wide range of traditional American food.

He said: “The closer relationship between our two communities which the agreement has brought us, brings both economic and educational benefits to both cities and is something we should all celebrate.

“What better way to bring people together than food?

“We are delighted that people here in Sunderland were able to sit down to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and celebrate with our friends and families across the Atlantic.”

David Crone, chairman of the Sunderland Youth Parliament, which is taking part in a joint project with Washington DC Youth Advisory Group, was among those at the dinner.

David, 17, who attends Bede Sixth Form Academy, said: “Sunderland Youth Parliament hopes that through our partnership work with youth projects and advisory councils in Washington DC, we will be able to share the ideas and passion of all our representatives to act as a catalyst for positive change.

“We will discuss issues that affect young people globally such as crime, education, unemployment and health.”