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10 things almost everyone in Sunderland should have done by the age of 40

We're a proud city by the sea with a wealth of traditions, and there are some activities, foods and pass times almost everyone from Sunderland has indulged in at some point.

Here are 10 things we reckon almost everyone in Sunderland will have done by the time they're 40.

Or at least been for a paddle. Sunderland was once a booming beach resort town, and even in the days of overseas holidays it can still hold its own as a day trip destination for sand seekers - especially after the revamp work and great new businesses which have opened in recent years.

1. Swam in the North Sea

Or at least been for a paddle. Sunderland was once a booming beach resort town, and even in the days of overseas holidays it can still hold its own as a day trip destination for sand seekers - especially after the revamp work and great new businesses which have opened in recent years.
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Even if you're not a massive football fan, it's hard to avoid the buzz around Sunderland's beloved football team - including the ecstasy when the Black Cats have been promoted, and the sad faces when they've faced the drop.

2. Seen Sunderland promoted - and relegated

Even if you're not a massive football fan, it's hard to avoid the buzz around Sunderland's beloved football team - including the ecstasy when the Black Cats have been promoted, and the sad faces when they've faced the drop.
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A North East delicacy if ever there was one, and unless you've been vegetarian since birth you've probably sampled this classic hot sandwich. Probably from a branch of Dicksons.

3. Eaten a saveloy dip

A North East delicacy if ever there was one, and unless you've been vegetarian since birth you've probably sampled this classic hot sandwich. Probably from a branch of Dicksons.
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It's one of the highest spots in the town, and seeing the monument on the skyline after a long drive is a sign you're almost home, so scaling Penshaw Hill is an challenge which will make you proud to be a mackem. Once you get your breath back, that is.

4. Climbed the steps to Penshaw Monument

It's one of the highest spots in the town, and seeing the monument on the skyline after a long drive is a sign you're almost home, so scaling Penshaw Hill is an challenge which will make you proud to be a mackem. Once you get your breath back, that is.
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