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He fought Zeppelins, German planes and evaded capture for three months - now a Sunderland war hero has been remembered in a new album

A Sunderland war hero has helped to inspire a hit single - and hopes are high that it will be the same with an album.

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Horses come to the rescue in snow-hit Whitburn in 1916.

How they dealt with winter in Sunderland 100 years ago

If you’re after something of a nostalgic read this season - packed with local facts - there’s a strong candidate from Billy Dent.

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Enter your home into the Stop, Look, Glisten competition.

Do you live in UK’s most festive home? Here’s your chance to win £1,000

If your home is decked out in dazzling decorations this Christmas you could be in with a chance of winning £1,000 as Royal Mail begins its search for the UK’s most festive home.

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The steamer Vind�.

On The Waterfront: Recalling the days of veteran steamers

Nowadays, it’s unusual for elderly merchant ships to trade in UK waters as stringent maritime regulation and inspection regimes are likely to spot deficiencies and lead to detention of offending vessels.

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A decorated Christmas tree.

Gardening: Making your Christmas tree last well beyond the festivities

A real tree or an artificial one? It’s an argument that’s gone on in our house for many years – the other half doesn’t want the bother of the needles, putting it up and disposing of its corpse.

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Gladiators Panther and Wolf at the Central Stores in Sunderland to open its Christmas toys department in 1994.

Meeting the Gladiators while shopping in Sunderland

Gladiators ready?! Echo readers ready!

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The Grand Hotel & Spa, York

Review: The Grand, York + win an afternoon tea for two worth up to £76

Katy Wheeler tries out one of York’s oldest hotels that’s so grand they named it just that.

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Backers of Coventry's bid celebrate success in Hull.

Brave Sunderland loses bid to become UK City of Culture 2021

Sunderland has lost its bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 to Coventry at the final hurdle.
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Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

Food & Drink: Bring a taste of Tuscany to your home - how to make pork tenderloin

Here’s a smart and tasty week-night supper option during December from Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi’s new cook book....
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Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

Food & Drink: Bring a taste of Tuscany to your - how to make pork tenderloin

Here’s a smart and tasty week-night supper option during December from Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi’s new cook book....

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Christmas at the Gendarmenmarkt.

Travel: A sparkling taste of Christmas in Germany’s capital city of contrasts

As the snow began to fall and the sparkling lights glistened on the wooden roofs it was easy to see why thousands of people visit the continent’s Christmas markets each year to add festive sparkle to the seasonal celebrations.
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The Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens. Photo by Iain Cameron

Top tips for visiting Edinburgh’s Christmas attractions

Think you’re a Scrooge? Edinburgh’s Christmas attractions will soon put paid to that.

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Chester Road School.

The Chester Road schooldays which shaped so many lives

Chester Road School left a big impression on George Ford.

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Smiling faces in this Diamond Hall classroom line-up.

Remembering a special teacher from Diamond Hall School in Sunderland

Patricia Winston Hall had a real affinity with children – and with a huge section of Sunderland community life.

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Snowy scenes from Sunderland's past

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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Time lapse of Amaryllis flower.

Gardening: Make sure plants for gifts are sound and disease free

It’s that time of year again – stores that have absolutely no knowledge of selling or looking after plants are full of them – is there any wonder so many of them die after being given as gifts at Christmas?

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The hotel reception.

One reader’s ‘first proper job’ at the Seaburn Hotel

Brenda Calvert loved her time at the Seaburn Hotel.

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Chef Rick Stein.

Food & Drink: Five minutes with... Rick Stein

Rick Stein, the celebrated seafood authority, famous chef and restaurateur extraordinaire – a man who’s travelled the world eating and collecting traditional cooking techniques, magpie-like– claims to be “only a very, very enthusiastic amateur when it comes to Mexican food”.

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Sample the delights of fine food and drink in London.

Travel: Food glorious food and luxury living in the capital

London has been on our ‘to do’ list for a while.

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A DH9 at Hylton Airfield.

The days when fighter pilots aimed pistols at each other

Enormous technical developments have happened in the world of aeroplanes.

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