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MEET the new look Seen in the City, manned by me (Katy) and Echo chum-cum-partner in crime Cara.

As anyone who reads the paper regularly will know, this column’s been going for a couple of years now, but we felt it was ripe for a change.

And the editor agreed to allow us to let rip.

We’ve totally changed the layout and concept of the column so that it’s more interactive – and pinker – than ever before.

Each week we will be telling you about nights out in the city, whether it be at a bar, club night or event.

We’ll also be looking for suggestions from you as to where’s good for a night out, while also telling us about yours.

We want bars, clubs and other venues to drop us a line too and let us know of anything they think will prick our interest.

There’s loads of ways for you to keep in touch with us whether you want to tweet us @Seeninthecity, contact us on our Facebook page by searching “Seen in the City” or by emailing us at

So, a new page needed new pictures and we called upon our very own glam squad to help us look presentable.

Step forward Jodie Breeds from 24 Carat salon in Grangetown, city snapper Scott Spock and make-up maestro Tamzin Cummings, who worked their magic on us to create these launch pics.

Our first port of call in Operation Glam was at Jodie’s salon in Windsor Terrace where she teased our tresses into some TOWIE-esque big waves.

Armed with a giant case of brushes, powders and lotions, Tamzin – a former Miss Sunderland no less – then went to work with our war paint to make sure we looked photo-shoot fresh.

Glammed-up, Scott and his box of props helped to make us look decent – despite a messy night before.

We can’t promise to look as fresh-faced every week as we trawl the city for new places to keep us entertained, but we will do our best to keep you abreast of Sunderland’s night-life scene.