Sunderland's hidden gems and little-known facts

11 of Sunderland's best-kept secrets that even some Mackems have been missing out on

There are some things every Mackem has done - and there are others that everyone from Sunderland should have done, but probably hasn't.

Here we look at some of Sunderland's hidden gems, well-kept secrets and little-known facts which everyone in Sunderland should experience.

Frank Styles' dazzling spray-painted artworks have lit up buildings across the city, gaining national acclaim. It's well worth getting yourself out and about to drink in these wonderful works.

1. Frank Styles' amazing murals

Frank Styles' dazzling spray-painted artworks have lit up buildings across the city, gaining national acclaim. It's well worth getting yourself out and about to drink in these wonderful works.
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Italian restaurants are everywhere you look in Sunderland, but this little family-run gem doesn't need to shout about itself to stand out, with its wonderful food and atmosphere bringing those in the know back again and again.

2. Tosca in Derwent Street

Italian restaurants are everywhere you look in Sunderland, but this little family-run gem doesn't need to shout about itself to stand out, with its wonderful food and atmosphere bringing those in the know back again and again.
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It's a festive favourite, proved a hit for both Gracie Fields and the Beverley Sisters, and is sung by thousands of schoolchildren across the country each year. And it was composed by Sunderland's own, late, great Eric Boswell.

3. The writer of the Little Donkey was from Sunderland

It's a festive favourite, proved a hit for both Gracie Fields and the Beverley Sisters, and is sung by thousands of schoolchildren across the country each year. And it was composed by Sunderland's own, late, great Eric Boswell.
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Everyone here knows George Washington's ancestors lived in our Washington. But did you know the family coat of arms features stars and red and white stripes? A resemblance to a certain flag, and a certain football team's colours.

4. The secrets of the Washington Coat of Arms

Everyone here knows George Washington's ancestors lived in our Washington. But did you know the family coat of arms features stars and red and white stripes? A resemblance to a certain flag, and a certain football team's colours.
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