KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Sunderland is such a great city to live in

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Over the last week I’ve been watching, with big interest, footage, interviews and debates regarding the EU Referendum.

Now I’m by no means a political expert, in fact my knowledge on the subject is limited, but what I do know is that I want to use my vote, I don’t want to waste it.

My problem is, how on earth do I decide which way to vote? What is it about politicians that makes them completely incapable of answering questions?

I’ve watched loads of videos online to try and get to grips with who the listen to and which party to back, but so far I’m still no further forward. Why on earth can’t they just give a direct answer? It’s totally frustrating...so I’m back to the drawing board this week!

This week I decided to get to grips with the social media app Snap Chat. I’ve always been a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram girl, but now it’s time to have even more fun online with this quirky platform.

I was unsure about it at first, not knowing whether it was worth giving it a shot. Would my business benefit from it? Would it increase the engagement I have with my followers? Well, the Snap Chat deal was sealed for me when my friend and founder of the massively successful Facebook page Sunderland Now, James Procopis, said it was the most up and coming social media platform right now.

James certainly knows his stuff, so it made the decision a no-brainer!

So if you’re on Snap Chat, come and follow me, I’m ‘katiebulmer1’ and I’m using it to post everything like behind the scenes bloopers from Chatty Lasses to healthy recipe ideas and exercises.

Earlier this week I read a post someone put on Facebook, saying that Sunderland was a right dive and that Newcastle and Durham were much better and way more classy. This person actually lives in Sunderland too!

Comments like this really don’t go down well with me at all. We have so much to be proud of in our city. Yes, we may not be as big as Newcastle, but Sunderland is an excellent place to live, bring up a family, eat out and be entertained.

This week I popped into The Bridges, and you can’t deny it is a great place to shop, and it keeps getting better.

They have many major retailers in there and an excellent variety of shops all under one roof, with good parking and access. In addition to an ever improving city centre, there is also massive improvement happening down the sea front, with lots of new, super cool places to eat and the whole beach front looks really beautiful now following the building works and landscaping at Seaburn.

Seriously, what more do people want?

If you think Newcastle or any other city really is so much better than Sunderland, then why not go and live in it, rather than staying in Sunderland and slating it?

While so many people are working extremely hard to constantly improve the city, it’s such a shame that there are still people who want to be negative Nigels and rain on the parade of those who are putting so much energy and effort into making Sunderland the best place it can be.

With this in mind, I’d like to end my column this week by giving a massive shout out to everyone who is pumping major effort, enthusiasm and investment into Sunderland!