Mackem Map among last ever exhibitions to be held at Sunderland library site

A Mackem Map will be one of the last exhibitions to be held at Sunderland City Library before it closes on Fawcett Street.

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Mr Men and Little Miss to feature on new set of stamps - are you happy or grumpy about it?

Stamp collectors of a certain age will be very happy, or even grumpy, after news that the Royal Mail is issuing a special set to celebrate the Mr Men and Little Miss set of books.

Sunderland Civic Centre.

Sunderland to raise the flag in tribute on Trafalgar Day

Sunderland will raise the flag tomorrow to help mark national Trafalgar Day - commemorating one of the country's most famous naval victories.

Lib Deb Coun Niall Hodson outside Sunderland Central Library.

Closure date set for Sunderland’s City Library

Sunderland City Council has called time on the City Library in Fawcett Street – setting its closure date for November 19.

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The host, Lee Westwood, at Close House.

British Masters to be held in the North East next year

Lee Westwood is to host the 2017 British Masters at Close House in Newcastle.
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Will you support the campaign? Picture: Press Association.

Caitlin Moran launches crowdfunding bid for more Raised By Wolves

Author Caitlin Moran has launched a Kickstarter campaign to pay for new episodes of her critically acclaimed comedy Raised By Wolves.

30th anniversary of the Arts Studio.
Users Karen Brown and Steven Gallagher with manager Barney Craggs

Sunderland charity celebrates thirty years of making people smile

“The place with the shark in the window” is celebrating a milestone birthday.

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Tommy to get sea hero brother as RNLI artwork plans revealed for Seaham

Tommy to get sea hero brother as RNLI artwork plans revealed for Seaham

Tommy is set to get a sailor brother after an artwork was commissioned from the same artist to immortalise the dedication of lifeboat heroes.

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Spread the Word - it’s nearly time for the new South Shields library to open

Have you ever wanted to star in your own movie, listen to a story under the sea or print your own design?

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Annual Houghton Feast parade in Newbottle Street, Houghton on Saturday.

Houghton Feast celebrations continue with annual parade

Thousands of people lined the streets for the annual Houghton Feast Parade.

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Pal Palmer and his book of cartoons about Sunderland's Barbary Coast

Tributes to artist Bob Palmer who captured Sunderland’s ‘Barbary Coast’

A talented artist who was inspired by his passion for his home city has lost his fight with cancer.

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Comedian Victoria Wood died of cancer in April at the age of 62.

Comedian Victoria Wood's brother postpones biography after 'fat and unhappy' outcry

A new biography of Victoria Wood has been postponed following criticism of a description of her as "fat and unhappy" in her teenage years.

The dress brides have a chance of winning

Win a designer wedding dress at Sunderland bridal fair

Budding brides can find everything they need for the big day under one roof at The Wedding Wonder Show.

Sunderland Illuminations 2016 - Spark Drummers.

Could Sunderland become known as the ‘City of the Light’?

Could Sunderland become known as a City of Light? Light is being considered as one of the themes for Sunderland’s City of Culture 2021 bid. Fresh from a visit to the Illuminations at Roker, bid director Rebecca Ball talks about why the theme may help the city to shine as efforts ramp up to stamp the city on the culture map.

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Great North Snowdog Pawdington is back at the Customs House on the day the theatre launches its panto Jack and the Beanstalk. Fairy Eleanor Chaganis welcomes his back with a swipe of her magic wand.

Pawdington the Snowdog returns home after being attacked by vandals

Pawdington the Snowdog has returned to his spot outside a South Shields theatre after her was damaged by “mindless vandalism”.

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Lucy Hough at Miss Great Britain. Photos by Carro Studio.

Miss Sunderland GB flies the flag at Miss Great Britain

Miss Sunderland GB has been flying the flag for the city at one of the country’s biggest beauty pageants.

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A seal posed for Peter Ridley, from Grangetown, Sunderland, on Hendon Beach.

Seal strikes a pose for Sunderland photographer

A Sunderland photographer got up-close-and-personal with this gorgeous seal when it decided to strike a pose.

Launch of Great North Snowdogs, Sunderland
Yongster Ophelia Wass aged 2

Snowdogs go walkies on Wearside + where to see them in the city

Snowdogs are going walkies on Wearside as a public art trail which encourages people to plot the pooches is unleashed across the region.

Book lending rates are down across Sunderland, following a national trend.

Library’s move to museum could be key to boosting work of both services, say city chiefs

Moving a library from a dedicated building to two rooms of a museum offers “opportunities” to develop its work, according to the councillor charged with leading culture in Sunderland.

Cats. Photo by Alessandro Pinna.

Review: Cats! Cats Everywhere!

Feisty felines were everywhere to be seen as legendary hit show Cats stormed onto Wearside.
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