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In pictures: Winter Olympics inspire snowy memories and recall ski-tastic times in Sunderland

Today we bring you all the thrills and spills of our very own ‘winter sports’ from the past.


Chippy of the Year: Here’s your Top 10 - now choose a winner

We asked you to help us find the best chip shop in the Sunderland area - and how you responded!

The dredger Vedra operating in the Wear during 1971.

How the Wear’s last dredger sealed the fate of a famous Sunderland shipyard

This week, we look at the Wear’s last dredger and how she sounded the death knell for a famous shipyard.

Rose Generation Jardin. Picture by Woolmans

Gardening: Hanging basket lovers in for a treat with blooms

Begonia and hanging basket lovers are in for a treat with the fragrant Sweet Pearl Cascade, a cascading variety launched for this season.


Do you recognise anyone in these Sunderland retro pictures?

There are lots of smiling faces in this week's retro slideshow - but is there anyone you know?


27 amazing aerial photos of Sunderland from the 1930s to the present day

These amazing aerial photographs capture the development of Sunderland from the 1930s until the present day.

Jollies Buses in 1959.

Plenty of room for your Wearside bus memories

Fares please! All aboard for your memories of Wearside’s bus services through the decades.

Table Mountain and colourful houses.

Travel: An enthralling African adventure that will live long in the memory

The first film I saw in cinemascope as a young boy was called Shaka.

The homecoming parade reaches Roker Park in 1973.

A ‘where were you when’ moment for SAFC fans

It’s one of those ‘where were you when’ moments.

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Andrew James Garden Tool Set with Folding Stool and Storage.

Gardening: 5 of the best garden tool sets

We look at 5 of the best garden tool sets

Michel Roux Jnr holding a skrei cod.

Food and drink: Fishing for wild skrei cod in chilly Norwegian waters with chef Michael Roux Jr

It’s rather extraordinary to be 300km north of the Arctic Circle, in the land of the Northern Lights, eating fresh cod – so fresh it was still swimming the fjords a couple of hours ago – with two-Michelin–starred chef Michel Roux Jr. But this isn’t just any old cod (and it’s certainly not battered).

The Old Swan, Harrogate

Win: an overnight break and afternoon tea in Harrogate

Fancy taking afternoon tea for free?


In pictures: Remembering Sunderland’s former Joplings store

It was a Sunderland icon - and soon Joplings department store will be home to new student accommodation.

A scene from the First World War. Like many others, it cost William Stevenson his life. Photo; PA.

The dad-of-three who died at his post in the battlefield

A father-of-three got one last chance to see his beloved wife and children before he died in the most brutal war of all.

The Peacock function room, dressed by BDazzled Florals & Events

Win a wedding reception at Sunderland’s Peacock pub

On the most romantic day of the year we’re giving one lucky couple the chance to enjoy a wedding reception - for free!

The Word

Monsters take over The Word in new exhibition in South Shields

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes – and you can find out all about them at a new exhibition at The Word in South Shields.

Clockwise from top left, Durham Cathedral, Penshaw Monument, Tommy and the Angel of the North.

Poll: What is your favourite North-East landmark?

Thursday, February 15, marks 20 years since the Angel of the North first graced the region's horizon.
The 2nd Durhams  who won so much respect  in the late 1860s.

They were bottle makers, labourers and bank managers - and they became an Army unit which won Royal praise

A Sunderland author has chronicled the history of an Army corps which was made entirely out of volunteers.

Pancake Day is finally here.

Shrove Tuesday: Everything you need to know

It's finally the time of year again when pancakes aren't just for breakfast. As you prepare for many hungry mouths to feed, empty bags of flour and a couple of failed mixture attempts in the bin, we answer everything you need to know about Shrove Tuesday.

A recipe from The Pancake Kitchen in Seaham for Shrove Tuesday. Picture: The Pancake Kitchen.

How to make the perfect pancake for Shrove Tuesday

Elastic waistbands at the ready - one of the most treat-filled days of the year has arrived.

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