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Darts wold champion Martin 'Wolfie' Adams with birthday boy Cameron Anderson.

Sunderland teenager scores star 18th birthday visit from world champion darts player

Cameron Anderson’s birthday celebration scored high with partygoers when a star darts player made a guest appearance.

The Bonny Babies finalists.

Bonny Babies 2017: Vote for your winner

Here they are – your Sunderland Echo Bonny Babies 2017 category winners.

Sunderland Echo Christmas Toy Appeal with children from Sunningale School and Hope 4 Kidz apprentice Shannon Crowden.

Toy appeal: How an extra gift from you could make a child’s Christmas

Today sees the launch of the Echo’s annual Christmas Toy appeal and once again we are asking you to dig deep and buy one extra gift while you are out shopping to help bring a smile to a child’s face.

Sunderland Civic Centre, where children's services are based.

Shocking details of children care reviews show size of task ahead says Sunderland councillor

The magnitude of the task to improve standards of children’s services in Wearside is laid out in the pages of the latest serious case reviews, says an opposition leader.

The display enchanted families across the region.

Thousands of families embrace autumn with visit to Sunderland Illuminations

Families across the North East marked the start of the festive period with an illuminating visit to Sunderland.

Lenny McCourt, who died seven years ago in police custody.

Grandad’s family continue to fight for change to prevent more deaths in custody

The family of a grandfather who died in police custody hope a national review will see other tragedies prevented.

Where will you be watching the fireworks this year?

What's on in the North East this Bonfire Night?

Remember, remember - it's not long until the fifth of November!
What would you say if you had one more minute?

TV ad with Mary Berry and Rio Ferdinand raises awareness about child bereavement

What would you say if you had one more minute? That is the question put to children and parents as part of a new campaign by national charity Child Bereavement UK.
Olivia Violet and Lillie Charlotte, aged 8 months, are ready for Spooky Snaps! Picture: Kayleigh Wright.

Celebrate Halloween 2017 and send us your Spooky Snaps

It’s time to dig out the face paint - Halloween is almost here!

How much do your kids drink each day?

Children drink less than two glasses of water a day

The average child drinks just a quarter of the water they should during the school day, according to new research.

Launching Shotton Little Angels Clare Evans, Zoe Dale and Sam Byson, with a charity football match.

Families reach out to parents also left grieving by loss of babies

Families who have lost a baby are campaigning to give parents like them as much time as they can with their precious child before they say their last goodbye.

Fancy trying out any of these recipes?

National Baking Week: Four super-easy baking recipes for kids

It's National Baking Week! Time to don an apron and get busy in the kitchen.

Andrew and Anne-Marie Calder have told their story as they encourage others to get involved through Adoption Week.

Sunderland couple open up about their adoption experience as call goes out to others

A Sunderland couple who completed their family through adoption have spoken of their experiences as they reach out to others considering doing the same.

Fancy a fright night?

Top 10 spooky Halloween films for kids

Fancy a less-scary movie this Halloween - one the whole family can enjoy?
Dolly Parton will read her Bedtime Story for CBeebies later this month.

Dolly Parton 'honoured' to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story

Singer Dolly Parton could win over some very young fans - reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story.
Billy Purvis the clown entertains spectators at last year's event.

What’s happening and when at the 50th Houghton Feast?

Houghton Feast travels back in time to mark 50 years since the annual celebration was revived in its current format.

Can you help get the cuddly toys home?

Airport seeks to reunite lost teddies with their owners

An airport has launched an appeal to reunite young passengers with hundreds of teddies left behind on their travels.

Have any of your favourites been used as inspiration?

Which TV shows, films and celebrities inspired baby names?

Life imitated art for parents in England and Wales last year, as baby names inspired by TV shows and celebrities proved popular.
Did your baby's name make the list?

These are the most popular names for babies born in 2016

Olivia has replaced Amelia as the most popular name given to baby girls in England and Wales in 2016, official statistics show.

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