Katie Bulmer-Cooke

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Snow brought out best in Sunderland folk

This last week, it’s fair to say that the weather forecasters certainly got it right. The ‘beast from the east’ really has lived up to its name!

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the former Sunderland Fire Station

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Sunderland shines alongside Prince William and Kate

She came, she saw Sunderland and she was welcomed with open arms! The Duchess of Cambridge was everything I hoped a princess would be, and more, when she visited the city last week.

Northern Spire Bridge.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Great to see Sunderland in a positive light on TV

On Thursday I tuned into BBC 2 to watch a full hour of TV dedicated to our city.

Sunderland 1

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Smokers should stick to designated areas

Over the past few months I’ve made almost daily visits to the hospital, and in so doing I’ve met so many extremely hard working medical staff who do such a fantastic job.

Health 2
Shrek The Musical Fairytale characters take residence at Sunderland Empire

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Why the Sunderland Empire is such a great attraction

Last Wednesday I swapped my gym gear and trainers for some ‘normal’ clothes and along with my Dad and my little girl, headed to the Empire Theatre for the opening night of Shrek.

Theatre and Comedy
Jogging is a good way to help stay fit and healthy.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Time to pay yourself a compliment

I can’t believe that January is almost over! For many it will mark the end of a successful attempt at Dry January, which is an excellent achievement with a significantly positive impact on your health, but what’s next?

David Bolt will represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia later this year.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: We have some major talent in Sunderland

The theme of last week’s column was celebrating people in Sunderland who have had great success in their chosen field or done exceptional things, but have kept it fairly quiet, so not many people are aware of them and their story.

Dressmaker Kevin Thornhill with his copies of the wedding dresses worn by Lady Diana and Sarah Ferguson, right.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Shout out about Sunderland’s achievers

If you’re a regular reader of my column you’ll know that I love to celebrate everything that is great about Sunderland, and I thought what better way to kick off the new year than with a celebration of a very cool story that I heard at the end of last year.

Reaction to the failed City of Culture bid inside Pop Recs.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Losing City of Culture bid not the end for Sunderland

I was really hoping to start this week’s column with the words, ‘we did it!’, and use the ensuing 500 words to gush about how we won UK City of Culture 2021. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and instead we pat Coventry on the back and wish them well as winners of the title.

Sunderland will soon learn if it is to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Spain meets Sunderland in new business initiative

Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved in a fantastic programme, run by The North East BIC.

Vicky Pattison (left) and Katie Bulmer-Cooke at the Sleep Out.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Sometimes you have to be a little selfless and put yourself out there

It’s been 3 weeks since I took part in Centrepoint’s Sunderland Sleep Out, at the Stadium of Light, to raise money for young, homeless people right here in Sunderland.

Christmas party season is almost here.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Five tips to avoid gaining weight

Time is ticking ... dare I say it, it’s nearly Christmas, and with that comes the Christmas party season, filled with nights out, more alcohol than usual, chocolate everywhere and several meals out.

Centrepoint sleep out at the Stadium of Light.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Thanks for your help with the Sunderland Sleep Out

I have to start this week’s column by saying a great big thank you to everyone involved in Centrepoint’s Sunderland Sleep Out at the Stadium of Light last Thursday, from those who organised to event and took part, to those who very kindly sponsored me.

Winner's of the Kennel Club award, Doggie Diner 'Owner Adrienne Dickson with Woody

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: A dog’s dinner to remember

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent a little more time down at the beach than normal. Despite summer being the obvious season of choice to spend more time there, I love getting wrapped up in my big coat, pulling on my woolly hat and heading to the sea front when the weather begins to change and it starts to get colder.

The Skinnypigs advert

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Hoping for a happy ending in Skinnypigs Twitter row

I’m a self confessed social media super-fan. I use it every hour of my waking day, it’s a constant source of inspiration and information and it forms a very large part of my business.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Illuminations are a sign of winter

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Illuminations are a sign of winter

Apologies in advance to all the summer lovers, but there is no escaping the fact that winter is well and truly on its way.

Have you been watching Neighbourhood Blues?

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Doing your bit to help others

This week I have been glued to a new show I’ve discovered on the TV, and I’m guessing many people in the city will have seen it too, as most of it is filmed in Sunderland.

Sunderland has submitted its final bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Keeping ‘Negative Nigels’ at bay during Sunderland UK City of Culture 2021 bid

After a lot of preparation, excitement, and I’m sure a lot of hard work, it was great to hear that on Friday the final submission for Sunderland’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 was made.

Keeping fit in a gym.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Finding the time to keep yourself fit

I’ve worked in the health fitness industry for a very long time, over 13 years in fact. I’ve seen fads and fashions come and go.

The North East Business and Innovation Centre.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Sunderland centre is a flagship for business

If you’re a regular reader of my column, you’ll know that I’ve always believed that Sunderland is an excellent place to do business, but after this week I have never been more certain.

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