Wearsiders are still at odds about the impact Brexit will have on the region as the aftermath of the EU vote put the city in the national spotlight.
For the second time this week, Sunderland hit the screens last night as Sky News aired a special report looking at the issues facing the area after it became the first vote out result in the June 23 referendum.
The city was one of the first to declare its result in the EU referendum, with a total of 82,394 Wearsiders voting to leave the EU in the referendum, 61% of the 134,400 votes cast.
The Sky programme, Out and Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now, led by the channel’s political editor Faisal Islam, followed on from a BBC2 documentary fronted by the broadcaster’s own political editor Laura Kuenssberg.
In the latest show, Mr Islam visited Sunderland International Airshow, the Colliery Tavern, which neighbours the former Wearmouth pit now home to the Stadium of Light, spoke to residents in Pennywell, including a former Pyrex worker, and met Nissan bosses.
Former Sunderland MP Chris Mullin, a remain supporter, also joined the journalist as he spoke to people and toured the area, telling viewers backers of leave were “cutting off your nose to spite your face” as he warned of its consequences.
Several of those featured admitted they had voted out as a stand against a host of issues, while others did so because they believe immigration is a problem on Wearside and withdrawing from the union would reduce numbers.
Among those who reacted to the show on our Facebook page were Jack Murray, who said: “Those who voted based on immigration practically wasted their vote because even if we could stop the free movement agreements, you won’t stop those from outside the EU because they aren’t involved in the European Economic Area.”
Dorothy Williamson, also commenting on Facebook, said: “Being from Sunderland and now living in Mozambique it was interesting to watch but other than Blandford Street I didn’t recognise any of it.”
Twitter was used by viewers as they expressed their thoughts on the show, with Nissan’s place in the country’s economy and the EU’s funding for the region’s businesses discussed.
The people of #Sunderland are stupid. Your town would have been miles better within the EU!@Bonniedog26
Vin Waite - @vin_waite - said: “Nissan would never get a more productive plant,” while Brett Redmayne - @safcbrett - said: “I think we are entering a bleak time with the possibility of Nissan leaving it could be worse.”
Christine Marshall - @buttygalore1 - said: “#OutAndProud Irritated to keep hearing how NE benefitted from EU money - NO! It was our own money doled out from our contribution.
Bonniedog - @Bonniedog26 - said: “Just watched the @SkyNews show #OutAndProud. “The people of #Sunderland are stupid. Your town would have been miles better within the EU!”
The politicians behind the campaigns, particularly the Leave team, were also a target for comment.
Mike Hind - @MikeH_PR - said: “In 2020, when the truth is out, let’s see Gove & Johnson dare to walk Sunderland’s streets #OutAndProud.”
Scott Gray - @tweetscottgray - said: “I can’t get angry with these people but I can get absolutely livid with the people who sold them the lies they believe. #OutAndProud”
Nick - @NickL_1989 - said: “The vote was suicidal for the area. If only people bothered to think before they voted.”
Others believe it will help the area prosper.
John Briggs - @jabdc5 - said: “It’ll certainly bring better times than we have now and more chance of youth employment.”