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Contents 07 HALF-TERM TIME FUN ACROSS THE CITY There’s loads to do with the kids in Sunderland – don’t miss out.



14 FEMALE FASHION Grab the bunting and raise a cup of tea to the 1950s as R&R’s Andrea Thurlbeck takes a look at some fabulous vintage fashions in Jubilee year.


A look at the links between the city and the country’s favourite soap.

Taking a look at the latest colouring trends for hair and also how to get A-List brows.



Stretch your legs with an easy local walk.

One of the region’s top dental consultants reveals his fresh breath guide and the secret to a Hollywood smile.

12 NEWS ROUND-UP Catch up on the news.


22 CRIMES OF YESTERYEAR Former Tyne Tees TV and Sunderland Echo crime reporter Nigel Green delves into the grisly crimes of the city’s past.

25 LIFE Sunderland business Bluebird Care is serving up a lifeline to people in need across the city.

26 LOCAL HERITAGE How the philanthropy of the Victorians helped the needy in the city – with a little Royal help!

28 COMMUNITY SPORT Sunderland’s prestigious Ashbrooke Sports Club marks a major milestone with a programme of events.

30 INTERIORS Best of British to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

34 BEAUTY What’s new and R&R beauty columnist Amanda Bell, make-up artist to the stars, passes on some tips.

36 PROPERTY Ashbrooke heats up in the housing market. Expert Paul Airey explains all.

38 MENS FASHION What’s hot this summer.

40 SPORT Durham’s t20 cricket season gets underway and star player Ben Stokes explains why t20 is pulling in the crowds. Plus WIN a pair of season tickets!







A round-up of the latest business and enterprise news in and around Sunderland.

R&R catches up with West End legends Marti Webb and Dave Willetts as they kick off rehearsals for 42nd Street which comes to the Empire in July.

Football writer for the Guardian and The Independent and former Sunderland Echo cricket correspondent Tim Rich looks back over Sunderland AFC’s eventful season.

45 LEGAL How a legal power of attorney can protect you in your hour of need.

46 WIN WIN WIN WITH R&R Win an amazing VIP overnight luxury stay on your doorstep at Seaburn’s four star Marriott hotel and the chance to win one of six pairs of tickets to the four-day Willowman music festival in North Yorkshire.


48 ENTERTAINMENT Going out or staying put – your guide to the latest gigs, movies, CDs and DVDs.

50 STADIUM SPECIAL Coldplay, Springsteen and Red Hot Chili Peppers will rock the Stadium of Light in June. Read R&R’s mini-guide to the stars and WIN VIP packages to see Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers in style.

52 WHAT’S ON Read what’s happening in and around the city from spectacular shows and live gigs to exhibitions.

57 MOTORS A peak at the new Mini and Aston Martin marks its centenary.


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Looking for something to do as a family during the holidays? Take a look at the Sunderland Families Information Service Directory. It’s a great place to find activities and events. Simply visit the website and search by postcode, date or even category, for example ‘leisure and recreation’. Telephone: 0191 520 5505 Facebook:

Visit today and see how simple and useful it really is.

Family fun for all The countdown is on to half-term time fun and the good news is that there’s plenty to see and do across the city hether you’re nine or nineteen, there’s a range of things to do to make the most of your time off, from open air movies and fireworks to live music and a proms picnic in the park! Helping to steer you through the best of what’s on offer is the Sunderland Families Information Service – the experts on all things family related from school holiday activities and after school clubs to childcare options and even advice about benefit entitlement. Their directory, at, is a great place to find out about activities and events for kids aged up to 19, and using it is simply child’s play! Simply go to the website and search by postcode, date or category to find out the best of what’s on offer across the city. Meanwhile people of all ages can enjoy the Jubilee Celebration Event on Monday


June 4 at Cliffe Park, between 1pm and 10.15pm, complete with live music, open air movies and a fireworks display. Or get creative a make a giant Jubilee card for the Queen at libraries across the city between Monday 4 and Friday June 8. You can join the Pick n Mix film club at the Arts Centre Washington every Saturday at 2pm for some of the best in kid’s movies for £3. While on Sunday June 10 you can head to Mowbray Park between 12noon and 6pm for a Proms Picnic and enjoy a range of live music from big band to choral. Also take a look at our What’s On section, on pages 52 to 55, for more details on events in the city


Coronation Street is one of the country’s best-loved soaps, clocking up more than 50 years of episodes since the first one was broadcast back in 1960. Now as Britain’s longest-running soap is set to come alive in a new musical production, Street of Dreams, city-based Corrie blogger Glenda Young takes a look at the soap’s links to Sunderland over the years. f you’re a soap fan you might have heard Sunderland mentioned on Coronation Street recently. One of the main Corrie characters, bookie Peter Barlow, was planning a naughty night away with his lover Carla Connor and he lied to his wife Leanne, saying he had to stay overnight in Sunderland to see a man about a greyhound! But it’s not the first time that Sunderland has been mentioned on Coronation Street. Back in 2006, factory girl Jessie Jackson left the cobbles for a bumpy landing thanks to some out-of-date research in the scriptwriting department. Jessie told the Corrie factory girls she’d landed a job as a trolley dolly with Majestic Airlines flying "from Sunderland". I bet Nissan were a bit surprised! Once you scratch the surface then you find even more connections between Corrie and Sunderland, with some of the Street’s leading men being born and bred here. How many of these can you remember?


Alan Browning Born in Sunderland, he played Elsie Tanner's on-screen husband Alan Howard and in reallife was married to the actress who played Elsie, Pat Phoenix. William Russell Born in Sunderland, he played Rita's second husband, Ted Sullivan, who died of a brain tumour. Russell was also one of the four original cast members of Doctor Who in 1963, starring opposite William Hartnell as the Doctor for the first two seasons of the legendary series. Malcolm Terris Born in Sunderland, he played Eric Firman, owner and head of Firman's Freezers. In real life before going to drama school, Malcolm started out as a reporter on the Sunderland Echo. Ian Embleton Ian, who played Des Barnes’ brother, was born in Jarrow and grew up in Boldon.

Ian Embleton Peter Barlow (centre) with wife Leanne (left) and lover Carla


And there are even more connections between Salford and Sunderland. The Coronation Street spin-off DVD ‘Romanian Holiday’ was a Corrie caper set in Transylvania and released in 2009. Both Sunderland football club and FA Cup winning Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe get a warm and friendly mention in the do start to wonder if Corrie has recruited some Mackems to the writing team! Back in 2008, Michael Le Vell, who plays Corrie garage owner Kevin Webster, also donated one of Kevin’s outfits from the soap to raise funds for a charity for young, homeless people in Sunderland. The outfit was auctioned off to raise money for the charity at the Black Bull pub. And there’s been a recent saucy Street revelation when the tabloids reported that Coronation Street actor Jimmi Harkishin, who plays corner shop owner Dev Alahan, had been spotted out on the town in London with Sunderland porn star Kat Lee. Meanwhile Bruce Jones, who played Corrie layabout Les Battersby, swapped the Rovers Return for Agadoo in Vine Place when he opened up his own Sunderland bar with Black Lace singer Dene Michael.

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And Sunderland band The Toy Dolls released a song about Coronation Street’s Miss Sexy Specs herself, femme fatale Deirdre Barlow. The song was called, “Deirdre’s a Slag” and released in 1984. The song takes a pop at Deirdre Barlow and the blokes in her life – Ray, Mike and Ken. And finally, I’m indebted to Colin Randall, editor of SAFC fanzine Salut! Sunderland for this wonderful snippet about Coronation Street actor Joe Simpson who was once booed by 47,000 Mackems at the Stadium of Light. Why did Joe deserve all that grief? The poor fella had only been invited onto the pitch at half-time in a match against Ipswich in the 2001-2 season, to make the half-time lottery draw. But he was introduced to the crowd by his Corrie character persona “the evil Alex Swinton” and the crowd rose to the bait with a chorus of pantomime booing. He didn’t mind though – Joe is a Sunderland fan and took it all in good spirit.

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Go wild and explore Sunderland’s green spaces and easy-to-visit countryside places. Enjoy a breath of fresh air on your doorstep with this useful guide

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Look out for the locally rare dingy skipper and northern brown argus. At dusk you may even catch a glimpse of Daubenton’s bats feeding over the ponds.

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Where to start? To find Warden Law Nature Reserve follow the signs for Karting North East off the A690 at Houghton-le-Spring, along the B1404 and on to Salter’s Lane. Grid reference NZ372505. Parking is at the discretion of Karting North East. Please enter the Nature Reserve on foot only, via the stiles.

Common Frog February - September Outside the breeding season, common frogs live a solitary life in damp places near ponds or marshes or in long grass.

Dingy Skipper May - June A small brown butterfly often mistaken for a moth likes open and sunny habitats such as quarries, waste ground and railway lines.

Common Blue Damselfly May - October Often seen skimming low over large expanses of water that have plenty of marginal vegetation.

Common Centaury June - September Common in grasslands and sand dunes, these small pink flowers have five petals and its leaves are distinctly elliptical in shape.

Yellow-wort June - November Yellow flowers with distinct triangular leaves joined round the stem. Has a wide ranging habitat but likes lime rich soils.

Common Blue July - August Brightly coloured males are conspicious but females are more secretive. Normally found in a variety of grasslands.


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NEWS ROUND-UP Diamond celebrations for the city

Serving up a treat for all the family FOOD LOVERS will be licking their lips when the flavours of the north come together for a new food and drink festival in the city. The Delicious North East Food and Drink Festival is being held at Nissan over the weekend of July 14 and 15 and is expected to attract thousands of visitors from the region and beyond. CBBC Gastronuts presenter Stefan Gates will be performing in his Gastronaut Live show, while visitors can also enjoy live demonstrations from leading regional chefs including Kenny Atkinson from Rockcliffe Hall, Bob Arora of Sachins and Dave Coulson of the Castle Eden Inn.

For those more interested in the tasting rather than the making, there are three pop-up restaurants to choose from including contemporary Italian cuisine from Amore of Sunderland, sizzling grills from Liberty Brown and the finest Punjabi food from Sachins of Newcastle. There’ll also be a delicious range of food and drink stalls show-casing the best of the north as well as a Real Ale and Cider experience in association with CAMRA. Tickets for the first Delicious Festival will be priced at £5 for adults if prebooked and £7 on the day. Under 16s are free. For more information visit or for exhibitor information contact Callaghan Marketing on 0191 305 5090.

Stay healthy PARENTS across the city are being urged to ensure their children have had their primary immunisations – including the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine – after outbreaks of these preventable infections. The advice from health experts in NHS South of Tyne and Wear follows outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough


across the country, mainly among unvaccinated individuals. Parents are being urged to contact their GP to arrange for their child to be immunised or to check whether they are up to date with all vaccinations. For more information, contact your GP or visit NHS Choices website at

SUNDERLAND is to host the city’s first ever Tattoo as part of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The spectacular event on Saturday June 30 will feature marching bands, a cadet challenge and music and dancing. There will also be a rousing flag-waving finale, featuring musical favourites from Last Night of the Proms. Tickets for the event in St Peter's Square, at the University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus, cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 14s for the 7.30pm evening performance, and £5 for adults and free for under 14s for the 2.30pm dress rehearsal. They are available from artscentrewashington, the Tourist Information Centre in Fawcett Street and Arts Centre Washington.

Return of the ocean A CITY centre Freedom Parade is to be held to mark HMS Ocean's return to Sunderland. Starting at the Civic Centre in Burdon Road and led by The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, more than 200 members of her crew are expected to parade through the city centre on the afternoon of May 26. The day after, Sunday May 27, HMS Ocean will be open for guided tours between 10am to 4pm at Corporation Quay, West Gate. Admission is free. HMS Ocean saw active service off the coast of Libya last year when she was a platform for Apache attack helicopters.

Stick your oar in for charity THE CITY’S Herrington Country Park will be awash with dragon boats as part of a summer festival. The Rotary Club of Seaburn has teamed up with the City of Sunderland to organise the race day on Sunday June 17 as part of the Sunderland Festival at the park. The race event will raise much-needed funds for charities across the region and Seaburn Rotary is looking for retailers, banks, local businesses and groups of friends to showcase their competitive spirit by entering a team into the Dragon Boat Race. The event is part of Sunderland City Council’s Summer Festival, which also features movies, live music and a food and drink village.

Sunderland school’s got talent! THE SEARCH is on for creative secondary school students to help raise awareness of using water wisely. Northumbrian Water has launched a competition to produce a three-minute play, poem, song, rap or animation to promote the ‘hot topic’ of water efficiency. Pupils have to upload their performances to YouTube by Friday June 29 and the winner of each category will win £1000 for their school. There are three age categories for judging: key stage three (11 to 14 years), key stage four (14 to 16 years) and sixth form (16 to 18 years). Judging will be based on the

So you wanna be a Record Breaker? THE CHALLENGE is on - have you got what it takes to be part of a World Record attempt here in the city? As part of the Sunderland in 2012 celebration event at Herrington Country

To register for the race contact Rotarians Peter Calvert on 528 5446 or John Lipscombe on 537 2145 or go to Each team of up to 20 people will be required to pay an entry fee of £17.50 to compete in the race. They are also asked to raise a minimum of £1,000 (£50 each) for their own chosen local charity.

number of hits the performance receives on YouTube and also on the comments and marks given by a panel of judges. For further information about the competition email

Sunderland textile artist recreates medieval embroidery CITY textile artist and embroiderer Ruth O’Leary has helped recreate a lost banner dedicated to St Cuthbert for Durham Cathedral. The original banner was destroyed in the Reformation but a detailed description of it survived, which Sunderland-based embroiderer Ruth used for inspiration – taking more than 800 hours to complete by hand. The banner was given a contemporary twist with local meadow flowers weaved into the design and gold highlights, beadwork and appliquéd detail was added. Ruth said: “It was a great honour to be chosen to embroider something which will be used in such an amazing setting for so many years to come.” The banner will hang at the entrance of St Cuthbert’s shrine in the heart of Durham Cathedral.

Thornhill chemistry teacher Amer Sheikh with pupils Rachael, Beth and Holly (L to R) who make up the educational hip hop group The Word.

Park on June 16, the city is going to attempt to break a Hula Hoop World Record, which currently stands at 2,492 people hula hooping continuously for two minutes. To secure a place as one of the 3,000 people taking part, you need to complete a registration form by June 1. Contact 0191 534 8526 for more details.


Fabulous fifties The fifties was the decade of the hourglass silhouette – when women looked at their most feminine and fabulous.

Ebony wears David Fielden black embroidered bustier top £19.95 black Vivienne Westwood trousers £29.95 leather gloves £14.95




Frankii and Felicity wear Recoco Rock playsuits in black leopard print and flamingo print £60 each

t’s a classic look that has survived the decades – with everything from the cult TV show Mad Men to the more recent burst in popularity of Burlesque, keeping fifties glamour very much a part of popular culture. As the nation gets gripped with nostalgia and patriotism surrounding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there’s never been a better time to revisit this amazing fashion period. And there are plenty of options in Sunderland to create your very own tribute to the fifties – from the vintage options offered at the likes of Corner 93, to the fabulous designed frocks and playsuits sold at Hustler Fashion to high street options at Debenhams. So neaten and tighten your waistline, accentuate your bust and hips and recreate that demure and polish of the 1950s.

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Hustler Fashion

Gretchen wears Jen Johnson black polka wiggle dress £50 and Frankii wears Jen Johnson blue floral swing dress £50 and Tiki Tearaway hair clip from £6


(from left to right) Frankii wears Debut Floral Print Prom Dress £90 Ebony wears H! by Henry Holland Ivory Spot Prom Dress £38 Felicity wears Red Herring Floral Print Prom Dress £45 and Gretchen wears Principles Ben de Lisi Brady Print Crop Trousers £32 and Broidery tie front top £25



Frankii and Ebony wear Recoco Rock playsuits in black leopard print £60 and Frankii also wears matching skirt wrap £32 (or sold as set with playsuit for £80)

Gretchen wears H! by Henry Holland Daisy Print Tie Top £22 H! by Henry Holland Stretch Ankle Grazer £25




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Frankii wears Debut Red Dress £85 and Debut Britannia Bow Band £35



Felicity wears Collectif Navy and Black polka dress £30 Hustler Fashion

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Felicity, Frankii and Ebony all wear Recoco Rock playsuits, with matching skirt wraps, as before

Ebony wears Jen Johnson floral tea dress £50 Felicity wears Jen Johnson red strawberry swing dress £50 Hustler Fashion

Hustler Fashion

(from left to right) Frankii wears Jen Johnson floral wiggle dress £50 Ebony wears Jen Johnson floral tea dress £50 Felicity wears Jen Johnson red strawberry swing dress £50 and Gretchen wears Jen Johnson floral tea dress £50

MODELS: Many thanks to models Felicity Switch and Gretchen Tice, from the Coquette Collective and Frankii Wilde and Ebony Silk from the Headline Honeys. PHOTOGRAPHER: Thanks to Samantha Jamieson, of Wicked Heart Photography. (email: CLOTHES: Hustler Fashion, 9 Norfolk Street, Sunniside, Sunderland (0191 565 7118). Corner 93, Station Road, Fulwell (0191 548 5778). Debenhams, The Bridges. VENUE: Thanks to June at Serendipity Tea Rooms, in Frederick Street.


mmonia, a chemical that has been used in colouring treatments for decades, is the main culprit. The smell is noxious – burning your nose when inhaled, and your scalp if left on too long. The process also dries out your tresses, making hair more vulnerable to splitting. However there is now an alternative to blocking your nose and getting on with it, in the shape of L’Oreal’s INOA (short for Innovation No Ammonia). Beauty editors and stylists alike seem to be sticking to their guns about this new ammonia-free hair colour. It’s been the hot topic of beauty magazines worldwide and the darling of many a colour technician, but is by no means the first ammonia-free dye to be used in a salon.


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Ammonia-free products have in fact been established for many years, so it takes something revolutionary to create a buzz in the world of hair colour. L’Oreal is touting a new technology called ODS – Oil Delivery System – that uses oil molecules to more gently open the hair shaft to absorb the dye. It is this ODS technology which ensures INOA is gentle on the scalp and hair. After application, hair is left with a smooth finish, a softer touch, radiant shine and more importantly, protected. INOA helps to maintain the hair’s natural levels of essential amino acids and lipids which is, in simple terms, all the natural good stuff in your hair! And unlike other brands of ammonia free dyes, INOA can achieve a huge range of colours - from natural shades and cool tones through to fashion colours and vibrant, warm hues. It can also lighten up to three levels and promises perfect even coverage from root to tip – whether you want a full colour change, cover your white hair; or to simply update your look. Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Reds on 0191 511 0288.


A-List brows

Eyebrows are often a neglected area of many a woman’s beauty regime ome have over-plucked, waxed and shaped for years and have little brow left while others just don’t bother tending to their brows and end up with a mono-brow Noel Gallagher would be proud of. With eyebrows being hot news, it’s time to tame, tease and tint to make the most of them and, as a focal point of the face, it’s important that eyebrows should always be perfectly preened to accentuate your features. The latest eyebrow craze to surpass threading – a traditional technique where the therapist holds cotton in her fingers and teeth to trap and remove hairs – is the A-List favourite High Definition Brows, known as HD Brows. This highly-skilled process involves a seven-step procedure where, after a shape consultation, the therapist uses a mixture of


techniques including threading, tweezing, plucking and tinting to perfect and define your brows. The results are incredible, instantly lifting the face and highlighting the cheekbones. So what makes HD Brows so special and superior to other methods? Nicola Caffery, Beauty Manager at Reds, suggests: “It focuses on long-term design rather than immediate hair removal and brow tidying. “Having the right appearance is everything, so it is important to take the time to nurture the brows into their ideal shape. “HD brows is an eyebrow treatment that gives the client a holistic pampering experience, and also educates in how to maintain the brows between visits.” Not only a hit on the high street, HD

brows have gathered a huge celebrity following. With Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox both sporting the HD style, the darker, fuller, stronger and more defined look is set to last. Of course, the full-on power brow isn’t for everyone, and may be a little too dark and bold for your colourings or taste, but the HD Brow service can be tailored to your needs. The highly-trained HD technicians at Reds can use a lighter tint to suit paler complexions, or blondes who want a less extreme look, meaning that you can still have the High Definition brow look, but with a more delicate finish. Or if you’re a blonde who likes to make a statement, don’t be shy to go for the full-on bold brow – it may look more striking than you expect!

Going straight in Sunderland

Clinicians Oliver Bailey and Nicola Peverley

A healthy, good-looking, natural smile is not just something for the lucky few, but something everyone can enjoy. re you living your life with twisted crooked teeth? Do you avoid a beaming smile on photos or shy away from the camera? Well it may seem like an impossible dream, but living your life with a straight smile is much more achievable than you might think. What’s more, straight teeth treatment is available here in the heart of the Sunderland, at Olivers Dental Studio. Many people think tooth straightening treatments can only be carried out for children but this is not the case – in fact 99% of patients who visit Olivers for help are adults. Clinicians Oliver Bailey and Nicola Peverley at Olivers have trained extensively to bring a wide range of treatments to correct twisted crooked teeth for all patients. They even use the same innovative ‘invisible’ techniques that celebrities Cheryl Cole and Tom Cruise have used to straighten their teeth, with impressive results. Oliver Bailey said: “With so many straight teeth systems on the market these days it’s so important to get the right



help and advice to choose the right system that will work best for you. “For example do you want something that is discreet when in place but takes a little longer to get results?

“Or do you want something a little bulkier but works more quickly? Does it need to be removable or would you be happy with something fixed? “Having straight teeth is more than just a cosmetic boost – it can lift a person’s confidence and change their whole outlook on life.” Talking about the new invisible options that have achieved celebrity status, Nicola Peverley added: “Invisalign aligners are completely invisible and they are perfect to fit into your every day lifestyle without others even noticing you are wearing them.” It’s never too late to live your life with beautiful straight teeth. Olivers are giving away a free consultation with Oliver and Nicola to the first five callers. Simply ring 0191 543 7641 and take that first step in changing your life forever!

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The fresh breath guide... THIRTY years of looking into people’s mouths gives me a definite head start when it comes to spotting bad breath. Most people don’t even know if they have it but boy oh boy it’s not fun for your friends when you do! The vast majority of sufferers of bad breath (halitosis) have stagnation of some shape or form within their mouths. Most commonly gum disease is the culprit but untreated dental cavities will harbour large numbers of bacteria that can put you at risk. At the heart of the problem is a build-up of bacteria, which, like any other living thing, produce waste products that are not in the Channel No5 category of pleasant smells. Adding to the problem can be mouth dryness from certain medications and also sinusitis and throat infections. A percentage of halitosis cases are also

dietary related – yes folks, that’s you lovers of chicken Kiev and curry I’m pointing at! Add to the mix heavy smoking and we have a recipe for your friends taking a step back as you walk in the room. However you can take steps to get nice fresh breath and a queue of new friends… • Firstly make sure you have beautifully clean teeth and disease free gums. A trip to a dental hygienist is the biggest favour a halitosis sufferer could do for themselves. • Have your teeth checked for cavities and infection by your dentist. • Brush the back of your tongue as well as your teeth, as tongues attract bugs. • And the big one - stop smoking. It makes a huge difference to mouth freshness and it might add 10 years to your life and give you some money to enjoy it.

DURING April, we helped over 50 patients through our Tooth Ache Crisis Clinic. It’s not nice seeing someone suffering in pain and it is so rewarding when a patient comes to us and we can put them at ease, offer help and send them on their way pain free. Our tooth crisis service is particularly valuable for people with a busy lifestyle. We have helped so many business people by treating their dental problem promptly, reducing time away from the work place. We often receive calls from patients who are in a great deal of distress with dental pain – many who are also very nervous, having not seen a dentist in years. The good news is our amazing reception team are highly skilled in dealing with problems quickly and sympathetically and will allocate an appointment on the same day. Our dentists understand patients may be nervous but our job is to help overcome dental anxieties too! The Tooth Crisis Clinic service is available to everyone and covers most dental problems that are causing immediate discomfort such as toothache, sore gums, broken teeth or loose crowns. The service is available six days a week including Saturday morning and late evenings Monday and Wednesday until 7pm. Olivers Dental is based onwe We also offerStudio a guarantee that Durham Road, East Herrington. will see you within 59 minutes of your Opening are: arrival or hours the visit is free! Monday and Wed: 8.30am to 7pm Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm Don’t 9am let tooth ache spoil your day – Saturday: to 1pm our reception team are waiting to help! You can contact Olivers on 0191 543 7641 and for more information visit Joanne Barella, Business Manager,


Former Sunderland Echo and Tyne Tees journalist Nigel Green is releasing his best-selling book Tough Times and Grisly Crimes on the internet. The book delves into some of old Northumberland and County Durham’s worst crimes. Here we take a look at the bizarre murder of a Sunderland prostitute.



The murder of a prostitute by a drunken seaman may not sound particularly unusual for a busy seaport like Sunderland in the 19th Century...

ut the stabbing of Maria Fitzsimmons by Thomas Fury was to be one of the most bizarre cases in the files of Sunderland police. As well as the murderer confessing to his crime more than 13 years on, he was to leave a fascinating insight into the perils of alcohol in Victorian England. The tragic tale began on the night of February 19 1869, when Fury, a young ship’s cook, had gone ashore in Sunderland after a heavy-drinking session. While touring the pubs in the town, he met up with Maria, a woman who was described by police as a “disorderly character” having appeared before the courts 23 times. After yet more to drink, the pair went back to her lodgings in the slum area of Baines Lane, in the East End. The street was half-way through being demolished for what would later be James Williams Street. Fury was so drunk he collapsed onto the bed. When he came round, he found his pockets had been emptied. He confronted Maria, accusing her of robbing him.



The couple screamed abuse at each other before Fury pulled out a knife and thrust it into her chest 10 times, before leaving her to die on the floor. With his clothes heavily blood-stained, the young sailor staggered out of the slum and made his way back to his ship, throwing

his shirt into the river on the way. Once back, he bragged to his fellow crewmen of having been in a punch-up, the blood being that of a man he had beaten. Maria’s body was not found until the next night, by which time Fury and his ship were back out at sea.

Despite extensive investigations by police, the killer’s identity remained a mystery. And so it would have remained had it not been for Fury’s arrest in 1879 for a robbery in Norwich. He was sent to Pentonville Prison for 15 years and during his time in jail, the appalling food and conditions brought on an illness, which left him close to death. Suffering nightmares about dying and going to Hell, Fury asked a prison guard if he could have a pencil and some paper as he had something important to write down. Thinking little of it, the guard agreed to his request. A few hours later, Fury handed over a sheet of paper confessing to the murder 13 years earlier. The prisoner knew only too well that the confession would send him to the gallows but his proximity to death had filled him with a desire to purge his soul.

..Fury pulled out a knife and thrust it into her chest 10 times... As he entered Durham Assizes on April 27, 1882, he smiled at the crowd in the public gallery and, after the death sentence was passed by Mr Justice Williams, Fury tossed a bundle of papers to reporters in the press box. The journalists scrambled to pick up the writings, which turned out to be a detailed account of the murder and a long lecture on the perils of alcohol. The detailed autobiography showed Fury to be an intelligent and articulate man who had travelled all over the world, only to fall victim to the curse of drinking. His confession read: “I stand charged with the most serious crime which it is thought possible for a man to commit against that society of which you gentlemen form a part.” After a description of his crimes, he regressed to his childhood: “Gentlemen, my father was a drunkard and my mother forced to become one.

“The poor woman was held down by her relatives as they poured rum down her throat until she promised to be more friendly - a queer sociability you may think in this, a Christian land. “As for myself, I know I was a raving drunk before I had reached my eighth birthday and was repeatedly drunk by the time I was 10. “As I grew into adulthood, I began to hate alcohol as I realised its effects on me were to have an irresistible desire to cause injury to others who had given me no provocation.” Fury then described his many voyages to and from China, in which he concludes that, for seamen, particularly those from Sunderland, drink was “the only purpose in life”. He added: “I have been in prison for more than 13 years out of my last 18 and, during that time, I have only met one prisoner whose crime was not carried out while he was under the influence of drink.” The writings stretched to more than 40 paragraphs. As he was led from the dock, he shouted his last words to the court: “Tis Heaven each passion sends and different men directs to different ends.” For Fury such a lesson came too late but, as he was led away to be executed, he

hoped his message might at least save others from a similar fate. ALCOHOL was often used by the poorest sections of society to numb the pain of everyday life. In Victorian and Edwardian England, drink was cheap and easy to access. Men, women and even children could be found drunk on the streets at all hours. And the North East had the worst record of drunkenness in the country. Sunderland was a particularly bad town. In the late 19th Century, 150 ships and boats would come in on each tide. The crews joined the town's shipyard and other manual workers who needed to quench their thirsts. In 1890, there were 500 pubs in Sunderland. From the foot of High Street to Sans Street alone, there were no fewer than 100! Even the police were renowned for drinking heavily. Tough Times and Grisly Crimes is available to buy online as an e-book for Kindle/e-reader from For more information visit


Letting mistakes can be costly Even experienced landlords can make mistakes when it comes to letting property which can easily find them on the wrong side of the law. HERE are many regulations that need to be complied with if you’re looking to become a landlord and failure to do so can result in fines or in the very worst cases even prison! This year alone, new rules came in governing how deposits are handled and landlords now need to prepare energy performance certificates for their properties. Local authorities are also tightening health and safety inspections on private rented property and eviction notices could now be invalid if served in the wrong way. That’s not to mention the heavy legislation governing gas and electricity safety. Charter surveyor and letting agent Phil White of Newscar Lettings said: “Landlords


also fall down by letting to problem tenants after failing to get references, while some make the mistake of getting too close to their tenants. It helps to have a good relationship with tenants but this can sometimes work against you when it comes to chasing arrears. “Many people also lose out on valuable profit by charging too little rent while other landlords lose out by being too greedy and having an empty property. Getting the market rental price right from the start is crucial.” Probably the biggest mistake Newscar encounters from amateur landlords is failing to get formal agreements in place. Phil added: “Before landlords come to us, many have downloaded tenancy

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Making sure patients are treated as people Living with an illness or a condition that requires extra care is always a challenge, both physically and emotionally. t impacts massively on people’s lives, often causing huge disruption, frequent hospital or clinic visits and in extreme circumstances can lead to loss of independence. But in the heart of the city, Bluebird Care is helping to provide a vital lifeline to families and individuals across Sunderland, delivering individually-tailored care within people’s homes. Modern advances in medicine mean that we are living healthier and longer lives. But the reality is that there are still times when we need extra care or support for either ourselves or our loved ones. Most people choose to ideally have that support within their own home, maintaining a sense of dignity, independence and crucially ‘normality’ to their lives as they cope with the extra demands their illness or frailty may put on them. Years ago family members living close by and strong community ties helped to provide that vital network of support to individuals in need. But more recently, due to the ever-


increasing demands on people’s time coupled with geographically-scattered families and splintered communities, that network has all but disappeared. Helping to fill that gap and provide a personal hands-on service to care for people in their own homes is Bluebird Care. The business, which has a base in the city centre, is part of a nationwide network of experts in the care field, with more than 130 offices countrywide, all with one central driving core – providing specialist care and support within the home. The company is committed to quality and good old fashioned service, which has played an important part in its success and placed Bluebird Care as one of Britain’s foremost care providers. Sunderland Bluebird Care manager, Natasha Smith, said: “Living with an illness or a condition can be an enormous drain both emotionally and physically. “But a lot of that strain and pressure can be reduced by our highly qualified team of carers who can deliver everything from personal care to help


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with everyday tasks around the home and the community. “We do everything we can to ensure people’s worlds carry on as normal – providing help and support to fit in with their lives, working our services around people and their needs. “Everyone is different and our experienced carers work on a local, one-toone basis so that people can get to know their team of carers properly, and more importantly, they get to know them. “The bottom line is providing care at an individual’s comfort and convenience.” Bluebird Care work alongside Social Services, GPs and Primary Care Trusts to offer a wide range of health care from short visits to full live-in support. Support can include everything from helping people to get up on a morning or ready for bed, help with medication, helping with trips outside of the home and general day to day tasks such as cooking and shopping. Also vital respite for a family carer can be arranged. Natasha added: “Our teams really are dedicated to providing the best service they can for individuals – it’s fair to say that the people who work for Bluebird Care are the lifeblood of our service and we only recruit people who can deliver our quality service.” To find out more about Bluebird Care and what financial support you may be entitled to, to help towards the cost of care, you can contact Bluebird Care’s Sunderland office on 0191 567 2512.

Our staff are caring, trained to give medication and police checked. We offer everything from personal care to shopping, cleaning or social visits.In fact everything you need to stay in the comfort of your own home. Bluebird Care offers a realistic cost effective alternative to residential care. With familiar friends, relatives and possessions around, Bluebird Care ‘just happens’.

Royal connection to the city’s East End

The Victorian era is often seen as the age of philanthropy and many of today’s charitable institutions can trace their roots back to this time.

Dr Michael Johnson, a director of Sunderland Heritage Quarter, takes a look at how the plight of the sick and poor impinged on the consciences of people in the city during this time and led to the building of two East End institutions – one of which was even part-funded by Queen Victoria!


uring the 19th century, Sunderland was a thriving seaport. While this brought pride and prosperity to the town, it also meant that Sunderland had many aged or sick mariners to care for, as well as their wives, widows and children. To meet these needs, two charitable institutions were built in the historic East End of the town - the Trafalgar Square


almshouses and the Sunderland Boys’ Orphanage. Sailors themselves helped to fund the building of Trafalgar Square back in 1840 through compulsory deductions taken from their wages which were then paid into a fund known as the Muster Roll, to provide pensions for aged sailors. Built on the site of the former workhouse garden, just a few hundred

yards away from the shoreline, Trafalgar Square was named after Admiral Nelson’s legendary naval victory of 1805, at which 76 sailors from Sunderland were present. The site in Church Walk consisted of a block of 14 almshouses to house 104 elderly sailors and their widows and opened five years before the famous Trafalgar Square in London was completed. Designed by William Drysdale (1793-1856), a builder and surveyor who occasionally worked for Sunderland Corporation, the almshouses were built of plain brick around three sides of a quadrangle. The central block features a commemorative plaque rich in maritime symbolism and heraldic emblems, with brightly-painted figures of a sailor and a lion alongside escutcheons and Coats of Arms. Around one of the escutcheons is written ‘Tria Juncto in Uno’ (Three Joined in One), which is the motto of the Order of the Bath, of which Admiral Nelson was a member, whilst another plaque features the famous signal sent by Nelson at the Battle

of Trafalgar, ‘England expects every man to do his duty.’ More recently a new memorial was added to the site dedicated to the sailors who fought in The Battle of Trafalgar, featuring a range of names from that of a 14 year old boy to a 56 year old quartermaster. Regarded as one of Sunderland’s most remarkable residential developments, Trafalgar Square has survived and is still in use today. As well as aiding sailors, Sunderland had to provide for their orphans and illegitimate children. Sunderland Boys’ Orphanage was built further south on the Town Moor in 1856-60 and funds were raised by selling access rights to the Town Moor to railway companies, while Queen Victoria chipped in £100. An architectural competition was held in order to obtain designs for the building, but the winning design was not built. Instead, designs by the firm of Childs and Lucas were selected even though they came second in the competition (this was typical of architectural competitions in the

Victorian period). As a London-based practice, Childs and Lucas were unable to supervise the construction and this task instead fell to the local architect Thomas Moore, who is best known for his supremely elegant design for Monkwearmouth Railway Station (1848). The orphanage is a two-storey brick building with a central tower built over the entrance. The upper section of the tower has three arches affording a fair view of the port and the sea and the storeys increase in grandeur as they ascend.

It was designed in the Italian Renaissance style that was fashionable in the 1860s. The belvedere tower was based on the towers at Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer residence on the Isle of Wight (1845-51). In a further royal connection, Victoria herself donated £100 towards the construction of the orphanage and asked to see the architectural plans. Opening on 17th October 1861, the orphanage was able to accommodate 40 boys at a time. It was intended to train them for a career at sea and for this reason the inmates’ uniform was a sailor suit. More recently Sunderland Boys’ Orphanage has sadly fallen into disuse and the interior is now largely derelict, although some of the ornate fireplaces and decorative tiles still survive. • Developers are currently looking into converting the building into a dementia care facility.


Ashbrooke sports club - 125 years young! Sunderland’s unique sporting club is this year enjoying a very special anniversary with a weekend of fabulous fun events for all the family as it continues an amazing revival in its fortunes.


ne hundred and twenty five years ago, Sunderland’s Ashbrooke Sports Club opened the doors to its magnificent West Lawn Clubhouse and grounds. Set in the heart of Ashbrooke, the city’s premier residential suburb, the new clubhouse made a bold and affluent statement and went on to be nicknamed “The Lords of the North”. It was a fitting home for Sunderland’s oldest sports club which had originally been founded in 1808. Three years ago however, the club faced the real possibility of closure. Thankfully its fortunes have been turned around and it’s now a busy and bustling community hub once more. The revival of the club’s fortunes in the last couple years has also helped boost membership and visitors. Club manager Paul Amundsen said: “The turnaround in the club’s fortune has been remarkable after years of mounting losses. It really has turned the corner financially and as such has a much brighter future.


“However, we cannot rest on our laurels and we are continually looking to improve the facilities and make Ashbrooke a great place to visit and play sport.” The clubhouse boasts two excellent bars and now has an excellent reputation for its selection of real ales. An Italian restaurant was opened in November 2010 which has proved to be a very popular addition. The club also has a fully appointed and equipped function room with full catering facilities, which is available to hire for special events and parties. Ashbrooke is also building its reputation as a major event venue, running the awardwinning Split music festival, annual beer festival and the November 5th fireworks display.

Ashbrooke England cricket squad 3rd July 1869

Quiz and Talent Competition Wednesday May 30 7.30pm in the bar Admission Free Contact the Ashbrooke Sports Club on 0191 528 4536.

Ashbrooke Sunderland FC cup winners 1881

This year the club is inviting Wearsiders to join in a full weekend of celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary on July 6, 7 and 8. Events planned are a Sportsman Dinner with guest speaker Viv Anderson, the revival of the Grand Summer ball, a craft fair, a family fun day and an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style competition. For many years Ashbrooke was strictly a ‘members only’ club house and bar. Many local people still think of the Ashbrooke as a ‘closed shop’ and an elitist place. Nothing could be further than the truth. While membership is still a requirement to play sport, the promotion of the club’s more open door approach to the local community has certainly paid dividends and attracted many more people to see what’s on offer. For those who decide to become social and playing members, the club offers a discount loyalty card which can be used at the bar.

Summer of fun

Sunderland should be justifiably proud of its oldest sporting institution. Just recently a number of eminent sports historians have written in praise of Ashbrooke. Few multi–sport Victorian clubs have survived in England and that alone is a feather in the cap. As the club prepares to celebrate its birthday and anniversary of the opening of West Lawn, it remains home to the bowls, cricket, hockey, rugby, squash, and tennis clubs bearing the Sunderland title. It is also base camp for Sunderland Strollers athletic club, football training for youngsters – and to top it off it boasts a full size snooker table! So Happy Anniversary Ashbrooke, and with continued luck and hard work the club should look forward to many similar anniversary celebrations in years to come.

Ashbrooke Beer Festival Friday July 6 (5pm to 10pm) Saturday July 7 (12noon to 10pm) Sunday July 8 (12noon to 6pm) Real ales from across the country £5 admission which includes first drink and a glass. Live musical guests

Sportsman Dinner Friday July 6 Marquee: Three course meal, Hypnotist and guest speaker, football’s Viv Anderson. Tickets: £30 Tables of 10 available Family Fun Day Sunday July 8 11am to 4.30pm. FREE All welcome Children’s rides, beer tent, craft stalls, falconry display, balloon modelling, belly dancers, steel band and refreshment stalls.

Left: Construction of West Lawn Right: Opening of Ashbrooke, 8th May 1887

Split Festival Friday September 21 to Sunday 23 Tickets: weekend £40, or £25 per day Line up to be confirmed For more details or to buy tickets for any of the paid events contact Ashbrooke Sports Club on 0191 528 4536.


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People across the country are polishing up on their patriotism, dusting down the bunting and preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June

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A right royal affair hether you’re planning to push the boat out and have a street or garden party or whether you’re just planning to kick back and relax and enjoy the extra bank holiday weekend, there’s everything from themed paper cups to door mats and bunting to help add a regal flavour.


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Celebration Event Monday 4 June 2012 Cliffe Park, Seaburn, 1 - 10pm, FREE Live music from the 50s to the noughties, open air movies and fireworks. The Mayor of Sunderland will light the beacon at 10pm.

For more information on events in Sunderland this summer visit

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Esporta Wearside is now Virgin Active. Check out what’s changed. Esporta Wearside is now Virgin Active Wearside Health and Racquets Club. But more than just the name has changed. We are now one of a remarkable 122 clubs nationwide. We have introduced some new membership alternatives, including flexible and joint memberships, and a special option for members aged 18-25. We have even reduced the price of 12-month membership from £59 to £48 per month. That’s on top of all the benefits that have always been on offer here – our tennis, badminton and squash courts, our two swimming pools, the newest classes, the latest innovations, and our relaxing spa facilities. We’d like to invite you to come and try out everything that’s on offer here at Wearside Health & Racquets Club with a complimentary visit. Just call 0191 511 4444 or pop into the club to check out all the changes.

VIRGIN ACTIVE WEARSIDE HEALTH AND RACQUETS CLUB Wearside Health and Racquets Club, 3 Camberwell Way, Doxford Park, Sunderland SR3 3XN

Beauty ENJOY a spa treatment at home with Mystique Escape Bath Salts. This advanced bath salt formulation contains a powerhouse ingredient, Atoligomer, which is a high concentration mixture of pure microminerals to infuse, strengthen and rejuvenate the skin. Just add one to two teaspoons to running water and relax for ten minutes for a skin smoothing and rejuvenating aromatherapy experience.

WITH THE Olympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee on the horizon, it really is a great time to be British! Show off your pride with this gorgeous Brit Plucker Set. The set includes a magnifying compact mirror great for spotting those stray eyebrow hairs along with a pair of professional grade tweezers.

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ORANGE is one of the must-have colours for the spring summer season and this gorgeous shade of Chanel’s Le Vernis nail polish – 617 Holiday – is bang on trend, delivering deliciously intense colour and high gloss.



HAIR accessorising may in the past have meant plastic banana clips and dreadful 80’s hair scrunchies. But there’s something of a revival happening on the catwalks prompting people to return to hair accessorising again. One of the prettiest trends was used by Chanel, who twisted pearl hair grips to add an ethereal beauty to their updos. Try a topknot with a few of these twisted in for a sweet and simple evening look.

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A QUESTION I’m often asked is “Can I really wear red lipstick?” And every time the answer is... absolutely!

There is a shade for everyone whether it is a soft, rosy bitten-lip look or a vibrant, high intensity screen-siren version. If you want to take the plunge and try a red as a general rule, if you have blonde hair go for an orangey based red, brunettes suit bluer based reds and redheads look most natural in slightly browny reds. However, I believe there aren’t any hard and fast rules with makeup and a contrast to your natural colouring can also look strikingly beautiful. Plus there are some great new sheer lip colour products on the market which make even the brightest colour more wearable. Apply with your finger, using just the padded bit near the tip to add colour gradually, for an even more natural look. The great thing about finger application is that there’s always a clean one to wipe away mistakes plus a great tip discovered by grandmothers everywhere is to use what’s left on your finger to dab onto cheeks. For a more sophisticated yet modern finish, start with a lip liner in a natural rose shade, near to your own lip colour, which gives a perfect frame to fill in with your red lippy. I prefer using a natural liner rather than a red one as it still gives definition without looking as if you should be in a Robert Palmer video! My advice to you if you’re considering a colour change to red is go for it! It’s effortlessly elegant, confident and sassy and can completely change your image in five seconds. Add a matching colour to nails and you’ve got a perfectly polished look.

Its official... at Paul Airey “We sell and let more, because we do more.” And don’t just take our word for it! • We were voted Best estate and letting agent in the UK by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2011. • We were ESTA award winners for Best estate agents in the north east of England in 2012. FACT – Rightmove, the country’s leading property portal, has confirmed that Paul Airey Estate and Letting Agents is selling and letting property quicker than any other estate agent in Sunderland. Our nearest competitor took an average of six weeks longer to achieve a sale. FACT – In April 2012, our vendors achieved 95.75% of the asking price on their properties. FACT – It’s commonly known that some estate agents will intentionally over value your property in order to impress you and secure your instruction. Unfortunately an over stated asking price will jeopardise the sale of your property, severely adding to your expense and ultimately driving the value of your property down. FACT – We have an excellent working knowledge of our area, many recent comparable sale prices and of course an insight of current buyer activity. Our role is to ensure that you achieve the very best possible price from the most suitable purchasers, because our good reputation depends on it. FACT – We provide floor plans on our particulars and our website. They improve the quality of viewings and motivate those who otherwise may not have viewed. FACT – We take pride in ensuring that our photographs are superior to our competitors, with high quality as standard. • Anyone wanting to contact Paul Airey can telephone the Athenaeum Street office on 0191 514 5777.


Luxury liv in the heart of Sun Paul Airey Estate Agents has successfully sold a £5.5million luxury residential development in Sunderland cementing its place as the city’s premier property sales experts t the heart of the city’s leafy superb of Ashbrooke is a new executive development of luxury homes that offers everything you need for exclusive 21st century living. Brookfield Gardens is set within an exceptional location at the centre of the Ashbrooke conservation area, enjoying a leafy tree lined position overlooking Back House Park and Ashbrooke Sports Club. The plush development is made up of nine town houses, five apartments and two detached houses, which enjoy open views over the picturesque park. This creates a green and tranquil living space for the stylish homes, yet the stunning development is just a 10 minute walk from the city centre, literally providing the best of both worlds.


Access to the development is through electric gates and to the right is the impressive and beautifully restored Brookfield House, which has been sympathetically converted into five of the most spacious and deluxe apartments currently available within the city. Entering the centre of the scheme is dramatic with a beautifully landscaped central green with an impressive and fully mature copper beech tree as its focal point. Immediately to the left there are two distinguished detached dwellings, built over four floors and providing almost 4,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. A terrace of nine magnificent south facing four storey town houses meanwhile offer unrivalled views over Back House Park.


derland Internally these deluxe residences are designed to provide spacious and comfortable flexible family accommodation, to a standard that is unrivalled within the region. Windows and doors are double glazed with velfac low maintenance systems, the bathrooms offer luxury tiling and the kitchens are of the highest contemporary design. Brookfield Gardens creates a secure and secluded exclusive residential enclave within private walled grounds. The luxurious development also has the advantage of being within 200m of two of the city's leading public and state schools and there are local shops, post offices and pubs all within easy walking distance.

ne of the city’s first suburbs is bucking the national trend when it comes to house prices. According to property expert Paul Airey, house prices in the Ashbrooke area have now stabilised, with many vendors achieving close to their asking price on the market. In fact in April, Paul Airey Estate Agents achieved an average of 95.75% of the asking price of properties sold. Ashbrooke was developed through the Victorian era as Sunderland's premiere residential suburb. The area was originally occupied by large middle-class families and the well built


houses, wide tree lined avenues, building of the city's most prestigious schools and Ashbrooke sports club signify its affluence. Paul Airey said: “A lot of people are moving back into this popular central core area of Sunderland which really does offer so much for homeowners – from spacious, attractive properties and nearby green open spaces to shops, bars and schools. “We are seeing more activity at the moment in Ashbrooke than there has been for over five years, with even more people from outside the area showing interest in what they can get for their money compared to nearby areas of Jesmond and Durham.”

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The countdown to summer is finally on – which means it’s time to strip back those layers and chunky knits and add a burst of colour to your wardrobe

hether it’s shorts, tees or lightweight jackets, it’s time to colour it up – with pinks, oranges and vibrant greens all featuring heavily this season. The timeless preppy look makes a return for that cool but stylish fresh image and there’s a fair selection of prints too - so mix it up to create your own vibrant summer style.

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HEN Apple launched the iPad in April 2010, they sent demand for these cool products through the roof. Since then many manufacturers have launched their own version of tablets, whilst Apple has updated its original iPad, which is now on version 3. But for the business user the question is, is it a product you can do business on? The answer is not quite. The user experience for apps, games and e-mail is excellent but the iPad versions of Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint are somewhat lacking in the rich features that come as standard with your Windows suite. That said, the reverse is true of tablets. Increasing awareness and demand will drive more developers to create apps for the Windows-based devices, but Apple has quite a head start, so it will take time. My belief is tablets will become just as in demand as and when Windows 8 is available. And what about the future? You will soon see acronyms such as BYOD (Bring your own device to work). Already IT departments are having to look at integrating individual’s smart devices into the company IT infrastructure - and why not, the only issue is managing security – which is a subject in its own right! Chris Lee, MD of CCS Mobile



t20 is a fast and furious high-octane version of cricket that has players knocking out the runs in a bid for victory.

Superfast cricket bowls over fans he game is similar to traditional oneday cricket only each team bats for a maximum of 20 overs, creating fastmoving intense action. The Durham Dynamos are ready to hit the ground running with an action packed t20 programme set to entertain the crowds. R&R’s Andy Barker asked Durham all-rounder and England one-day international cricketer Ben Stokes why he loves the thrill of t20.


t20 is exciting, fast and big-hitting cricket, all packed into three hours...


“QUITE simply t20 is exciting, fast and bighitting cricket, all packed into three hours,” enthused Ben. “There’s a great atmosphere in the ground and plenty to keep people entertained. It’s also a chance for players to show off their skills and hit some really big shots in front of a packed crowd.” County cricket players have an intense schedule over the summer, especially if they are called up for international duty, often leaving little time to prepare for the t20 games. Ben added: “If you’ve got a good technique then it’s all about adapting that for what can feel quite high pressure situations, when the margins for a win are tight. “The rivalry can also sometimes feel more intense because of the speed of the game. We want to win every game so we approach it no differently to any other.” However, batting strategy goes out of the window as batsmen try to rack up as many runs as possible, forcing bowlers to bowl more openly. Ben said: “It’s really difficult for bowlers to bowl economically in t20 cricket – the batsmen don’t really have enough time to play safe as they need to get runs on the board, so they tend to be really aggressive

which means fun and excitement.” The t20 teams are made up of members of the traditional county sides and favour players who excel in racking up runs and bowling quick-fire overs. The Durham Dynamos team is competing in the Friends Life t20 with five qualifying matches at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground (ICG) in June and July and a further five away matches. The Dynamos are up against Notts Outlaws,

Yorkshire Carnegie, Derbyshire Falcons, Leicestershire Foxes and Lancashire Lightning. There are 18 clubs nationwide competing for the t20 title and the batting team members wear bright outfits and sit on a ‘bench’ similar to football or rugby rather than come and go from the clubhouse.

Tom Jones live WELSH superstar Sir Tom Jones will perform live this summer at Emirates Durham ICG on Saturday July 14. Securing Sir Tom Jones is fantastic news for the cricket ground as it builds on its growing reputation as a prestigious open-air concert venue. It is expected that the concert will be a sellout with people travelling from across the UK. Tickets for the concert start at just £37.50 and are available via or by calling 0844 249 1000.

All the action is replayed on giant screens and the crowds can enjoy fantastic entertainment including music, cheerleading and fireworks. This season, the Durham Dynamos have added the explosive South African opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs to a squad already containing internationals Paul Collingwood, Graham Onions and Ben Stokes. As well as the domestic t20, cricket fans can watch England take on South Africa in the NatWest t20 International on Saturday September 8 at Durham ICG and England take on West Indies in the Women’s NatWest International t20.

WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN A fantastic t20 season ticket for two thanks to Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground. The package worth £100 will get the winner and a friend into the five exciting t20 games running at the ground over June and July. Season tickets for the five t20 matches cost just £50 for adults and only £15 for under-16s – superb and affordable family entertainment. A family (2 adults and 2 children) season ticket costs just £120. For more information contact the Box Office on 0844 499 4466.



BUSINESS ROUND-UP In partnership with Linked in Sunderland Business Group

New baby fashion brand is born industry but I felt the time was right to set up on my own and I have never looked back since.” Alexandra is now working with North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC)

adviser Debbie Simpson to launch her business later this year. Debbie said: “Alexandra is very talented and has an amazing flair for fashion. When she first came to me with her business idea I was excited and throughout the whole time Alexandra has been focused and determined. It has been so rewarding to see her business idea flourish.” Alexandra’s inspiration came when trying to buy clothes for her brother’s four children. She found the market overloaded with choice for girls but the choice was limited for boys.

O’Brien buy out

Green motors drive

SUNDERLAND waste firm Rocktop has been bought by Cleadon-based O’Brien which plans to redevelop the old Queen Alexandra Bridge scrap site. Existing Rocktop staff will join O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions which will open new offices and a call centre on the site on the south side of the River Wear. O’Brien also hope to create extra new jobs while building on its current list of Wearside clients, which include the University of Sunderland, Sunderland City College and Sunderland AFC.

SUNDERLAND-BASED independent builders and plumbers' merchants Thompson Building Centres is driving forward its green plans after buying a new fleet of eco friendly vehicles. The company has taken delivery of seven BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics saloons, renowned for their low emissions, which will be used by the company's sales team. Thompson's long term plan is to replace all of its fleet of around 40 vehicles with more eco friendly models.

Degree helps June serve up tea shop dream

GLOBE-TROTTING fashion designer Alexandra Kay has returned to her native North East to launch her own baby wear and gift brand. Alexandra, who is profoundly deaf, has spent five years working in the fashion industry most recently as brands specialist for Harrods. She is using that experience to launch her new brand called I Miei Cherubini, which simply means My Little Cherubs. Alexandra, 27, from Leominster Road, Sunderland, said: “I had an amazing time during my travels and have gained fantastic experience within the fashion

Scoring a festive Christmas THE STADIUM of Light is already dreaming of a red and white Christmas with the launch of its festive party programme. There’s a range of festive packages to suit all tastes and budgets. From disco party nights in Quinn’s Sports Bar, to the relaxed atmosphere of the Riverview Brasserie. New for this year is the Christmas Fusion Nights in the new contemporary Champagne and Cocktail Lounge. Christmas Day and New


Year’s Eve packages are also available. Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director at SAFC said: “We believe we have something for everyone this year to cater for big business parties down to small groups of private individuals looking to have a bit of festive fun.” For more information email or call 0871 911 1500

GAINING the confidence to open a city centre café during a recession was all in the mind for psychology graduate June Clark. The mum decided the time was right to open a café and craft shop in Sunderland city centre called Serendipity, after graduating alongside her son Tom Fletcher and step-son Phillip Clark at the University of Sunderland last year. And she admits that fulfilling the ambition was boosted by the commitment she made completing her psychology degree over five years while juggling a fulltime job in medical sales. Serendipity in Frederick Street is holding a Jubilee themed event on Tuesday June 5. The tearoom will be decked in red, white and blue and afternoon tea will be served in two sittings complete with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes. Booking essential – call 0191 510 0054.

Local entrepreneur and TV Chef Mark Earnden is championing the benefits of healthier eating to communities, schools and homes, here in the North East and across the UK.

Chef serves up an educational treat ark, 40, spent years travelling the world to gain as much food knowledge as possible before returning to his native North East in 2004 to establish the Food Education Company; a business dedicated to highlighting that healthy eating is both achievable and affordable. Having worked with numerous councils and over 5,000 schools, Mark recently took an office at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland from where he is continuing to grow his business. Mark said: “We are an innovative business and wanted to start forging partnerships with like-minded people, so moving to the BIC was the natural choice for us. There is a business community here with “feel good staff” and innovative businesses. It’s an exciting time.” The Food Education Company offers programmes with demonstration chefs who are trained to educate, inspire and give audiences of all ages the confidence to cook with healthy food. Mark said: “We have lost at least two or three generations of cooks at home as a result of the ready meal and fast food culture, but the good news is that I think


people are becoming savvy to food again. The recession has encouraged everyone to buy fresh and affordable local food. “There are plenty of places to be inspired about food these days, with cookery programmes, TV chefs, food festivals and of course, our educational programmes, but we still need to encourage people into the kitchen on an on-going basis. “The Food Education Company not only works in schools but also with housing associations, health authorities, corporate clients and community initiatives. We want to inspire and motivate families to purchase fresh produce, cook tasty meals and eat meals together. “We want to change minds, not menus. “The Food Education Company has

received interest from schools abroad including Australia, USA, the Middle East, China and schools in South Africa are already delivering our programmes. What is really fantastic is that we are a Sunderland born business, so it is great to be able to continue developing here.” Moving forward Mark said his goal is to make the topic of healthy eating adaptable, applicable and sustainable to all schools. He added: “We are also becoming more involved with school meals, which means more children and their families are interacting with food and feeling relaxed enough to try different things to eat.” Food lovers can see Mark in action at the Delicious Food Festival in Sunderland, held at Nissan Car Plant on July 14 and 15. Anyone wanting more information on The Food Education Company or recipes should visit and you can follow Mark on twitter @demochef The North East BIC offers a wide range of offices and services to support the needs of growing businesses. To contact the Space team call 0191 516 6066 or email


Quality and affordable office space SES (Sustainable Enterprise Strategies) is offering new and existing businesses a range of modern office space at its new Co-operative Centre. SES also runs a unique business centre in the old Mission building in North Shields overlooking the River Tyne. With flexible terms and accompanying business support the units are ideal for budding entrepreneurs to launch or for established growing firms. Prices start from as little as £35 per week for an office unit with only one month’s in/out notice required if you need to move on. Our business centres are accessible 365 days per year, with a fully managed security service.You benefit from a full meet and greet reception service, which also includes mail, post and fax handling.

Our tenants enjoy: • Free business rates on selected properties until the end of 2012 • Communal meeting areas with free Wi-Fi • High speed internet service • Free parking • Central mail room • Latest telephone system and IT network • Access to on-site business mentor and business networking opportunities

Virtual office space Working from home or on the road? Taking a virtual office offers a low-risk way of having an office base and the chance to be part of a business community.

The service includes: • The use of a business address • Your own business telephone number, which includes a divert and voicemail facility • Call answering • Post and parcel handling • Use of fax, photocopier and administrative services • Business support services, with access to our specialist business advisers • 33% discount on training/meeting room hire

Latest training, conference and meeting facilities: The business centres at the Co-operative Centre and The Mission offer a range of modern, naturally lit and comfortable training and meeting rooms.

Free Access to well equipped training rooms, smart boards, Touch Screens / laptop / projectors / video / Skype conferencing facilities. Central reception and switchboard services available.

To enquire about office space or training facilities contact SES on 0191 510 5500 or email

SES (Sustainable Enterprise Strategies) The Co-op Centre, Whitehouse Road, Sunderland SR2 8AH

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You don’t have to be a tenant to hire the facilities which include: • • • • • • • •

Seating from 2 to 70 people High speed internet access Touch screens and smart boards Laptop powerpoint/projector facilities Plasma TV Flip charts Video/Skype conferencing Optional catering

Prices are very competitive and arrangements can be flexible with hourly hire options, half-days, fulldays or evenings, seven days per week.

Looking after your affairs

Our resident legal eagle Sunderland solicitor Mark Cook explains how you can manage your financial affairs. o many the phrase ‘lasting power of attorney’ may sound like something out of an American TV law show. However with an ageing population, a lasting power of attorney (LPA) is something more of us need to be aware of. In a nutshell it is all about appointing somebody to act for you should you become unable to manage your own financial affairs. While a will ensures your estate is distributed according to your wishes when you die, an LPA protects your assets by authorising somebody chosen by you to deal with your affairs on your behalf while you are alive. In the event of serious illness or accident, without an LPA the only way that your financial affairs can be managed is by an application (usually by a relative or close friend) to the Court of Protection. This can take months and cost up to thousands of pounds to process – during which time your finances could be seriously


damaged. In some cases the person authorised to handle your affairs on your behalf may not be the person of your choice and may even be a court official who can charge every time they act for you. If you have an LPA your chosen representatives can act for you straight away if you become unable to handle your own affairs or if you become mentally incapacitated. Everyone who makes a Lasting Power of Attorney in respect of property and financial affairs should also make a Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare. For if you care enough about having your property and associated affairs looked after then you ought to care even more about you and your personal welfare.

Mark Cook Solicitors Home & commercial property Property legal advice, done properly ■ Free Will review for all our clients ■ Call Mark Cook on 0191 567 7244

These decisions can only be taken on your behalf when you lack the capacity to make them yourself, for example if you are ill, unconscious or because of the onset of a condition such as dementia. If you want to discuss any aspects of making a LPA contact either Mark Cook or David Hammond who will be happy to talk to you - as usual the initial interview is free.

We’ve moved – but not far! To cope with an increase in business we have moved premises. Our new office is just over the road from our old base in Frederick Street and we are now operating from the first floor of 22 Frederick Street, in Sunderland.

We make time to build partnerships with our clients

Mark Cook Solicitors 1st Floor, 22 Frederick Street, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR1 1LN Tel: 0191 567 7244

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Enjoy a luxury break on your doorstep THE SUNDERLAND Marriott is the city’s premier hotel, set in a prime location over-looking the picturesque sandy beaches of Seaburn. This prestigious four star venue offers everything you need for a range of events, from weddings and celebrations to conferences and high quality accommodation for relaxing leisure breaks. The hotel, which has recently undergone a half a million pound refurbishment, boasts a range of sumptuous rooms for guests to relax in style, including three luxurious suite style rooms complete with a glazed rotunda overlooking the sea. As well as the stunning views outside, guests can enjoy the sumptuous look of the interior, including the superb leisure facilities. Relax in the indoor pool, unwind in the

whirlpool or sauna or if you’re feeling energetic, there’s a full fitness centre complete with cardiovascular and resistance equipment. Add to this a fine dining restaurant, cocktail bar and private parking facilities and you have all the essential ingredients for a luxury stay. We are giving one lucky reader and their guest the chance to win a one night stay at The Sunderland Marriott. The lucky winner will stay in one of the hotel’s three luxurious corner suites and dinner and breakfast is included, as well as full use of all leisure facilities. For further information about The Sunderland Marriott call 0191 529 2041. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this simple question: Q: Where in Sunderland is the Marriott based? Send your answer by email to Clearly mark your email MARRIOTT and include your name, address and contact details. Terms and conditions apply.

Festival fever THE COUNTDOWN is on for North Yorkshire’s four-day Willowman Music Festival, featuring four ground-breaking Sunderland acts. City-based Hyde and Beast, BEAK, The Lake Poets and Chased by Wolves are all set to appear at the festival which takes place over Solstice weekend June 21 to 24. See page 48 for more details on the festival but meanwhile R&R has joined forces with the Willowman Festival to give away six pairs of tickets to the fourday festival in North Yorkshire in June. To be in with a chance of winning answer this simple question: Q: Name one Sunderland band appearing at this year’s festival? Send your answer by email to Clearly mark your email WILLOWMAN and include your name, address and contact details. Terms and conditions apply.


IN THIS edition we also offer you the chance to win VIP gig packages to see Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Stadium of Light (see page 51) PLUS a pair of season tickets which will get you entry to all five home t20 matches at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, between June 17 and July 8 (see page 40). 46 REST & RELAX

A new touring production of the West End and Broadway smash 42nd Street is set to dance its way onto the Sunderland Empire stage as part of a nationwide UK tour.

Marti & Dave hit the street R&R’s Andy Barker caught up with musical theatre stars Marti Webb and Dave Willetts as they kicked off rehearsals in London. EST End star Marti Webb, who is famed for her smash hit 80s single Take That Look Off Your Face and playing the lead role in Evita, promises a show as big as anything she has done. She said: “This promises to be a magical show. Although we are in rehearsals I’ve seen the opening number which is just amazing – a real highkicking spectacular. This is a big touring company with sometimes as many as 30 performers sharing the stage – my goodness they work hard. “The costumes are stunning and the energy coming off the stage is just amazing. The show is also full of great songs that everyone knows.” Marti plays past her prime ‘prima donna’ Dorothy Brock in this classic rags to riches tale following country girl Peggy Sawyer as she tries to work her way up from the ranks of chorus girl. Joining Marti in this new touring production is leading man Dave Willetts who shot to West End and Broadway fame in Les Miserables and Phantom of the


Opera in the 1980s. Dave plays washed up theatre director Julian Marsh desperate for a hit. Dave said: “It’s a great story set in the 1930s – the ultimate American dream tale which can be related to anywhere in the world – especially in today’s economic climate. It’s all about saying I can do this and anything is possible! “If you imagine what comes to mind when you think of an old black and white musical, then this is it. There’s the big chorus line of dancing girls coming down the staircase in unison, tap dancing, great singing – it’s all in there.” Marti and Dave have toured the country many times and have both graced the stage at the Sunderland Empire. Marti said: “I love staying by the coast when I come to Sunderland and I always like to visit new places when I am on tour. I think the Sunderland audience will love this updated but traditional big show.”

Meanwhile Dave is this year celebrating 25 years in the business with the release of a new CD, Once In A Lifetime, charting his years in musicals and is excited to be celebrating his milestone in a massive touring show. He said: “Do we still get the buzz – absolutely. There are people out there who would give their right arm to do what we do, earning a living and a good life from what is basically a hobby. “Every time that phone rings I get as excited now as I did back when I started. I came into the business quite late at 31 on the back of a stroke of luck. It was the time when Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera were taking the stage by storm and here I was with the right voice, right age and build for some of the lead roles.” Marti has joined the 42nd Street cast on the back of a touring version of Oklahoma last year and some solo singing performances. “I’ve never done this show before so jumped at the chance when asked. You never what life throws at you. When I auditioned for Evita, I remember Andrew Lloyd Webber saying that he’d like to write a song for me. I thought that was his way of letting me down gently. “I got the part and a week into Evita he asked me to try out a couple of new songs he was working on with lyricist Don Black. Before I knew it I was in the studio watching a musical being born and being part of what became Tell Me On A Sunday. It was an honour to be part of that creative process and seeing the whole thing take shape was amazing – a real once in a lifetime moment.”


Heading out...

GIG Willowman Festival

THE FLICKS The Amazing Spider-Man ANOTHER big box office outing for the superhero Spider-Man with British actor Andrew Garfield taking up the lead role. Producer and director Sam Raimi thrilled movie-goers with his trilogy of box-office busting Spider-Man films, which he made between 2002 and 2007. Expectations are also high for this new addition to the superhero franchise that follows a different path to its predecessors and is directed by Marc Webb on his first action movie outing. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. Through his journey to put the pieces of his past together, Peter uncovers a secret that his father held…a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield is joined by actors Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and fellow British actor Rhys Ifans.

The Dark Knight Rises DIRECTOR Christopher Nolan revisits Batman for The Dark Knight Rises, which is planned to be the third and final installment in his series. Again starring Christian Bale in the lead role, this latest offering is a sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) - with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman also renewing their roles.


Prometheus SOUTH Shields-born movie director Ridley Scott makes a return trip to sci-fi after a 30 year break. Ridley Scott first defined the modern sci-fi era of moviemaking with his hugely successful film Alien, before going on to stretch the boundaries with cult classic Blade Runner. This new outing is eagerly anticipated though the producers are giving little away about the movie, describing it as a ‘journey to the darkest corners of the universe’. The film stars Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender as space explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind. This inevitably leads to a universe hopping journey, with battles along the way. Whatever happens expect darkness, suspense, action and probably a fair share of gore!

The film is set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight and will introduce the characters of Selina Kyle and Bane - portrayed by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, respectively - two villains from the Batman mythology. Expect mega action in this blockbuster which many film critics believe will be the highest grossing movie of the summer.

THE COUNTDOWN is on for North Yorkshire’s four-day Willowman Music Festival, featuring four ground-breaking Sunderland acts.

City-based Hyde and Beast, BEAK, The Lake Poets and Chased by Wolves are all set to appear at the festival which takes place over Solstice weekend June 21 to 24. The Sunderland acts will be sharing an eclectic bill which includes Benjamin Francis Leftwich, former Stranglers front man Hugh Cornwall, Ska legend Neville Staples from The Specials, Utah Saints, Vintage Trouble and Jah Wobble. To offer festival-goers a better experience this year, Willowman has moved location. The new site, between Thirsk and Northallerton, boasts flat camping areas, panoramic views of the Hambleton hills, water points and easy access from the A19. It’s also just an hour away from Sunderland by car. Willowman director Steve Williams said: “The Willowman festival is here to stay and we need to offer good value and exceptional facilities in order to compete in this fast growing industry. “The new site is perfectly placed to host live music and I can’t wait to see the Sunderland acts on the bill.” Tickets, which include four days camping, are £70 (under 12s free) and are available from Hot Rats, Stockton Road (0191 567 2099) or online from • See page 46 for details on how you could win a pair of tickets to Willowman.

Staying put…



Damon Albarn - Dr Dee THIS YEAR, Blur frontman Damon Albarn made another foray into opera and this is the resulting soundtrack. Probably for serious Albarn fans only, who will enjoy the wide range of musical styles from full orchestral numbers to folk whimsy in the mould of Syd Barratt era Pink Floyd. The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull INDIE guitar band The Cribs just refuse to go away. This fifth outing for the Yorkshire-raised brothers further cements their status as indie-pop kings with a run of chorus led songs such as Come On and Be a NoOne which will no doubt be belted out at festivals over the summer.

Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts LITTLE Broken Hearts is Norah’s fifth studio album and sees her collaborate with producer/songwriter Danger Mouse on another beautiful serving of laid back jazzy tunes. Never ground-breaking but simply very, very easy to listen to. Kaiser Chiefs - Souvenir: The Singles 2004-2012 A CAREER-spanning greatest hits from the Leeds pop-new wave outfit famous for I Predict a Riot and Ruby. Along with those big signature tunes come perhaps overlooked or forgotten hits like Never Miss A Beat, Oh My God, You Can Have it All and Everything is Average Nowadays. All in all an upbeat package. Sigur Ros - Valtari THE ICELANDIC band’s sixth studio album Valtari is a dark, brooding affair that will appeal to fans of 80’s gothic outfit Cocteau Twins, but alienate the passing listener. Almost entirely instrumental, Valtari takes the art-house musical collective in an ever increasing insular direction. Stick on the earphones and pretend you are in a film is the best advice.

The Muppets ON VACATION in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover a ruthless plan to raze the Muppet Theatre to drill for oil. So starts the search to re-unite Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Animal and Gonzo to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theatre. This is a movie bursting at the seams with fun and nostalgia which is guaranteed to raise a smile. Muppet fans will want to ignore or forgive the weaknesses and celebrate the strengths of this touching tribute to Henson’s iconic characters. All in all, a thoroughly watchable and energetic return to form reminding audiences, both young and old, why everyone should love The Muppets. The Woman in Black DANIEL Radcliffe takes a small step away from Hogwarts in this ghost story which is loaded with cinematic shocks and things that go bump in the night, to have you jumping out of your seat. Radcliffe plays the part of a recentlywidowed lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a young woman. The bleak and grey setting and obligatory remote large, spooky house set the scene perfectly for this adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1993 ghost story. This is a movie, which in places is extremely effective – particularly the ghost at the centre of the tale, who is genuinely quite scary – though I can’t help feeling it would have been more effective if Radcliffe had not been so remote and lacking in emotion throughout much of the movie.


More than 150,000 people are set to flood into the city to see the spectacular run of rock concerts by rock titan Bruce Springsteen, British music giants Coldplay and US rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Sunderland’s stadium sounds spectacular! A small number of tickets and VIP packages are still available for these massive shows that well and truly put Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on the map as a major rock venue. Here R&R offers a brief run down on the acts gracing the Stadium of Light stage.

Boss rolls on Wrecking Ball Tour MUSIC fans have the chance to enjoy a bit of rock history at the Stadium of Light as Bruce Springsteen takes to the road with his E-Street band for what many believe will be the last time. In the USA, recent Springsteen shows have had rock critics raving about this latest tour with classics such as Dancing in the Dark, Rosalita, Born to Run, The Promised Land, Badlands and Darkness on the Edge of Town all getting an airing. Bruce has played on and off with the E-Street band for 40 years since he released his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park N.J. This tour is in support of Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball which marked a return to a harder and more political sound.


SPRINGSTEEN FACTS • On May 6 1972, Bruce Springsteen made a demo for CBS records that led to a contract which went on to cover 20 albums! • Springsteen won an Oscar for the song Streets of Philadelphia from the movie Philadelphia. • E Street Band member Steve ‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt played Silvio in the hit gangster TV show The Sopranos. • Springsteen has never had a No.1 single in the US, although the Manfred Mann’s Earthband cover of Asbury’s Park ‘Blinded by the Light’ hit the top spot in early 1977. • Hungry Heart was originally written for The Ramones.

Coldplay play on

Red Hot Chili Peppers

COLDPLAY just seem to get bigger and bigger as sales of their latest album Mylo Xyloto nudge their total worldwide sales towards the 60 million mark. The Stadium of Light show is one of only seven UK dates the band play this year as they criss-cross their way around Europe and the USA. Recent shows in America saw the band play 22 songs in a spectacular show lasting over two hours and fans can expect to hear Life In Technicolor, Clocks, The Scientist, Viva La Vida, Fix You, In My Place and of course their first major hit Yellow.

The ‘chili peppers’ are touring with a new line-up to support their first new album since 2005. During a break from decades of touring and recording, guitarist John Frusciante left the band for a second time to be replaced by Josh Klinghoffer who had previously played with them on tour. The band released their new album I’m With You last year and are now raring to go. Formed in 1983, Red Hot Chili Peppers made an early name for themselves in the US with their quirky brand of funk-rock. After a series of albums in the 80s, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released in 1991, which became the band’s first commercial success. In 1999, Californication became the band’s biggest commercial success, selling 15 million copies worldwide.

COLDPLAY FACTS • Chris Martin obtained a degree in Ancient World Studies from University College London, where he met future Coldplay band members Johnny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion. • Chris Martin is a huge fan of the 1980s Norwegian pop group A-ha as well as U2. • On May 18 1998, Coldplay released their debut recording, the three-song Safety EP, which was self-financed by the band. • They are named after a British psychology book called ’Child’s Reflections, Cold Play.’ • Martin made a cameo role in the 2004 movie Shaun of the Dead - he played a zombie!

The Futureheads SUNDERLAND’S very own Futureheads are playing support act to the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the stadium show. The four-piece band, have a long association with the football club, having

CHILI PEPPERS FACTS • Flea has had an acting career. His resume includes: The Big Lebowski, Back to the Future Part II and Part III, My Own Private Idaho, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. • The group’s first name, with their original lineup, was Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. • In 2001, Flea founded the non-profit Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, which offers music lessons and instruments to children in need. • After seeing a documentary explaining how meat is made, singer Anthony Kiedis became a vegetarian.

previously graced the Stadium of Light in May 2005, performing a live set prior to the final game of the 2004-05 season, as the Black Cats lifted The Championship trophy. Their top 20 single ‘Beginning of the Twist’ is also blasted out before every home game as Sunderland’s players walk out onto the pitch and is instantly recognisable among the club’s loyal following. Although The Futurehead’s recently released album

Win VIP tickets to rock in style! R&R Magazine has joined forces with the Stadium of Light to offer up two amazing prizes – a VIP gig package for two to see Coldplay and another package for two for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The lucky winners will enjoy reserved prime concert seating, private hospitality bar and toilet facilities and access to the post-show bar with music. Each amazing package is worth over £300 and there are two ways to be in with a chance of winning these fantastic prizes. Either go to Facebook, like the R&R page and write VIP PACKAGE on our wall with either Coldplay or Chili Peppers OR email and clearly mark your email either Coldplay or Chili Peppers and include your name, address and contact details. The winner of the Coldplay package will be notified by Monday June 4 and the Chili Peppers winner will be notified by Saturday June 16. The VIP packages at the Stadium of Light offer great value for money and a way to enjoy these amazing gigs in comfort and style. The packages start from only £125 plus VAT and are also a great way to entertain friends or business contacts. There are still a number of VIP packages left for all three stadium shows. To find out more go to or call the concert hospitality team on 0871 911 1555.

‘Rant’ has an acapella sound, the summer show will be a full band electric set. Singer and band founder Barry Hyde said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Stadium of Light. The Stadium is an icon of the city and playing there will be a thrill and a joy.”


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May/June 12 SPECTOR Independent May 25, 8pm. £8 Contact: 0191 564 8830 Popular London based quintet SPECTOR will be playing the main room, fresh from storming the stage at Coachella festival.

SPECTRUM Digital Arts Club: Using Mobile Technology National Glass Centre From June 2, 1pm to 3pm. £6 a session Contact: 0191 515 5555 Five sessions at a digital art club for 11 to 15 year olds.

Wedding Showcase Ramside Hall May 29, 6.30pm to 8.30pm A chance to view Ramside Hall’s wedding facilities.

Jubilee Fun Wildfowl Wetlands Trust Washington Wetlands Centre June 2 to June 5, 1 to 3pm Contact: 0191 416 5454 Join the regally dressed staff over Jubilee weekend for some right royal activities, including making origami Queen’s swans and handmade crowns.

Street of Dreams - The Coronation Street Musical Metroradio Arena, Newcastle May 29 and 30. From £25 Contact: 0844 493 4567 80’s Mania Sunderland Empire May 31. £20 Contact: 0844 847 2499 Europe’s official 80’s tribute concert starring legendary Top of the Pops presenter and Radio 1 DJ Mike Read as video host. The Gathering Independent May 31, 8pm. FREE Contact: 0191 564 8830 Monthly open mic night ran by local band Lilliput. Featuring original work only.

Sunderland History Fair Seaburn Centre June 2, 10am to 4pm. FREE Contact: 0191 553 2600 Displays by groups and societies working to promote the history and heritage of the area. Steaming Weekend Ryhope Engines Museum June 3 to June 5, 11am to 4pm. FREE Contact: 0191 521 0235 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Event Cliffe Park, Seaburn June 4, 1pm to 10pm. FREE Fun event for all the family including open air movies, music and fireworks. Diamond Jubilee Japes Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens June 6, 11.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm. FREE Contact: 0191 553 2323 Help create giant pink lusterware mugs featuring the royal family.

Falklands War Commemoration North East Aircraft Museum June 2 to June 3. Entry £5, £3 concs. Contact: 0191 519 0662


Pond Dipping Herrington Country Park June 6, 1pm. FREE Contact: 0191 534 8526 Join the park rangers for a fun afternoon pond dipping.

Coldplay Stadium of Light June 7, from 4pm. Various prices Contact: 0871 911 1973 The Drifters Sunderland Empire June 7. £25 Contact: 0844 847 2499 An Evening with John Grundy Arts Centre Washington June 7, 7.30pm. £8.50 Contact: 0191 219 3455 Alice in Wonderland Fun Day Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens June 8, 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm. FREE Contact: 0191 553 2323 Make teapots and cups for a Mad Hatter’s tea party and try the Alice in Wonderland Riddle trail.

The Diamond Years Sunderland Empire June 8. £10 Contact: 0844 847 2499 Sunderland Amateur Operatic Society presents a tribute to 60 years of British musicals to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.

Sunderland Yacht Club Open Day Old North Pier, Roker June 16, 11am to 4pm. FREE Contact: 0191 548 2714 Sailing taster sessions in dinghys and yachts.

Among Brothers Independent June 8, 8pm. £5 Contact: 0191 564 8830 Diamond Jubilee Celebration starring Leah Bell Ramside Hall Hotel June 8, 12 noon. £18.95 Contact: 0191 386 5282 Sing-along performance spanning four weddings and a coronation. Wild Flowers and Butterflies Tunstall Hills Local Nature Reserve June 10, 2pm to 4pm. FREE Contact: 0191 528 4659 Explore Tunstall Hills and learn about the rare and common species of wildflowers and butterflies. Enjoy the Flora Herrington Country Park June 15, 2pm. FREE Contact: 0191 534 8526

Elton John Metroradio Arena, Newcastle June 13. From £40 Contact: 0844 493 4567

This Way Up Arts Centre Washington June 14, 10.30am and 1.30pm. £5 Contact: 0191 219 3455 Witty play about childhood and ageing suitable for children aged 3 and older and their grown-ups.

Westlife – The Greatest Hits Farewell Tour Metroradio Arena, Newcastle June 15. £41.50 Contact: 0844 493 4567

Sunderland Festival Herrington Country Park June 17 Contact: 0191 534 8526 Matinee movie, live music, food and drink village, kite flying displays and more. Guided tour of WWT Washington WWT Washington Wetlands Centre June 17, 2pm Contact: 0191 416 5454. Blink 182 Metroradio Arena, Newcastle June 19. £33.19 Contact: 0844 493 4567

The Johnny Cash Story Sunderland Empire June 16. £22 Contact: 0844 847 2499 Sunderland in 2012 Herrington Country Park June 16, 12 noon to 10pm. FREE Contact: 0191 534 8526 A celebratory event to mark the Olympic Flame travelling through Sunderland which will include various activities, funfair, local bands and a food and drink village. Castle Open Day Hylton Castle June 16, 10am to 2pm. FREE Find out all about the history of the castle and the Hylton family. The Penshaw Olympics Penshaw Equestrian Centre June 16, 8.30am start. Entry fee per class Contact: 0191 584 4828

Bruce Springsteen Stadium of Light June 21, from 4pm. From £55 Contact: 0871 911 1973


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Essence of Ireland Sunderland Empire June 9. £20 & £22 Contact: 0844 847 2499 Breathtaking show of brilliant choreography, superb musicianship and dazzling costumes.

An Intimate Evening with Joe Longthorne Sunderland Empire June 22. £19.50 & £21 Contact: 0844 847 2499

Hi-de-Hi Royalty Theatre June 25, 7.30pm. £7.50 (£6.50 concessions) Contact: 0191 553 2000 or 561 2764. One Night of Elvis Sunderland Empire June 27. £19 and £21 Contact: 0844 847 2499 Elvis Presley tribute artist Lee Memphis King presents the ultimate tribute to The King. Festival of Wheels Monkwearmouth Station Museum June 27. FREE Contact: 0191 567 7075.

Best in the World Arts Centre, Washington June 22, 7.30pm. £8.50 Contact: 0191 219 3455 Play suitable for ages 10 and over. Craft Fair Seaburn Centre June 24, 10am to 4.30pm. 50p Contact: 0191 522 9533

Disney’s Aladdin Sunderland Empire June 29 to June 30. £15 Contact: 0844 847 2499 Centre Stage North East present a musical extravaganza. Diamond Jubilee Military Tattoo St Peter’s Square, University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus June 30. Dress rehearsal 2.30pm, main performance 7.30pm. From £5. Contact: 0191 561 1235

Durham Coastal Footpath Walk Meet at Seaham (details on booking) July 1, 10.30am (for approximately 6 hours) Contact: 0191 383 3351 9 mile walk, bring packed lunch. Booking essential. Primrose Hill Circular Walk Meet at Shiney Row Customer Service Centre and Library July 1, 9.45am. Contact: 0191 454 2097 9 mile woodland walk, bring packed lunch. Wild Flowers & Butterflies Tunstall Hills Local Nature Reserve July 1, 2pm to 4pm Contact: 0191 528 4659 Kathleen Davis Productions Present Wow! Sunderland Empire July 3. £8 to £12 Contact: 0844 847 2499 Ghost Hunt Washington Old Hall July 6, 10pm to 3am. £25 Contact: 0791 567 0663

Legion - Kelly Richardson Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art July 5 to September 29 FREE Contact: 0191 561 8478 CANADIAN artist Kelly Richardson is one of the leading representatives of a new generation of artists working with high-end technology to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium of Light June 24. From £45 Contact: 0871 911 1973 Tour of former shipyards on Wearside June 24, 10am. £5 Contact: 07833 787 481. Booking essential Three hour vintage bus tour of former shipyard sites in Sunderland Ladies Day Ramside Hall Hotel June 24, 11.30am. £30 Contact: 0191 386 5282 Butlers in the Buff, Steve Walls, Chico and The Boyz and a two-course lunch.


Richardson’s work has wowed audiences across the world from Beijing to Barcelona, and has been snapped up by major museums across the USA and Canada.

fragments of a second sun falling to earth, covering the mountains and hills of the Lake District with balls of fire. Alongside ‘Legion’, Richardson will reveal another brand new work, ‘Mariner 9’, commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, which imagines a future life on Mars, with robot drones scavenging across the surface of the planet.

‘Legion’ is her first one-person exhibition in the UK, and provides a retrospective of over a decade of her work. Many of her bestknown works create a vision of a world on the brink of apocalypse. ‘Exiles of the Shattered Star’, reveals

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Brass: Durham International Festival 2012 Various venues, Durham July 6 to July 22. Contact: A musical game of Chinese whispers, a carnival parade on the River Wear, a bandstand made out of paper and an ant orchestra on stilts are among the many highlights.

The Big Dance Community Day Arts Centre Washington July 7, 11am to 3pm. FREE Contact: 0191 219 3455

The Wanted Tynemouth Priory & Castle July 14, 6pm. £27.50 Contact: 0844 686 9471

Bob the Builder Sunderland Empire July 7. £13 or £40 for a family of four Contact: 0844 847 2499 Sunderland Heritage Quarter Charity Dragon Boat Race Low Street, Sunderland July 14, 10am to 4pm Contact: 0778 444 6787

42nd Street Sunderland Empire July 17 to 21. £13 to £30.50 Contact: 0844 847 2499

Send us your listings! Email your listings to Remember to include what, where, when, how much and a contact number. Delicious - North East Food and Drink Festival Nissan Sport & Social Conference Centre July 14 (12noon to 8pm) & July 15 (10am to 6pm). Adults £5, under 16s accompanied by adult, FREE Contact: 0191 415 2354

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Freelander milestone

New Mini sets the pace A SEVENTH model is due to be added to the successful Mini family. The coupe-crossover Paceman is a sportier, two-door version of the Countryman and almost identical to the concept car unveiled at last year’s Detriot Motor Show.

Designers have given the Paceman a lower roof and a more angled rear windscreen as well as a four-wheel drive. A full production version of the car will be revealed later this year with production due to start early in 2013.

JAGUAR Land Rover celebrated an important milestone in May as the 300,000th Land Rover Freelander 2 was driven off the production line at its Halewood facility. Land Rover began manufacturing the Freelander 2 at Halewood in October 2006 and the 300,000th model is destined for a customer in Brazil – one of the fastest growing markets for UK-built products. Halewood Operations Director, Richard Else said: “I’d like to congratulate the Halewood team for reaching this superb milestone and also sustaining the highest quality standards on Freelander 2 during the Range Rover Evoque launch period. Freelander was Land Rover’s biggest selling model last year retailing around 52,000 units globally.” JLR’s Halewood facility is currently celebrating five decades of automotive manufacturing and assembly. The plant was constructed back in 1962 and the first car rolled off the production line in March 1963.

Aston anniversary model The milestone car, a Barolo Black 2.2 TD4

Fiat 500X on way A BEEFED-UP version of the Fiat 500 is leading a raft of new SUVs. The suped-up new Fiat, which will have a more coupe-like shape, is joined this year with new models from Ford, Peugeot, Renault, Jeep and SsangYong. ASTON Martin is marking its 100th anniversary next year with the launch of a new special edition. CEO Dr Ulrich Bez told Auto Express that the vehicle, which will be unveiled in the summer, will be an entirely new model and not an updated DB9. Commentators believe the new car will be a version of the current DBS coupe.

The Aston Martin company began in 1913, when founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford realised their desire to build distinctive, high quality sports cars. Martin regularly competed in hill climb races at Aston Clinton, and a simple combination of the name of the event and the driver gave birth to one of the most famous automotive brands.


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O’Neill the transformer Writing exclusively for R&R magazine, award-winning Guardian and Independent sports writer Tim Rich reflects on this season’s appointment of Martin O’Neill as manager. eewahahaha”. That is roughly how The Far Corner, the finest book written about football in the North East, comes to an end. The author, Harry Pearson, has just heard that Bryan Robson has agreed to become manager of his own beloved Middlesbrough, replacing the less-thancharismatic figure of Lennie Lawrence. He runs round his kitchen punching the air. Sunderland have not had many “weewahahaha” moments. They flushed the messiah complex out of their system pretty early. In 1985 a limousine bearing the expensively-recruited Lawrie McMenemy drew up at Roker Park and those who were there said it was like Kennedy coming to town. Within two years Sunderland were in the Third Division for the first time in their history and McMenemy’s house in Washington was under police protection. The Far Corner is set in the 1993-94 season when Sunderland were managed by Mick Buxton, who with his flat cap and white hair had the air of a pigeon fancier from Ryhope. Newcastle were in the middle of their great doomed love affair with Kevin Keegan. The balance of glamour seemed horribly one-sided. For the first time since McMenemy’s motorcade crossed the Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland have a manager that appears the kind of match that you would get from an internet dating site. Martin O’Neill’s love for Sunderland may be understated but it runs very deep. In 1998 I was working for The Journal in



Newcastle and had just written an interview with Mark McGhee, who was O’Neill’s predecessor at Leicester. The phone rang and the voice announced himself as Martin O’Neill, displeased with some of the comments McGhee had made. “You should sack your researcher,” he said. “That’ll be me,” came the reply. The conversation became less edgy when he asked where I lived and I replied: “Sunderland”. He talked about one of his favourite subjects, Charlie Hurley, and we parted on better terms. He can be prickly, as Aston Villa discovered when he walked out on the eve of the season. Like Brian Clough, it always seemed likely that O’Neill would come to Sunderland, although unlike his mentor he never gave the promise that he would “walk over broken glass” to do so. Clough is his great template and one of his acquaintances remarked that: “if he could get away with wearing a green goalkeeper’s jersey on the touchline, he would do so.” The Stadium of Light has greeted a disciple of Clough before but, unlike Roy Keane, who is still seen at Nottingham Forest far more frequently than at Old Trafford, he is the finished article.

...O’Neill’s love for Sunderland may be understated but it runs very deep. That O’Neill spent three years at Parkhead, taking Celtic to a Uefa Cup final and the Scottish championship means that the pressures of managing in the North East can be put in their proper perspective. When Walter Smith moved from Rangers to Everton, he discovered his phone

stopped ringing every fifteen minutes; he had time to think and this summer O’Neill will do a lot of thinking. Keane never learned from Sir Alex Ferguson that the displays of dressing-room rage known as ‘the hairdryer’ were to be employed sparingly. As a student of law and one of those who would risk plenty by standing up to Clough in the dressing rooms of the City Ground, O’Neill is more subtle. Like Clough, his great gift is taking footballers who might appear mediocre or forgotten and transforming them. The Leicester side he took to three League Cup finals were journeymen who performed consistently above themselves. It is probably no surprise that O’Neill’s first success was in turning James McClean from a young reserve-team footballer into one of the most consistently exciting wingers the Stadium of Light has seen. It is worth pointing out that, however disliked Steve Bruce was by the end, the inheritance he left behind at Sunderland and for that matter at Wigan was a sound one. It is perhaps a better group of players than he inherited at Aston Villa and, essentially, O’Neill is back where he left, at a big, American-owned club that craves a place in the sun. He gave Aston Villa top-six finishes and Wembley finals. Should he repeat that at Sunderland, it would be the cue for a few weewahahaha moments on Wearside. During an 10-year plus spell in the North East Tim Rich covered cricket and football for the Sunderland Echo and The Journal. He is now a freelance national sports writer for The Independent and The Guardian and co-runs Rich Media ( in Manchester.



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