11 reasons why 2018 was a bumper year for Sunderland

The last 12 months have flown by in a blink - and it's hard to believe that 2018 is nearly at its end.

Sunday, 23rd December 2018, 4:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 3:59 pm
It's been a busy year in Sunderland - here we look at some of the highlights.

As we move into the final days of the year and prepare for the countdown to 2019, we've taken a look back at some of the highlights from Sunderland's year. It's been a year of landmark occasions for the city, including the opening of a new bridge, a royal visit and playing host to the Tall Ships Races. Here are 11 reasons why 2018 was a bumper year across Wearside.

Families from across the North East flocked to the bridge when it finally opened to the public in August. It has become the tallest structure in the region.
Museum creator Michael Ganley was handed the keys to the museum's new base in 2017, but the doors opened to the public this year.

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The 2017/18 season was a heartbreaking one for SAFC fans. But, the sale and takeover of the club heralded a fresh start.
It's a highlight in the city's calendar each year, but the 2018 show was the 30th anniversary spectacular. A huge milestone, despite the blustery weather.
A visit from William and Kate in February marked a huge day for the city. The couple went to The Fire Station and Northern Spire.
Sunderland was the starting port for this year's Tall Ships Races, marking a huge summer of culture for the city. Thousands watched the vessels sail away.
At this year's Best of Wearside Awards, Bradley's name was added to the prize honouring children of courage across the city.
The West End and Broadway smash enjoyed a huge run of shows in the city, receiving the true green carpet treatment.
Two Lions Roar! Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford flew the flag for Sunderland at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Though not in Sunderland, Seaham's tribute to fallen soldier's for Armistice 100 touched hearts across Wearside, the North East and beyond.
The eight-part documentary by Fulwell 73 has struck a chord with football fans across the country. It reminds us of a tough season - but we're looking forward to a series two!