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S UNDERLAND The City, Coast & Beyond... APRIL 2 020

Enjoy Easter at home with heaps of family fun to keep you busy. Stay safe Sunderland!

Flick to page 11 for details on our cracking Easter craft competition!


Coronavirus #MySunderland Sunderland City Council has put together a range of support to help our residents and communities stay safe and well throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.

Can you help in your community?

Do you need help or support?

Sunderland people do amazing things every day and we really need you to continue supporting each other during these difďŹ cult times, while being mindful of government guidance about minimising trips out of the home and maintaining social distancing.

If you are affected by Coronavirus and feel you need help, let us know and we will match you with a volunteer in your neighbourhood.

If you can help, please complete this short form online describing the help you can provide at: www.sunderland.gov.uk/coronavirus, email us at volunteering@sunderland.gov.uk or give us a call on 0800 234 6084.

Please complete this short form online at describing the help you need at: www.sunderland.gov.uk/coronavirus, email us at helpsunderland@sunderland.gov.uk or talk to us on 0800 234 6084.

Are you a business that needs support? If you have a business you can access information and support at www.sunderland.gov.uk/covid-19business

Remember: for the most up to date advice, visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus SunderlandUKOfďŹ cial

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hello As you all know, we at Sunderland Vibe love shouting about the people, communities and the businesses that make Wearside tick. However, given the current circumstances, we appreciate that you can't pop into the city centre for a shopping spree or enjoy a delicious flat white at one of our favourite coffee shops. So, In light of the unsettling and uncertain situation we find ourselves in, we feel it is our duty to use our platform - and the pages of this magazine - to continue supporting those who make Sunderland shine, while encouraging you to stay as safe as possible at home. That's why, in this issue, you’ll discover more inspiring articles about the joys to be found while staying at home with loved ones - whether you find yourself baking, keeping fit or just pottering around the garden. We’ll also be shining a light on the best binge-worthy movies to feast your eyes on while you’re laying low, treating footy fans to an in-depth look at the Fans Museum and diving into Sunderland’s wartime past with our brand new feature, the Vibe Vault. Stay safe, keep sane and look out for one another. We'll get through this together!

4 Vibe online

Sunderland Vibe through your eyes

6 Support independents

Show your support for Sunderland

8 Looking after our own

Feeding our region's food banks

24 A day in the life Emeli Sandé on campus

11 WIN with Sunderland Vibe A cracking Easter craft competition

26 The people's game

Behind-the-scenes at the Fans Museum

14 Easter Vanilla Bundt Cake

28 Bringing calm to your home

Delicious recipes to try at home

We catch up with Wellness Space

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19 Happy home-schooling

30 Keeping culture conscious

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21 Apps for self-isolation

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Top tips for educating at home

Finding your Sunderland Culture fix

Digital downloads to keep you busy

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@daniellemcmenemy Still plenty of fun to have indoors. @churchgreenfoto Roker Pier, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear. The outside world seems a scary place right now - and more of us are now hunkering down in the comfort and safety of our own homes than ever before. Fortunately, there are tons of perks to staying housebound, from baking and playing boardgames, to discovering new books and movies and giving at-home workouts a go. There’s never been a better time to enjoy an indoor adventure than now and here’s what a few of you have been up to…

@elysiajanefryer While people are fighting for pasta & toilet roll, we're buying jigsaws & yoga mats (& probably some wine, too). 4

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Little Lambs gets a lot of love in Sunderland Sunderland-based Nicol Lamb had always dreamt of opening her own baby boutique and did just that in December 2018 when she launched Little Lambs Boutique in the city. Now, with a successful first year in business under her belt we catch up with her to see how life is as a young entrepreneur. “My first year in business has been amazing. It has been very challenging as I’d expected, but it’s so rewarding. I’ve grown so much as a person and as a business and I’m always excited for what’s to come and what I can achieve next with my work.” With its candy pink doors and sweet interior, Little Lambs Boutique certainly caught the attention of shoppers from the very beginning. Specialising in Spanish designer wear for babies and children, as well as accessories, gifts and prams, Nicol has built up a loyal fan base with parents and little ones alike. Nicol said: “We all know the high street is really struggling at the moment so the aim was to give people a real reason to shop locally. By providing a lovely shopping experience, unusual stock at competitive prices and a personal service, we are a genuine alternative to online shopping.” Nicol spent two years preparing to open

her baby-wear shop and sought help from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), working with start-up business adviser Margaret Cook. “Margaret has been there, right by my side, from the very beginning and throughout – offering guidance and support and I’m extremely grateful for that,” said Nicol. “She walked me through each step – from researching the market and putting a business plan together to securing a loan. I honestly could not have done this without her.” Nicol is also hugely grateful for the encouragement she’s received from her customers. She added: “We’ve had so much support from the community. I’ve met so many amazing people along the way gaining regular customers which I now think of as friends. I can honestly say it’s the best risk I’ve ever taken.” It is 25 years since the BIC opened its doors with a mission to inspire a new dawn of enterprise and employment, providing a professional environment for entrepreneurs to start and grow their business.

Delivering a comprehensive range of support, the BIC is committed to providing services tailored to meet the individual needs of new and thriving businesses. Every year, hundreds of people access the BIC’s fully-funded business start-up programme. Receiving advice from business experts at the very beginning of the start-up journey really does give a business the best start. S O IF YOU, LIKE NICOL HAVE THE PAS SION AND DETERMINATION TO START YOUR OW N BUSINESS THEN GIVE US A CALL ON 0191 516 6111 OR VIS IT NE-BIC.CO.UK

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Support the independents! We love all of the independent traders and local businesses in and around our beautiful city! Now, more than ever, is a great time to show our support. Take a look at our guide to some of the businesses that have adapted their ways of working and headed online to keep you fit, healthy and feeling good this April...

Feel-good food Thoburns Fresh Produce Our chums at Thoburn's Fresh Produce are still making it possible to indulge in all your foodie favourites this spring! They're running a home delivery service straight to your door this April. With a firm focus on keeping fit and healthy, the team have put together a range of healthy food boxes - starting from as little as ÂŁ10! Expect to see colourful salad boxes, homegrown vegetable packages and vibrant fruit boxes that are bursting with all your exotic favourites. All you need to do is head over to their Facebook page, email the team your order and get set for feel-good foodie experience, straight to your home. FACEBOOK.COM/THOBURNS-FRESHPRODUCE

Get your health kick The Little Refill Shop The Little Refill shop is one of the region’s first zero waste stores, providing sustainable and largely plastic-free homeware and personal products. Spring is the perfect time to start focusing on yourself - and what better place to start thinking about your wellbeing than with a free delivery from the fine folk at The Little Refill shop? This family-run health store is at the heart of the community and is home to a large range of herbal remedies, tons of delicious wholegrain foods and natural supplements. Head online, process your order and get good-for-the-planet goodies delivered to your door! FACEBOOK.COM/THELITTLEREFILLSHOP

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Self-care & glow-ups Port Independent Port Independent has made big waves in the fashion scene this year! Next up, they're taking online shopping to the next level with a purse-pleasing 20% off online orders. The streetwear aficionados have everything from cool long sleeve t-shirts to Vaux Brewery-inspired prints - guaranteed to keep you looking fresh this spring. PORTINDEPENDENT.CO.UK

Aphrodite In need of a wardobe overhaul this April? Our friends at Aphrodite have got you covered, offering 20% off all new season collections online. With new ranges available from the likes of CP Company, and Ralph Lauren at bargain prices, now is the perfect time to spruce up your wardrobe and crack that new look for your video call night out with the gang! APHRODITE1994.COM

Flower power Ryhope Florists Looking for something to bring a little life to your living space? In search of something special to send to a loved one during these tough times? Ryhope Florists have got you covered this spring! Head over to their Facebook page where you'll find gorgeous arrangements and beautiful bouquets guaranteed to put smiles on faces across the region! The vital final touch to any home after a spring clean, or a gorgeous gift for someone special. Search Ryhope Florists Sunderland on Facebook and order through Messenger it's that simple! FACEBOOK.COM/RYHOPEFLORISTS. SUNDERLAND


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Working towards a healthier future With the NHS and health sector under increased pressure during these unprecedented times, Sunderland College continues to lead the way in producing the next generation of frontline health care professionals. Challenging the growing skills gap across the region, the college has invested in state-of-the-art facilities such as its Health Hub at Bede Campus to provide outstanding facilities for its students. Featuring a three-bed hospital ward, treatment room and sluice area with patient mannequins, a self-contained apartment to mirror a modern home care environment, mock ambulance interior and real care infant simulators among other industry standard facilities, the college ensures students gain vital skills and experience within professional working environments. In 2017, more than 96% of health and social care graduates progressed to employment or further study, such as Leah, who now works at Sunderland Royal Hospital. "I have always wanted to be a nurse and make a difference to people's lives," she says. "I started off as an apprentice which combined studying with working as a healthcare assistant on the trauma and orthopaedics ward.

"I was then offered a permanent position, assisting the nurses with discharging patients. I am proud of what I do and health care is a profession I want to progress in and do for the rest of my life - I'm now looking into studying a nursing degree. "I owe my growth in confidence to my tutor at Sunderland College and working at the hospital. The environment at the college is very welcoming and the tutors are so supportive." The college's links with employers such

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as the NHS, Care Academy, Ashford Orthodontics, Age UK, Washington Mind and St Benedict's Hospice, further helps students get career ready and gain real work skills. “I look at the Sunderland College students being put through their paces and I see ready-made healthcare professionals," adds Lance Gardner, Clinical Director and Chairman at social care provider, Be Caring. "As an employer, I could take on any one of these young people and know that Be Caring is welcoming a highly-trained and motivated professional." Almost 90,000 health care roles were expected to be available in the region in the coming years but, following the devastating outbreak of COVID-19, the specialist skills of health and social care professionals will be in higher demand than ever before. Education Partnership North East CEO, Ellen Thinnesen, who is also a qualified nurse, said: "The dedication of outstanding health care professionals in the current challenge is admirable. I am proud that we are ensuring that the workforce of the future is enhanced with highly-trained and committed individuals." TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT S UNDERLAND COLLEGE'S HEALTH AND S OCIAL CARE PROGRAMMES, AS W ELL AS G ET INFORMATION ABOUT ITS INNOVATIVE VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS, VISIT S UNDERLANDCOLLEGE.AC.UK 7


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Looking after our own… We pride ourselves on being at the heart of the community. Given recent developments, we thought it was only appropriate to help those who need it most. Here is a guide to the food banks dotted across the city that need your help now, more than ever.

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URG ENTLY NEEDED FO O D I TE M S SAVO U RY SNACKS UH T MILK CO FFEE CU STARD/ R ICE P U DD I NG FRUIT JUICE & TINNED F RUI T B ISCUITS/ SNACK B A RS TINNED TO MATO E S B EANS DR IED PASTA CEREAL TINNED MEAT


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FOOD DO NTATION P O INTS

Morrisons Seaburn Whitburn Rd, Sunderland SR6 8AA Sainsbury’s Fulwell 110 Station Rd, Roker, Sunderland SR6 9AE Asda Grangetown Industrial Estate, Leechmere Rd, Sunderland SR2 9TT Asda Seaham Byron Place, South Terrace, Seaham SR7 7HN Sunderland Minster 309 High St W, Sunderland SR1 3ET

FOO D PAR C E L DI ST R I B U TIO N

Southwick - Salvation Army Austin House, Shakespeare Street SR5 2JX

Ashbrooke - Bethany City Church Bede Tower, Burdon Road SR2 7DZ

Eden Vale - ELIM Sunderland New Durham Road, Sunderland SR2 7PD

High Barnes - Streetcare St. Gabriel's Church, 1 St. Gabriel's Avenue, High Barnes, Sunderland SR4 7TF

Pennywell - St Thomas' Church St Thomas' Church, Petersfield Road, Pennywell, Sunderland SR4 9BD

Millfield - City Life Church City Life Church 170 Hylton Road, Millfield, Sunderland SR4 6EX

Shiney Row - St Johns St John’s Evangelical Church, Church Street, Shiney Row DH4 7DD

Roker - New Springs City Church 130 Fulwell Road, Roker SR6 9QR

Farringdon Youth & Community Centre Allendale Rd, Sunderland SR3 3EL

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Sunderland Carers Centre Thompson Park, Thompson Rd, Sunderland SR5 1SF Tesco Metro 80 The Bridges, Sunderland SR1 3LE Pop Recs 29 Grange Terrace, Sunderland SR2 7AQ Fans Museum North Bridge St, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1AP Redhouse Medical Centre 127 Renfrew Rd, Sunderland SR5 5PS Sunderland Foodbank Foodstore Foodbank Office & Foodstore, Fusebox, 90 Coronation Street, Sunderland SR1 2HE

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Gentoo’s top tips for keeping well!

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Make the most of social media People are online now more than ever. Make the most of it by sharing positive news stories, supporting your local businesses, offering encouragement to others and support to those who need it.

Gentoo continuing to deliver vital services In response to the current Coronavirus crisis, Gentoo is delivering its services in new and innovative different ways… Sunderland-based housing association, Gentoo, has announced some temporary changes to its services, following the latest guidance from the government in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak. The welfare of its tenants, residents and employees continues to be Gentoo’s main priority during these difficult times, which is why the company is doing everything it can to continue delivering vital services, while helping to minimise the threat of spreading of the virus. Here are a few of the new and temporary services people can expect to see - and benefit from - over the next few weeks…

Repairs and maintenance Gentoo will continue to respond to emergency repairs. All routine repairs, work-related to maintenance and nonessential homes visits will be currently suspended. Housing management All Gentoo offices are currently closed, but tenants can still contact their Neighbourhood Coordinator directly on their mobile number or online. Tenants can continue to pay their rent via the Gentoo website, over the telephone by dialling 0191 525 5000, or at an Allpay Paypoint. Those who have suffered, or will suffer, a loss of income as a result of Coronavirus should contact their Neighbourhood Coordinator, who will be able to discuss 10

struggles around keeping up with rent payments. Tenants and residents with district heating in Washington can top their meters up at three locations in Washington, details of which can be found on Gentoo’s website. The housing allocation service through HomeHunt has been suspended, meaning properties available to rent cannot be bid on at the moment.

Tenant support services Tenants who are currently receiving assistance from Support Coordinators will receive wellbeing phone calls twice daily. A programme of intensive cleaning of high contact areas in residential buildings with communal areas is in place. Restrictions have been put in place within the extra care and supported housing schemes to protect residents and colleagues. Gentoo’s support staff will be available at each scheme every morning to support residents.

Gentoo Homes Gentoo Homes’ sales offices, show homes and construction sites are closed. New Homes Advisors and the Customer Care Team are continuing to work remotely and further information on how to contact them can be found on Gentoo Homes' website. GE NTOOHOMES .COM

Be a good neighbour With many now social distancing, it's important to check in with neighbours, family and friends regularly. Telephone them often to check if they are ok and aren't in need of anything.

Keep busy Over the coming weeks, you may find yourself with more time on your hands than usual. Why not use this time to take part in Gentoo's digital consultation on topics such as repairs and maintenance services, and care and support services. To find out more and join in, email communityteam@gentoogroup.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND THE LATEST UPDATES, VIS IT GENTOOG ROUP.COM/ CORONAVIRUS

Genfactor is back! Watch this space as Gentoo confirms Gen-factor will be launching for its 11th year later this year. Gentoo is once again launching Genfactor - the much-loved talent competition that celebrates the brightest young talents across the city! 11-18-year-olds who live in the area, or attend a school or college in Sunderland, are invited to take to the stage, strut their stuff and show off their talents as part of an incredible evening of live entertainment. AUDITION DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED S OON, BUT TO BE AMONG ST THE FIRST TO KNOW, MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION OVER AT FACEBOOK.COM/ GENTOOG ENFACTOR


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Sunderland Vibe To celebrate the Easter holidays, and to help kids get crafty in the home, we’re giving Vibe readers and their little ones the chance to WIN £100 for the best decorated egg! Egg decorating competitions take place in schools across Sunderland, the North East and beyond every Easter. This year, we’re taking matters into our own hands with our very own Sunderland Vibe Egg Decorating Competition. Simply create your own egg-cellent masterpiece, submit your snaps on Facebook tagging @SunderlandVibe and use the hashtag #VibeEasterEgg. Our Sunderland Vibe Egg Decorating champion will be announced via Facebook on Sunday 19th April 2020. T&Cs: Images must be shared via our Sunderland Vibe Facebook page tagging @SunderlandVibe and using the hashtag #VibeEasterEgg. Only one winner will be announced. Other terms and conditions are available on request from: rebecca@remembermedia.co.uk. Closing date: Noon, Sunday 19th April 2020.

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With the Easter holidays in full swing, and recent Government measures meaning we're all house-bound, there's never been a better time to pop the apron on and cook, bake and create!

Fishy Friday There’s nothing better than a chippy tea come Easter Friday. Get all hands on deck at home with this cracking fish 'n' chips recipe!

Ingredients 4 potatoes (chopped into 8 wedges) 1 tbsp vegetable oil 75g dried breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten 4 fillets of skinless haddock/cod 300g mushy peas Black pepper

Singin’ Hinnies The North East's answer to fluffy pancakes, these sweet, griddled hotcakes go down a treat with everyone - including the kids. Best of all? You only need a few kitchen cupboard ingredients to make them! Eat them for breakfast, or serve them as tea-time pick-me-up.

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300g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder Zest of ½ lemon ½ tsp salt 75g chilled lard, diced 75g cold butter, diced, plus extra to cook 2-3 tbsp milk, to mix 100g currants or other dried fruit, optional

1. Combine the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and salt in a mixing bowl. Rub in the fats until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then stir in the dried fruit, if using. Add just enough milk to mix to a firm, but not crumbly, dough. 2. Roll out on a floured surface to about 1cm thick and stamp out 6cm rounds with a cutter. 3. Grease a flat griddle or a heavy frying pan with a little butter. Cook the hinnies in batches over a medium to low heat for 2-3 minutes each side, until they are well browned and cooked through.

Did you know? The 'singin' refers to the sounds of the sizzling lard (or butter) while the little treats cook in the pan. Traditionally, Singin Hinnies are served like scones, with lashings of cream, loads of jam and sometimes berries, too. Go with what you fancy! 12

Method 1. Pre-heat your oven to oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil. 2. Add the potatoes to a roasting tin. Use the remaining vegetable oil and toss to coat. Add a pinch of black pepper and bake for 35-40 minutes, turning over after 20 minutes. 3. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on to a plate and add a pinch of black pepper. Dip each fish fillet in the beaten egg mixture and coat in breadcrumbs. 4. Bake the fish fillets for 20 minutes, alongside the potatoes. 5. Once cooked, heat the mushy peas and serve. Enjoy!


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Vibe Panackelty Panackelty warms the cockles like no other. Traditionally cooked on a Monday and made from Sunday lunch leftovers, this hearty casserole dish is still one of the North East’s most loved meals. It's made up of layers of meat and vegetables, including potatoes, onions, carrot, corned beef or bacon, all of which are left to bake throughout the day in an oven pot on low heat, or cooked slowly on a low heat in a pan - hence the name! A hearty meal for the entire family and a great way to make the most of leftover meat and veg check out our Vibe Panackelty recipe below and make it an evening meal to remember!

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4 onions, chopped 2 tbsp beef dripping 400g corned beef, leftover meat or sausages 125g bacon, sliced 2 carrots, sliced, with any other root vegetables lying around 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced 750ml hot stock Salt and pepper

1. Pre-heat th oven to 190ºC and line a oven-proof casserole dish with a touch of vegetable oil. 2. Fry the onions (with bacon if possible) in beef dripping for 10 minutes before setting aside. 3. Using the same pan, line the bottom of the pan with a layer of sliced potatoes, seasoning each layer as you go. Cover each layer with sliced onions, leftover meat and sliced carrots. 4. Repeat the layering process with a layer of potatoes. Pour in the hot stock, cover with foil and place into a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes. 5. After 45 minutes, remove the foil lip and place back into the oven to let the potatoes brown. 6. Return the dish to the oven for 10 minutes until bubbling. 7. Stick it in a bowl and dive in!

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Time to celebrate! As an extra little nod to Easter, we love to fill the middle of the cake with everyone’s favourite mini eggs! And if you’re feeling extra fancy, why not finish things off with a dusting of icing sugar? A light flurry turns this simple cake into a celebratory showstopper - the perfect way to end your Easter Sunday feast!

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Easter Vanilla Bundt Cake What better way to pass the time while laying low at home than rolling up your sleeves and trying a bit of baking? This month, thoughts are turning to sweet Easter-inspired treats and this super-easy cake, made with easy-to-find ingredients, is at the top of our list.

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250g softened unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the bundt tin 250g plain flour 1½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp fine salt 225g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds scraped out with the tip of a knife (you could also use 1 tsp of vanilla extract) 4 large free-range eggs, at room temperature

Method 1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Generously butter the inside of the bundt tin using your hands (or a brush) to get right into the corners of the tin. You need to be

generous with the butter and take care over this stage, otherwise the cake won’t turn out of the tin. 2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. In another large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each one. 3. Using a metal spoon, fold in the flour mixture, taking care not to knock out the air you’ve just whisked in. 4. Dollop the mixture into the greased bundt tin and smooth the top, then bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely. Sift icing sugar generously all over the cake and add mini eggs to the middle.


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Vibe-Style Stotties We won’t be visiting our local bakeries for some time - but that doesn’t mean we have to go without our favourite baked delights! Essentially a flat, round loaf, the humble stottie is the region’s most-loved bread bun and it’s easier to make than you think. Why not give it a go?

Ingredients 260g strong plain white flour 1tsp salt 45g butter 11g (or 2 packets) fresh yeast or 3-4g fast acting dried yeast (a little over ½ tsp) ½ tsp sugar 75ml hot water 75ml warm milk A pinch of white pepper

Slice, spread and serve! We love to split our stotties in half and fill them with our favourite spreads and meats, or cheese or salad. You can also try toasting them and dunking them into a hearty helping of ham and pea soup. Filling, wholesome and proper delicious!

Method 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. In a bowl, rub the butter into the salt and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. 2. In a jug, mix the yeast with 15ml hot water and the sugar. Wait until it is frothing, then make a well in the centre of the flour. Mix in the rest of the hot water and warm milk. Gradually pour it into the mix. 3. Knead for a few minutes until smooth and elastic, then pop into a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size. This will take at least an hour. 4. Place the risen dough on to a floured board. Roll into a large flat disc, about an inch thick. Stick the end of a rolling pin in the centre to make an indentation. Prick the top of the dough with a fork. 5. Lay it on to a greased baking sheet and leave in a warm place for 20 minutes to rise again. 6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Do not open the oven door. Once cooked, remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool before serving.

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Keeping yourself in tip-top shape It's never been more important to look after yourself - and others. Here, we round up some of our favourite ways to keep the positive vibes flowing over the coming weeks and months ahead...

Pick up the phone!

Mackems... we're renowned for our friendly nature! To keep your mental health in top shape, why not get on the phone to friends, families and neighbours and have a right good natter? Call your loved ones and chat about your day. Ask things like, have you watched that latest season on Netflix? How many cups of coffee have you consumed this morning? Remember when Sunderland got to Wembley? Arrange regular catch-ups, both on the phone and via video. You can still crack open a bottle of wine with the girls or rewatch a classic football match with the lads, without leaving the sofa! Don’t just make vague plans to video call ‘at some point’ – plan your evenings around 'at-home socialising' just like you normally would. Try to be 16

creative so that you can keep doing the things you love together.

Time for a new hobby

Now is the perfect time to start a new hobby! Whether it’s picking up an instrument, diving into the world of knitting, or losing yourself in the world of reading, finding a new pastime will do your health the world of good. Knitting is known to reduce anxiety, whereas finding a new book (or any book for that matter) can help you escape to another world beyond the four walls of your living room. The fine folk at Sunderland City Council are allowing bookworms to borrow a selection of e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines for free. All you need to get

started is your library card and PIN number. You can also sign up for the Royal National Institute of Blind People's free talking books by digital download service. Follow the link below for more information on how you can enjoy a wide range of brilliant novels in the comfort of your home. S UNDERLAND.G OV.UK/ LIBRARIES/OPAC

Rallying together…

We’re proud of who we are and where we come from. It’s the local communities that help make Sunderland the place it is and in uncertain times such as these it’s important to recognise our role within the community. From donating to those most in need to shopping local, here are some ways to keep your community strong...


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Online workouts

Maintaining your mental and physical health is crucial during this difficult time, so keeping up with your regular workout routine is non-negotiable. Thankfully, many companies are offering free online workouts so you can still get your heart rate up, get sweaty, strengthen your muscles and release all that built-up energy and emotion. Here’s a few to check out... Planet Fitness: These health gurus are offering viewers live-streamed at-home workouts. Head to their Facebook page for start times. FAC EBO OK.COM / PL ANET FI T NESS WEARfit Sunderland: Get your sweat on with a live workout from the kind folk at WEARfit Sunderland. FAC EBO OK.COM / WEARFI TSU NDERL AND Corepower Yoga: Be sure to check out free yoga and sculpting videos on the Corepower Yoga website. CO R EP OWERYO GA.C OM

Shop local independents

A vital part of what makes Sunderland so special. Take time to think about your local, independent business this April and how you can help and support them during this difficult time. A great idea is to purchase an online gift card from your favourite coffee hang-out, hair salon or music hideout.

Donate, donate, donate!

Pick up the phone and chat with local food banks and homeless shelters around the city to find out what resources they may need. Please continue to support Sunderland Foodbank if possible by using donation points in your local supermarket. Head to their website to out how you can support. S U NDERLAND.FOODBANK.ORG.UK

Run errands!

The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are at greater risk of getting sick from Coronavirus. If you’re able, why not volunteer to run errands, such as shopping for groceries, picking up prescriptions and going on toilet-paper runs? Just remember to follow goverment guidelines at all times! FAC EBOOK.COM/ SUNDERLANDCOVID19

Offer free services online

Some people - and businesses - are providing free therapy, meditation and tutoring online during the pandemic. Core Power Yoga is offering free digital access to instructional yoga videos!

We at Sunderland Vibe love shouting about the city, the people and the businesses that make Wearside tick. We appreciate that heading to the coast for a flat white or popping to one of our city’s independents is now out of the question. So, we've decided that we're going to shout about the city in a different way. In light of the current situation we find ourselves in, we feel it is our duty to use our platform to continue supporting the people, businesses and communities that help make Sunderland shine. If you’re based around Sunderland and want us to shout about what you’re changing or doing differently in the current situation, email info@ sunderlandvibe.com, send us a DM, comment on our social posts. or tag us in your social media. #SunderlandVibe

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cabbie has captured the hearts of TV audiences up and down the country after his iconic string of appearances on Sunderland ’Til I Die. Peter’s unwavering support for the club and his affable personality shone through from the outset, in which he became one of the central characters in the Netflix blockbuster.

Easter family fun

It's Easter! Although it will be a somewhat unusual break this year, we’ve put together a guide on how you can make the most of your time at home with the family. From Mackem-inspired Netflix guides, to app guides and gardening tips, take a look at our Vibe family-fun guide and start planning...

Sunderland’s own Gina McKee Bodyguard, Line of Duty & Phantom Thread Gina is a fully-fledged movie superstar. Born in Peterlee and raised in and around the city, Gina first burst on to the acting scene as a 15-year-old child prodigy performing with the National Youth Theatre. Fast-forward to 2020 and Gina has bagged herself a BAFTA TV Award, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from our friends at the University of Sunderland and appeared in the highly successful Netflix drama, Bodyguard.

TV time There’s never been a better time to hunker down in front of the TV and binge through those shows on your to-do list! We’re bringing some of Sunderland’s own to your big screens this spring, with our pick of Mackem people, programmes and shoot locations. All of that, plus plenty of other family-friendly flicks, laugh-out-loud favourites and don’t miss documentaries… 18

Callum Rennie 50 Shades of Grey From the banks of the River Wear all the way to featuring in a Hollywood super hit, Callum Rennie has had quite the journey to the main stage. Born and raised in the city, Callum and his family emigrated to Canada during his younger years and has since gone on to appear in over 125 film projects. He is perhaps best known for his appearance on Jigsaw (2017) as Detective Halloran and Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). The latter is still available on Netflix.

Peter Farrer Sunderland Till I Die We know, we know. Peter may not be a certified Hollywood actor, but this Mackem

Rob Rackstraw Messy Goes to Okido You may not recognise his face, but Rob Rackstraw’s voice will be recognisable to TV-lovers across the world. Born in Silksworth in 1965, Rob rocketed to fame following his appearances as Scoop, Muck and Spud on beloved children’s programme, Bob the Builder. He is now the voice for Zim on Messy Goes to Okido.

Blast Beach Alien 3 The North East coastline is worthy of an Oscar or two. Venture to Seaham and you’ll find beaches used in the opening scenes of Alien 3 (1992)! Originally a dumping ground for colliery waste, the Blast Beach or ‘Fiorina 161’ was used for exterior shots during the opening sequence of the thrilling sci-fi horror picture!

Cracking comedy Still Open All Hours Things may feel uncertain in the world, but Still Open All Hours is going nowhere this spring! Log in to BBC iPlayer and catch six side-splitting series’ of the grocer’s shop sitcom starring David Jason.

The Inbetweeners Head over to All 4, where you can find three full series of The Inbetweeners. Expect nostalgic school days, laugh-outloud comedy and cringeworthy moments as four ‘neither cool nor credible’ friends journey through their final school years.

Friends Friends has been cheering us up for over 25 years - and there’s no reason why it can’t continue to do so. Hunker down for an evening of guaranteed giggles as six 20-something pals navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan.


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Don’t miss documentaries

The nation’s schools have shut, meaning countless little ones and tons of teens will be hitting the books at home - with the help of parents and carers. Not sure where, or how, to begin? Check out our top tips and let the lessons commence!

Stacey Dooley Let Stacey Dooley educate you in your own homes this spring over on BBC iPlayer. Search Stacey Dooley in the app and hear about some of the world’s most controversial issues as she goes behind the scenes to dig up new information.

Britain’s Favourite Dogs Let the nation’s pooches do the talking! Head on over to ITV Hub for a must-see documentary series revealing the most popular breeds, what makes people fall head over heels and how our favourites have changed over the years.

Three Identical Strangers Amazon is screening mystery documentary drama, Three Identical Strangers. It tells the unsettling true story of three young men in 1980s New York, who were all adopted but meet in later life to discover they are triplets. Their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery!

Family favourites Avatar With Disney+ in full swing, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the very best TV and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Don’t miss the chance to catch fantasy/sci-fi favourite, Avatar, this April.

The Boss Baby Back in Business A binge-worthy series the whole gang will love. With a little help from his brother and accomplice, Tim, Boss Baby tries to balance family life with his job at Baby Corp headquarters.

Peter Rabbit Mark Easter with the perfect springtime family flick. Head over to Netflix and catch Peter Rabbit as he faces tough new foe in his ongoing battle for the veggies in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Starring James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne, this live action film is the perfect feel-good movie for the Easter hols.

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1. Create your space Decide on whereabouts in your home you want all the studying and revising action to take place. Ideally, somewhere bright and airy, with a table and chairs. Children and young people work best in calm and quiet environments, away from technology and noisy distractions, so try to stay away from spaces such as the kitchen counter or the sofa!

2. Stick to a routine

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Plan out your weekdays in the form of a new timetable. Following a daily routine creates a sense of familiarly and normality for everyone involved and helps young ones focus, too. Try to mimic a typical ‘school day’ by sticking to a couple of hour-long lessons per day, with breaks in between for lunch and ‘free time’.

Take advantage of the growing online learning resources available. A quick search on Google will present you with tons of safe, up-to-date and interactive websites and apps that provide free materials to help kids continue with their studies. Many local schools are also providing online classes, so it’s worth checking in with your local authorities and asking how they can help.

3. Get creative

5. Encourage quiet time

Keep things interesting by thinking outside the box when it comes to subjects. Weighing out ingredients when baking, counting how many books are on the family bookshelf, creating your own spelling and grammar quizzes, for example, all count as ‘learning’ and help young ones develop and pick up new skills.

Try to end each day with a spot of bedtime reading. Not only is reading incredibly beneficial from an educational point of view, it can also have a huge positive effect on children’s mental health. A good book has the power to transport young and worried minds to a happier place, so encourage yours to dig out their favourites! 19


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Green fingers At this scary and uncertain time, we're all being told to stay indoors. But that doesn't mean you and the kids can't get the creative juices flowing in the safety of your own garden! Getting out and about in your own green space, or even just your back yard, is a great way to ensure the whole family enjoy plenty of fresh air and a change of scenery. Here are a few ways you can make the most of being outdoors over the coming days and weeks... Let them take responsibility Give your child their own section in the garden where they can take care of and plant their chosen seeds. It's a great way to introduce them to gardening and learn about responsibility. Giving them childfriendly tools, such as a little watering can, a rake or spade, helps them become more independent. 20

Start small It’s important to start small! Think quicksprouting seeds such as cress and lettuce. We all know how impatient little ones can be, so waiting around for a long period of time to see their hard work pay off is not going to go down well. Starting small and working up to bigger projects is a great way to teach them the art of patience. Why not give it a go!

Get messy Explore the garden with your senses. Any parent will understand that keeping clean is never at the top of their child’s agenda, but that's why gardening is the perfect activity - getting messy is encouraged! Going back to basics and being at one with nature is a great way to stimulate your child’s senses of touch, sight, taste, sound and smell. Roll up their sleeves and tell them to get stuck in, feeling the different types of plants and bushes, smelling the different types of flowers and tasting the carrots you’ve been watching grow for weeks!

Become the student Letting the children educate the adults is not only fun for them, but very educational too! Keep their brains ticking over by asking them questions

throughout playtime, asking them to guide you through what they're doing and encouraging them to share their opinions. Ask how long the plants will take to grow, what they might look like and how often they need to be watered.

Keep them interested Planting the seeds is the fun part, but watching them grow is the difficult part! While it's super exciting to see the final results, the waiting period can be long that's when children can become bored! While their seeds are growing, it's important to check on them daily and recording how often you're watering them. In between, why not try singing songs, making up stories and drawing pictures of what their plants are going to look like. It'll keep them hooked!

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OF TH E BEST AP P S FO R YOU TO DOWN LOA D DURING SE LF-IS O L ATIO N

The world of digital saves the day once again! If you do anything today during self-isolation, it should be to download at least one of these apps…

TikTok

TikTok is taking the world of social media by storm. It’s the place to be for short-form, spontaneous, fun and engaging videos.

Disney+

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Playtime Island from CBeebies

One for the kids! Your little ones can play tons of games - and learn as they go - with their favourite CBeebies characters, Bing, Hey Duggee, Peter Rabbit and more!

Calm

Self-isolation is unchartered territory for us all and feeling anxious will come naturally from time to time. Download the Calm app for guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programmes, stretching exercises and relaxing music. The perfect app for a little ‘me time’ as recommended by experts.

Colour Road

Roll to the ball with the same colour, avoid the ball with a different colour - while collecting points, coins and avoiding obstacles. Simple, yet addictive! This game will keep you entertained for hours.

BBC Sounds

Looking for some working from home inspiration? Look no further than BBC Sounds. The go-to app for listening to all of your favourite programmes, podcasts, radio stations and music all in one place.

Yes, it’s official, Disney+ has landed in the UK and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time! Stream all of your favourite Disney and Pixar films and TV shows for just £5.99 per month. A little top tip… seven-day free trials are available!

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Houseparty

Missing your friends and family? Fear not, Houseparty has arrived to save the day! This cool face-to-face network app allows you to connect with the people you care about most. Spend time with your loved ones without posing a risk - and play some games, too! 21


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Shop smart with the Bridges Shoppers are advised to only visit the stores if absolutely necessary.

OPEN STORES FOOD: Iceland Tesco HEALTH: Boots Savers Holland & Barrett Superdrug BANKS: HSBC Halifax Virgin Money ESSENTIALS: News n Booze Bargain Buys Jacky White’s Market This store information is correct at the time of going to print. Some trading times may vary, please check online to confirm opening hours. 22

The Bridges has your back this spring! In response to the Government’s continued crackdown in preventing the spread of Covid-19, the Bridges Shopping Centre is now only open for essentials, but continues to keep shoppers up to date with news, tips and guidance on how to shop safely online. The Bridges sits at the heart of Sunderland’s shopping scene. It’s a place where community comes first. So, in the uncertain times we find ourselves in, the Bridges has your back. In order to protect the people of this spectacular city, the centre is adhering to Government guidelines to ensure the people living and working in Sunderland stay safe at home. With the introduction of new, tighter restrictions, only retailers selling essential items including food and medical supplies remain open at the Bridges Shopping Centre.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? You can check in with some of the Bridges’ individual retailers online and via their social media channels. Visit the relevant website and you may be able to continue your shopping online! Please note: retailers' delivery statuses are subject to change under the circumstances.

OPENING HOURS 9am - 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday 11am - 5pm, Sunday Late night trading on Thursdays temporarily suspended Parking The Bridges multi-storey car park will be closed to the public, but the rooftop car park will remain open.

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A day in the life: Emeli Sandé The University of Sunderland continues to respond to these challenging times, with staff working hard to keep studies on-track and support its student community. The University’s very own Chancellor, singer and songwriter, Emeli Sandé, added to that effort when she recently spent a day touring the university's facilities and learning more about the life on campus.

11am Emeli is whisked off to the Students’ Union to meet the Presidents and hear about the work going on to support the University’s 20,000 students from all five faculties. She also meets student representative Stacy Humphrey and members of the Elite Athlete Squad before being presented with a University hoodie.

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12:30pm After a quick break for lunch, Emeli and her entourage move to the Helen McArdle House in the city centre. The building was named after philanthropist Helen McArdle, who recently donated £2.5million to the University to benefit teaching and research in nursing and care. Emelie is shown state-of-the-art training equipment, including a fully-fitted ambulance and mock hospital ward that helps train the University’s nurses and paramedics of the future!

11:30am The party moves over to the Sciences Complex, where Emeli explores the University’s new School of Medicine. The School opened to students last September and aims to address the region’s shortage of doctors. 1pm Next stop is the University-owned National Glass Centre (NGC), where many students enrolled on Glass and Ceramics programmes, as well as others from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, are based. Emeli is given a tour of the venue by Dr Cate Watkinson and gets the chance to look at the various exhibitions currently on display, as well as the working hot glass studio.

9:30am Emeli arrives at the city campus, where she is met by Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University, Sir David Bell, and Chair of the Board of Governors, John Mowbray. 10:30am Students from Spark, the University’s official radio station, arrive to interview Emeli all about her connection to Sunderland, life as a touring musician and how it feels to be back in the city. Emeli expresses her delight at being back in Sunderland to discover more about University life.

11:45am The Chancellor enjoys a tour of the new School, meeting Professor of Anatomy, Debs Patten, as well as some of the new medical students along the way. She also tries out some of the cutting-edge equipment, including the pioneering Anatomage Table.

1:45pm Emeli joins a meeting to find out more how the University’s external work is shaping society. 2:30pm The day ends with Sir David Bell presenting the Chancellor with gifts, including a unique piece of glass from NGC, as well as a soft toy sporting a University of Sunderland jumper for her young nephew. 25


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The people’s game… Born out of a love for the beautiful game, the Fans Museum has become an integral part of Sunderland's footy community. We went behind-the-scenes to see how this special site is providing more than just a service to football…

They’re the lifeblood of the game; the ones who stand tall through rain, hail and howling wind. The ones who spend their wages travelling the UK, cheering on through drab performances and standing stoically through thick and thin. Football without fans is nothing. The Fans Museum is no exception. Born out of a love for the beautiful game, the museum has not only become an integral part of the region’s football community, but has developed into a symbol of acceptance and respect for people across the globe. But don’t just take our word for it. On the morning of 4 January, the city centre is still recovering from New Year celebrations and the freezing temperatures have forced people back to bed. The Stadium of Light lays dormant, as fans begin lining the pubs in preparation to watch Sunderland AFC take on Lincoln City F.C in a crucial League One clash. 26

But there’s a buzzing sound emanating from Monkwearmouth Station. A couple from Hampshire are wandering round the museum, gazing at an extensive wall of match-worn, goalkeeper shirts from SAFC’s previous goal-stoppers. In the opposite corner of the museum, a group of football fanatics from Australia are gazing at the Kevin Phillips’ signed golden boot, still reeling from meeting Sunderland’s F.A Cup winning captain, Bobby Kerr. To the rear of the museum, the beer is flowing, sing-song is in full-swing and match-day camaraderie is high. Football fanatics from Holland have arrived in the building and they’re questioning Lincoln City supporters about their form, which player do they pin their season’s hopes on and is it this cold down in Lincolnshire. The Fans Museum perfectly encapsulates the very meaning of football. Connecting people through their love of football regardless of their shape, size, skin colour,

sexuality or background. Everyone is welcome here - and it is evident from the minute you enter the building. The museum relies solely on visitor donations and its inspiring team of volunteers who come from various different backgrounds. Ex-teachers, veterans, Londoners, Northerners - you name it, they turn up week after week, sharing their expert knowledge, their personal stories and their enthusiasm for football, with anyone who walks through the door. It’s fair to say that the Fans Museum has given visitors and volunteers alike a new purpose, a new start - or a fresh way of thinking. Of course, football and Sunderland is the common passion, but there’s a great emphasis on improving health, wellbeing and education for visitors, volunteers and the entire community. Outreach work is a key sector for the museum. In February of this year, Michael Ganley and team raced 15 miles south of Sunderland to Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, racing against time to quickly erect a pop-up museum in just three days for the half-term holidays. The reason of their visit? To bring families together, to create lasting memories and support the wonderful staff at St Cuthbert’s Hospice through a week-long fund-raising campaign. Their week in Durham was a resounding success. They were frequented by former player and caretaker manager, Kevin Ball, and word spread far and wide as record numbers flooded through the doors. Donations for the hospice soared. It goes to show what effect the beautiful game can have on the community! THEFANSMUS EUM.ORG

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Welcome to the Vibe Vault! We're travelling back in time to explore the moments, the people and the memories that helped shaped Sunderland. Join us, as we delve into the #VibeVault and shine a light on yesteryear.

Music matters‌ We think our incredible music sector deserve a bit love in light of recent events, too. So, now that we're all hunkering down indoors, below is a list of inspiring music groups, who are essential to the community. They need your help to keep the tunes coming to the city after this pandemic has blown over. Stick on your favourite album, donate to the cause and show some support for our city's wonderful music independents!

Pop Recs Sunderland’s much-loved independent culture hub, Pop Recs, has been at the forefront of the musical scene in the city for years! Headed up by the affable team of Dave, Michael and Phil, Pop Recs not only offers a niche range of independent records from local artists, but they also run community workshops for all ages, host live gigs and help develop the city's brightest talent. The lads have become an integral part of Wearside's blossoming culture community and we think it's vital they live to fight another day. Show your support for this team of musical heroes online and on social media - and if you can, why not give a little or donate the price of a coffee to the team? You can reach them on PayPal at poprecsltd@ gmail.com, or head to their Facebook page for more information on how to support. FACEBOOK.COM/ PO P RECSLT D

We Make Culture We'd also like to big up the team at We Make Culture! These cool cats have been helping to develop creative confidence in emerging talent for some time now, and their mission is to give everyone in the city access to music. Follow the link to find out how you can help. Keep doing what you're doing, guys! FACEBOOK.COM/ W EM AKECU LTUR E

*Special thanks to John Bage The Catalina arriving into Sunderland Harbour

Perhaps this was the first ever Sunderland Airshow? On the 30th June 1947, a different type of boat sailed into Sunderland harbour. Watched by hundreds of curious onlookers, a flying boat touched down between the piers for the first time in the history of the port of Sunderland. Onlookers had just witnessed The Catalina land on Wearside. An American made 'water bird', the Catalina served around the world with the wartime Royal Air Force. Involved in the search for the infamous Bismarck, RAF Catalinas were ahead of their time and vital to the RAF war effort during WW2. After taxiing up the River Wear to the lower buoys near Sunderland Corporation Quay, 12 Swedish seamen passengers were welcomed to Britain by Mr S. C. Wright, Swedish Consul for Sunderland. They were the new crew-members for Swedish steamer AIDA, a 9100 ton vessel that was under construction at the Short Brothers Ltd Shipyard in Pallion. On the Monday

night, the Catalina would take off from Sunderland, heading on return flight to Gothenburg. Poole Harbour in Dorset was the only place recognized by the Customs Authorities as a landing base for flying boats. Special permission had to be obtained from the London head-quarters of H. M. Customs, just so the Catalina could dock at Sunderland as a return flight back to Sweden could cause some serious fuel worries! Every Tuesday at noon, once the Catalina had arrived in Wearside, Captain T. Eiserman, master of the ss AIDA, would wait patiently by Corporation Quay - ready and waiting to greet his new crew upon their arrival into Wearside.

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Bringing calm to your home this spring Driven by a passion for health and wellbeing, Claire Lormor and her Wellness Space team are on a mission to bring calm to the local community during uncertain times… A little bit about Wellness Space... Wellness Space is a yoga studio in Sunderland that offers over 20 classes every week. We organise the annual Sunderland Wellness Festival as well as Yoga Brunches at Holmeside Coffee and number of retreats throughout the year in Yorkshire, Edinburgh and Northumberland. My yoga journey... I tried yoga for the first time in Vietnam and hated it. I thought it was weird, however something kept pulling me back. I found an amazing teacher in Canada while I was living there and I fell in love with the practice. The mindfulness side of yoga was completely foreign to me and I loved the aspect of being unfamiliar with something and stepping out of my comfort zone.

I studied to become a yoga teacher whilst living in Canada and knew that teaching yoga was my calling. In winter 2019, I moved back to my hometown and my dream was to create a yoga space filled with everything health and wellbeing-focused. How i’m tackling the current situation regarding coronavirus... We are offering 20 virtual classes every week online. Sessions cost £5 for a variety of 45 minute - 75 minute classes taught by various teachers. They are great because people can log in from anywhere in the world. You can be in your bedroom, garden or garage - it doesn’t matter. We are also offering free 15-30 minute yoga videos on our YouTube channel.

Top tips for yogis who wish to continue their practice at home... Do virtual classes. YouTube videos are great if you are not sure when you are going to be available to practise, and they are good for people who have the discipline to set time aside and follow a pre-made yoga video. However, people often find they are able to push themselves more and be more committed to practice when they have booked into a virtual class on a specific day at a specific time. It helps keep that sense of routine. These classes are also a lot more personal. What yogis can expect from a wellness space virtual class… Your yoga teacher is in their yoga space and you are in yours. All you need is a nice open area, a yoga mat and a device with an internet connection. Just like a real class, but over a screen. How to book a virtual class... To book, go to: wellnessspace.co.uk/class-schedule, find your class and select 'book'. If this is your first time booking with Wellness Space, you will be prompted to create an account. 60-minutes before the class is due to start, you will receive a Zoom link, where you can join the virtual class. Our classes are available every day, in the morning, afternoon and evening - meaning there’s plenty of opportunity to yogis to switch off and enjoy some well-earned time on the mat. 3 ways to be mindful during these uncertain times… Stay connected, stay positive, practice yoga W ELLNES SSPACE.CO.UK 29


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Keeping culture conscious this spring While it won’t be possible to visit Sunderland’s cultural venues for the foreseeable future, you can still enjoy plenty of fantastic content online! Over the coming weeks, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Arts Centre Washington, will be sharing exhibitions, performances, stories and ideas via their social media channels to keep you creative and busy online! Here’s a taster of what our friends at Sunderland Culture will be sharing...

EXHIBITIONS No Strings Online exhibition, National Glass Centre ‘No Strings’ features the work of seven international artists working with glass beads in unconventional ways. The exhibition includes a beaded burger and coke by Faranak Sohi and an evening dress made using beads and safety pins by Shige Fujishiro. Discover the exhibition at: nationalglasscentre.com

Rebel Women of Sunderland The Rebel Women of Sunderland is a project that shines a light on the lives of incredible women from the city’s past and present, with specially commissioned artworks and stories inspired by the popular children’s book, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, which celebrates the achievements of women around the world. Sunderland creatives, illustrator Kathryn Robertson, a recent graduate of University of Sunderland, and writer Jessica Andrews, who recently won the Portico Prize for her debut novel, Saltwater, were commissioned to produce portraits and tell the women’s inspiring stories. Discover more about their tales at: sunderlandculture.org.uk/rebelwomen

Received Wisdom Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Follow Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens on Facebook to be inspired and discover more about the art and boundary-breaking artists in Received Wisdom, a thought-provoking exhibition that challenges the notion that creativity, boundary-breaking and dynamism are the preserve of youth. Plus, check out Welcome to the Collection, a film project which follows the journey of local residents as they delve into the incredible treasures of the Arts Council Collection themselves. sunderlandmuseum.org.uk

FACEBOOK / YOUTUBE WEBCAST The Secret Earl of Biddick Arts Centre Washington Facebook Webcast

Chad McCail: Toy Online exhibition, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Artist Chad McCail has spent three years developing a single monumental new work specifically for Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. The exhibition presents an enormous three-dimensional cityscape that fills the entire gallery and which we enter into. Don’t miss it! Discover the art online and listen as Chad McCail talks you through each section of the exhibition, giving his ideology for each part and why he created it at northerngalleryforcontemporaryart.org.uk

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Settle in for a webcast premiere of this cracking play on 8 April at 6pm, which has been specially commissioned by Arts Centre Washington. The River Wear becomes the setting for the local legend of James Drummond, a Scottish Earl who made his way to South Biddick after defeat at the Battle of Culloden. It features music from award-winning playwright, Neil Armstrong, and a cast of professional actors and members of Arts Centre Washington's Youth Theatre. Follow Arts Centre Washington on Facebook to watch the webcast. More information can be found at: artscentrewashington.co.uk


1 in 2 smokers die of a smoking related illness... ...make us your next ST P! Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service opened its doors in April last year and since then, has been helping smokers stub out the habit for good. With online tips, free apps and face to face support there’s something for everyone – and the key to success is to keep trying. Check out our top ten quitting tips below! 1. Get support - you’re more likely to succeed if you quit with specialist support and stop smoking aids. Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service is available to help anyone in the city who wants to quit. 2. Never quit trying to quit – don’t be put off by previous quit attempts that may not have worked for you, think of these as a stepping stone! Different ways of quitting work for different people. 3. Feel less stressed - you might think smoking relieves stress, but it can make stress worse. Smoking only reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms, similar to the symptoms of anxiety, but it does not reduce anxiety or deal with the underlying causes. 4. Consider using a quit aid - give yourself the best chance and use a quit aid such as nicotine replacement therapy like patches and gums, or a stop smoking medication prescribed by a GP, pharmacist or other health professional. 5. Switch to e-cigarettes – as they don’t contain tobacco they are considered much less harmful than cigarettes. The significant health problems are caused by other components in tobacco smoke and not by the nicotine.

6. Use free online support – there are lots of interactive apps and tools to help you quit. Download resources such as the Smokefree app onto your phone to help you make a plan or just have support whenever you need it. 7. Think of your health - tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals which can cause many diseases, including cancer, heart and lung disease. Your body will feel the health benefits after just 20 minutes of quitting. 8. Think of how much money you could save – someone smoking 20 cigarettes a day can expect to pay more than £3,200 a year, £250 a month and £63 a week. 9. Involve family and friends – their support can go a long way. If your partner smokes, why not quit together? 10. Avoid triggers – try to recognise when you are most likely to want to smoke, and learn how to manage those situations. Research shows you’re more likely to succeed if you quit with specialist support, so if you want to stop smoking give us a call.

Call 0191 567 1057 or freephone 0800 169 9913 for more information or visit stopsmokingsunderland.nhs.uk

SM KEFREE Sunderland specialist stop smoking service: Call 0191 567 1057 or freephone 0800 169 9913 www.stopsmokingsunderland.nhs.uk /Stopsmokingsunderland

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