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Our beautiful city has a certain charm about it as the autumn moves in. Leaves cover the ground, roaring waves crash into Roker Lighthouse and those fluorescent pink mornings make waking in the early hours so, so worth it. As always, a heartfelt thank you for spending some time flicking through our pages. Things may still be a little different just now. We once again have to rally together, show the solidarity Sunderland is famed for and look after one another as we move forward together. But fear not, as 2020 does its best to derail our plans, our special autumn edition is jam-packed with plenty of good stuff to light up autumn for you and your bubble. We’re celebrating Magical Mackems, we’re tracking down fun stuff to do with the family and we’re educating ourselves as Black History Month rolls in. Remember to follow Government guidance, look after each other and continue to support our Sunderland businesses as we get through this together.
4 Vibe online
Our city through your lens
6 National Curry Week
Where to celebrate in Sunderland
8 Magical Mackems
Some seriously inspiring folk
24 Sunderland sagas
A catch up with Glenda Young
10 Riverside Sunderland City centre living in a new age
26 Lights Out
Spooky stuff in the city
13 Half term happenings
29 Vibe Vault
Fun for the whole family
When the boat comes in...
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17 Reduse reuse recycle
30 Plan ahead
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22 Black History Month
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It's so great to see people out and about enjoying our city once again. Here's what the fine folk of Sunderland have been getting upto on Instagram...
@iceguys_northeast 42 men and one big dawg, Marshall, in the water with Iceguys tonight. Great to see so many new faces joining our crew. Atmosphere and camaraderie on point as always.
@crumboninsunderland @holymotherofcheesecake What can we say... this one is absolutely MINT! A slice of this cheesecake and a nice hot coffee are just 'mint' to be. 4
@vicky88c Absolutley loving @stackseaburn. First visit & Just what we needed on the seafront and only a 5 minute walk from us. And @acropolissstreetfood did not disappoint with there #greekfood.
@plasticglassband Last week we caught up with @sunderlandvibe chatting all things lockdown, live streams and our favourite things about the city.
@palominos_icecream A lovely busy day today here at @palominos_icecream. Happy Saturday ice cream fans!
@sunderlandvibe SWIPE FOR BURGER HEAVEN! Well we've had an extremely exciting lunch time today! HUGE thank you to Courtney from @briocheburgs for popping down to Vibe HQ with this delightful spread!
@ian_b55 Keel Line View, Sunderland. (September 2020, Kodak Ektar 100). I love the natural rendering of colour. It clearly matches the lighting conditions with no additional colour boosts. I will post a few more over the coming days until the next set of negatives arrive.
@joeglendenning98 Sunlun @grindercoffeeco Sun out = iced coffee out!
@emma_sandford Did someone say CHEAT DAY? In a complete food coma after visiting @808barand kitchen feat. pizza, rose and creme egg pancakes P.S. how stunning is this place? I'm in love!
@dacquarestaurant "Take Out 2 Help Out!" Back available to order from 5pm - 9pm Wednesday for collection ONLY. Give us a call if you fancy a mid-week treat at home. Phone line orders can be taken from 5pm tomorrow. Thanks guys x
@mackies_corner CLOCKING IN AT MACKIES! A clock on one of Sunderland city centre's landmark buildings is ready to show its face again.
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But first, coffee… Wrap up in your autumn attire and head out for a cup of the good stuff as we enter the cooler months! Cole - Cafe & Deli Standing tall on Roker Terrace, Cole - Cafe & Deli is a must-visit on your autumn adventures. Boasting a beautiful in-store ambience, enchanting interior decor and a stunning cake counter, it's the perfect place to indulge with your bubble, talk up the good stuff and enjoy a creamy coffee. Delicious! FACEBOOK.COM/COLECAFEANDDELI
Holmeside Coffee Nestled inside the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Holmeside Coffee is a great place to stop off and relax with an artisanal brew or two! Established in 2013, its renowned around the city for serving independent coffee products from some of the region’s leading roasters. Add in the stellar combination of chilled tunes, delicious sandwiches and a cool, contemporary vibe, and it’s not hard to see why Holmeside ranks highly on everyone’s coffee lists. FACEBOOK.COM/HOLMESIDECOFFEE
Yolo Coffee Time to head over to the cool container community that is Stack Seaburn and sample the delights of Yolo Coffee! With insane coastal views, Yolo Coffee at Stack ticks all the boxes for a cup of something warm as we head into winter. It’s already a go-to spot for passers by, cyclists and coffee connoisseurs alike. FACEBOOK.COM/STACKSEABURN
Grinder Coffee Say hello to the news kids on the block! Grinder Coffee lands in the city with a fresh take on a traditional coffee store. They’ve recently announced a stellar partnership with a true Sunderland stalwart, Müllers Bakery, and they’re going to be stocking tons of limited edition, artisanal goodies throughout the cooler months. Perfect for a quick pit-stop mid-shopping trip, or somewhere to pick up your coffee fuel before a day at the office! FACEBOOK.COM/GRINDERCOFFEECO
Celebrating bold flavours… National Curry Week lands in October, and to celebrate, we're picking out some of our favourite Sunderland curry houses! Home to a plethora of vibrant flavours, here’s your guide to the finest culinary curry experiences in and around the city...
Kickstart the Curry Week celebrations with a trip to see the curry connoisseurs over on Park Road. The gang enjoyed a hugely successful Eat Out To Help Out this August, and it’s really not hard to see why; beautiful tikka chicken chat bombs, perfect paneer dishes and chef specials that can’t help but delight. Mumbai Silk is the place to be for something deliciously spicy this October. MUMBAISILK.CO.UK
There’s a lot more to Moti Raj than your run of the mill meat in spicy sauce. This renowned curry house is a bustling hive of bold flavours and it’s the perfect place to dive into a delicious selection of Indian favourites while overlooking the beautiful Minster Park. Feeding foodies since 1974, Moti Raj quickly became a city-wide favourite for their tremendous Tandoori grills. There’s somthing on the menu for everyone at Moti Raj, and it’s a fine place to kick off the National
Curry Week celebrations. Did we mention they have an AA Guide of Excellence award too? Yeah, you’re in for a treat with these maestros! MOTIRA JSUNDERLAND.COM
Another independent business starting up in the city centre! We’re so excited to learn that the mastermind behind the award-winning Ashoka Indian Restaurant in Seaham has opened up another delicious curry emporium. Standing tall on Roker Baths Road, Akki’s Indian Takeaway has landed and their friendly team are serving up a delightful blend of Indian-fusion cuisine, from their kitchen straight to your dining table. A great option if you’re wanting to dine-in and huddle around the TV this autumn. FACEBOOK.COM/ AKKISINDIANTAKEAWAY
Have a mooch over to Church Lane and get inspired by Spice Empire’s beautiful blend of Asian cuisine. We visited the team during all the Eat Out To Help Out fun, and their creative, contemporary twist on Indian classics went down a treat. Influenced by years of restaurant cooking, the Spice Empire represent a quality take on your regular curry house favourites. Look no further than chef’s insane salmon manchery; tender slice of fresh salmon pan-fried and served with chilli sauce and ginger. FACEBOOK.COM/ SPICEEMPIRESUNDERLAND
Anyone who has ever walked down Douro Terrace will vouch for this... the smells emanating from Yuvraaj Restaurant could be the closest thing to heaven! Chef Aklak Hussain has been creating delicious, authentic
Indian cuisine for over 25 years now. The food is so good in fact, it’s been named Curry House of the Year for a staggering three years running! Yuvraaj has a great, chilled atmosphere - making it a therapeutic spot to wind down, catch up and tuck into your favourite dish with loved ones. Think western-fusion cuisine and plenty of smiling faces, at purse pleasing prices! What's not to love?
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Just a quick mention of this restaurant and it’s met with positive oohing and aahing. CALL: 0191 563 4818 Nearly everybody’s favourite Bangladeshi restaurant is @BEACONOFLIGHT Alishaan and it’s not hard to see why. Perhaps it’s their mouth-watering Facebook pics that whet the appetite - or that their chefs have over 60 years Pitches_92mmx120mm_SEP20.indd 1 cooking experience between them? Either way, the food is insane, the drink options are heavenly and trust us, it’s a total treat for the tastebuds!
Go clean with
Time for another culinary curry trip around Wearside! This time, we’re zooming on over to the seaside on Queen’s Avenue and diving into the wonderful world of Goa. Just a stone’s throw away from Sunderland’s latest leisure hotspot, STACK Seaburn, Goa have been creating gastronomic delights for some time now and they pride themselves on sourcing the finest local ingredients and giving back to the local community. Be sure to taste the delights fresh from their Tandoori clay oven - the shashleek is superb!
Taking the boring out of clean eating since 2019, Flamingo Bar and Café in Seaham is now offering clean meal prep plans and juice cleanse programmes for you at home to help kickstart that diet detox. • Low calorie meal plans • Designed by chefs and a nutritional coach • Multiple plans available • Juice cleanse programmes • Clean meal plans • Endorsed by personal trainers
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Saluting Derek Gamblin
If this unusual time has taught us anything, it’s that we have a city of inspiring local heroes! This page is dedicated to bigging up the people and places that make us incredibly proud to be Mackems! Paula Magdwick We really are blessed to have so many outstanding key workers in our region. We’re once again clapping our hands and shouting from the rooftops as another star from the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has just been recognised for her outstanding contribution during the pandemic. Paula Madgwick has been singled out by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria’s (NIHR CRN NENC), claiming the Outstanding Research Contribution award for her efforts during the pandemic. Paula was brand new to her role reviewing research trials for the Trust when COVID-19 struck, and she found herself faced with having to quickly get to grips with helping to set up vital trials and help patients from across the North East. A highly prestigious award in the medical sector, Paula was commended for her exceptional efforts and skills that benefitted all of us and the local research community. Amazing work!
A captain’s performance
Time to hit the fairway with the Red Sky Foundation this October. The members of the foundation are inviting golfers to join them on their Inaugural Charity Golf Day, returning to the region on Friday 16 October. Teeing off from Ramside Hall, the Red Sky Foundation are set to host a thrilling day on the course, alongside drinks and dinner, as well as a stellar auction and unmissable live music from special guests.
With the football season already underway, we’re excited to announce that there’s been a major transfer signing of a different kind for the Red Sky Foundation. The foundation has recently announced that England and Manchester City playercoach, Jill Scott MBE, has taken on an ambassador role for this local charity. Filled with inspiring people, The Red Sky Foundation has not only raised thousands to support the incredible work going on over at the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, but they’ve also helped to fund state-of-the-art machinery for Sunderland Royal Hospital and James Cook Hospital in Teesside in recent years. As a North East native from Sunderland, Jill is doing her bit by supporting campaigns and helping raise awareness for this outstanding charity. Having recently been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s honours list for her contribution to English football, this is a fantastic signing for the Red Sky team.
Putt it in the diary
We’re shouting about a motivational Mackem this autumn. Derek Gamblin, an ex-SAS soldier from Sunderland, is hitting the saddle and riding his two wheel machine across two volcanoes for mental health charities in our region. In a bid to raise £2,000 for local charities, Derek Gamblin is undertaking the gruelling Two Volcano Sprint (2VS), a single-stage, unsupported bicycle challenge starting and finishing at iconic Southern Italian volcanoes - Mt. Vesuvio and Mt. Etna. What’s even more incredible, is that Derek is funding all travel and race expenses himself - all while completing the race unaided! Hopefully we can help Derek raise £2,000, which will provide people who are most in need with three months of one-on-one counselling sessions to support them with anxiety and depression. Great work Derek, you truly are a magical Mackem!
Brick for Brad’s Pad: Bradley Lowery Foundation The Bradley Lowery Foundation continues to touch hearts up and down the country, and we’re so pleased to share that they are inviting businesses both big and small for a chance to write their name into the foundation’s history and create lasting memories for families. The BLF are inviting independents, charities - you name it - to purchase an engraved brick as the house begins work again. A touching sentiment of support and solidarity for families to ejoy once they are able to finish the holiday home. Super Brad’s Pad is coming along nicely following delays caused by the pandemic, and their stunning, five bedroom retreat located in the tranquil surroundings of Scarborough is really beginning to gain momentum. We can’t wait to see Brad’s Pad finished and other families enjoy lasting memories, all thanks to a special little Mackem lad!
How to get your culture fix in Sunderland this season Calling all culture-vultures! Diaries at the ready as we guide you through some of the city's finest events, exhibitions and online programmes at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Arts Centre Washington... art personality is. The free mobile app will be available to download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London Take those little culture vultures to see one of the most famous paintings of a castle in the world! Bellotto's masterpiece will be displayed alongside five other castle themed Old Masters from the National Gallery, along with paintings from the Museum's own collection. Or if you prefer, check out the virtual tour of the exhibition from the comfort of your own home. SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
Exhibition: Extended! Received Wisdom Until 1 November Last chance to see Sunderland Museum’s Received Wisdom exhibition which challenges the idea that creativity, boundary-breaking and dynamism are the preserve of youth. SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
New App New App: Art Crush
An exciting new app has been produced by Sunderland Culture! Created in partnership with the Arts Council Collection, Art Crush allows you to swipe through hundreds of artwork images by the biggest names in British Art. Create your own digital art collection, browse artworks or find out what your
Arts Centre Washington Exhibition: Looking Out, Looking In From September 2020 Created by artists Sally Southern and Nicola Lynch with the help of the local community. The artists connected ‘virtually’ with residents of Hetton, Easington Lane and Moorsley and asked them to reflect on their lockdown experience. Asking questions like, who have you looked out for? Who has looked out for you? How has the whole experience made you feel? The exhibition contains photography, text and installations.
No Strings Extended until March 2021 No Strings should have opened to the public back in March, but was unable to due to the COVID-19 closure of National Glass Centre. The exhibition moved online with a short video tour, but when the centre reopens, will be available to see in person for the first time! No Strings features the work of seven international artists working with glass beads in unconventional ways. The exhibition will include a beaded burger and coke by Faranak Sohi, an evening dress made using beads and safety pins by Shige Fujishiro and a beaded chicken showing his gymnastic prowess on the rings by Felieke van der Leest. NATIONALGLASSCENTRE.COM
Chad McCail: Toy Extended until 2021 This exhibition by Chad McCail has been extended to the new year, and we’re delighted to hear it! 'Toy' is a monumental cityscape populated by gigantic mythical creatures battling for its future freedom. This exhibition is full of extraordinary details, creating an intense and almost surreal experience for visitors. Don't miss the optional audio tour by Chad himself, as he talks visitors through the toy city at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. NORTHERNGALLERYFOR CONTEMPORARYART.ORG.UK
The Next Step From 24 October 2020 The Sunderland Indie presents an exhibition of new contemporary art works by seven Sunderland artists. An artistic response to the Coronavirus pandemic and Lockdown. Next Step is about resilience, optimism and patience. We will not be beaten. This is where we were and this is what we are doing about it!
Online programme: Arts Centre Washington has a combination of online and physical programmes this autumn. From watercolours, oil painting, youth theatre and kids art club, as well as online exhibitions featuring Andrew Tift and Sunderland Photographic Association, there's plenty going on. ARTSCENTREWASHINGTON.CO.UK
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Riverside Sunderland â€“ a masterplan for the cityâ€™s transformation Introducing a buzzing new district in the heart of Sunderland. Think stunning homes, offices and venues as thousands of people enjoy living the a good life in the city...
Riverside Sunderland is city centre living for a new age. A reimagined heart of Sunderland. Dynamic and distinctive - a world-class place to live, work and play.
IT ’S A M AST E R P L A N THAT WIL L R E INV IG O R AT E T H E CIT Y IN A WID E R SENSE TO O – CR E AT ING A P L ACE WE CA N B E P R O UD TO CA L L T H E HEA RT O F SUND E R L A ND
And this vision for the city centre is hurtling ahead, as a masterplan to reinvigorate Riverside Sunderland – the emerging heart of the city centre - has been shared by Sunderland City Council. The masterplan, which is backed by millions of pounds of public and private sector investment, will transform the former Vaux Brewery site and surrounding areas like Sheepfolds, Galley’s Gill, and High Street West. It will create the UK’s first carbonneutral urban quarter in a stunning location on the banks of the River Wear, with dramatic views across the city. Sunderland City Council’s bold and ambitious plans will move the city centre to a new level and strengthen connections to the rest of the city. A first wave of projects is already underway, including the new City Hall, and the 450-seat Auditorium, part of the Fire Station arts complex. Work will start soon on the 120-room Holiday Inn in Keel Square. The masterplan will build on these early wins, with headline proposals including: • 1,000 new homes to buy and rent in four sustainable city centre neighbourhoods • The creation of a new central business district, with 1 million square feet of modern office space, home to 10,000 jobs • The transformation of Galley’s Gill into a wonderful landscape park, and new green spaces in the heart of the city • New bridges across the river for walkers and cyclists • Plans to create the Culture House – a state of the art library and community hub that will attract 600,000 visitors a year. “Riverside Sunderland is a vision that will transform a part of the city that has vast potential. It’s a masterplan that will reinvigorate the city in a wider sense too – creating a place we can be proud to call the heart of Sunderland,” says Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council. “It’s a vision that we know is deliverable, and that will be truly game-changing for Sunderland. We’re aiming high because it’s what our residents deserve and it’s what the city needs – vision backed by a determination to deliver. “Riverside Sunderland is just the beginning. Sunderland is springing back to life. We’re seeing more and more investment flooding into it. The private sector is alive to the opportunities and that is bringing about transformation at a pace not seen for decades. “This will be a place where people want to live, work and play. Aspirational families will move here. Corporates will see this as a place they want to do business – and they will bring teams who will spend their money in our city centre and stimulate its economic growth by day and by night. Visitors will come to enjoy our unique offer – riverside, seaside and city centre. “This masterplan is our blueprint for the development of Sunderland, and we’re very proud to be driving it.” TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RIVERSIDE SUNDERLAND, AND TO KEEP UP TO DATE W ITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS , VISIT RIVERSIDESUNDERLAND.COM 11
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nothing short of meteoric since the Covid-19 pandemic. With social distancing a vital requirement for shoppers and staff in the retail sector, social distancing guidelines now include contact with publicly shared devices like point of sale terminals and checkout counters. Contactless cards offer consumers a safer, cleaner way to pay, while reducing long queues at checkout counters, and more control over physical proximity during such tough times.
Boosting business: Utility Works Merchant Services
Therefore, consumers and merchants alike, have the much-needed peace-ofmind. During the lockdown period, people also had the opportunity to experience the convenience of contactless cards. As more people will be inclined to use contactless cards even when Covid-19 becomes a page in the history books, UW Merchant Services are on hand, supporting businesses across our region with a modern solution.
With thousands of businesses across our region pivoting to meet the demands of the new normal in the retail sector, contactless payments have never been more imperative to businesses in 2020. We caught up with UW Merchant Services. A local business that’s supporting the financial recovery of our city with their low cost, payment solutions… New kids on the block…
Situated on Silksworth Lane in the city centre, UW Merchant Services are a team of industry experts that work in partnership with one of the UK's largest financial institutions to deliver a range of payment solutions. From countertop card machines that are ideal for all business services, to portable card terminals that are a great solution for the hospitality sector, UW Merchant Services have a wide variety of tools ready and waiting to take your business forward. Offering businesses both big and small a straightforward, transparent approach to low cost, fast payment solutions, the UW Merchant Services team offer a bespoke service that’s tailored to your specific business needs and their reputation precedes them given their extensive client portfolio. 12
With vast experience with the UK’s largest financial institutions and a clientele list featuring Barclaycard, Ingenico and Paytek, it’s not hard to see why UW Merchant Services are fast becoming the go to spot for trusted payment solutions in the North East.
Perfect for boosting business…
In today’s tough economic climate and competitive marketplace, having a readily available card machine to accept debit and credit cards is a vital element for any business. With over 80% of all retail customers paying via credit and debit card transactions, card machine products and cashless payment services are quickly making cash a thing of the past.
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Half term happenings The cooler weather may be knocking on our doorsteps, but there’s tons of family fun activities to get involved in during October half term...
Beacon of Light Kick off half term in style with an unforgettable footy excursion at the stunning Beacon of Light centre! Every half term holiday, the Beacon of Light runs a wide range of sporty activities for boys and girls throughout the region, helping them to blow off some steam and enjoy a run-around. It’s an ideal way to let little footy fanatics get involved with Sunderland AFC. Head online for dates and more information. FOUNDATIONOFLIGHT.CO.UK/ BEACON-OF-LIGHT
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Get ready for Halloween this October half term with spooky castle crafts and stories inspired by Sunderland Museum’s virtual exhibition Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London. Make your own model castles and scary puppets then listen to the ghost story of the ‘Cauld Lad of Hylton Castle’. Get creative and make your own sustainable textile creations inspired by the by artist Lubaina Himid and the Received Wisdom exhibition from Arts Council Collection. Some sessions will take place at the Museum and some are online only - check out their half term happenings online at: SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
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Rally the troops and tootle over to Hylton Road for an exhilarating bubbledate at Tumbles! Since opening in 2018, Tumbles has gained a reputation for its exhilarating play area, incredibly friendly staff and delicious coffee shop, packed with glorious goodies to kick back and relax while little ones head out on adventures! FACEBOOK.COM/TUMBLESWORLD
Super Tramp Nestled away on Enterprise Park, keep the little ones occupied this October with a day at this amazing trampoline park! A state of the art centre right here in Sunderland, Super Tramp caters for everybody; from complete beginners to expert trampolinists, there's something for the entire gang to enjoy! Make sure you visit them for an action-packed day out this February! SUPERTRAMPSUNDERLAND.CO.UK
Clue HQ Take your little explorers over to John Street this October for an exhilarating escape room with Clue HQ. A perfect activity for those rainy days or to help blow off some steam in your bubble, the guys at Clue HQ have an abundance of escape rooms that will test even the biggest masterminds. Known for their purse pleasing deals, visit their website and get your bubble booked in before slots disappear this autumn. CLUEHQ.CO.UK/SUNDERLAND
Sunderland Culture Autumn fun: Frightening Fusing Design and make your own spooky decoration for Halloween - use colourful glass mosaics and glass grains to create a solid glass decoration. NATIONALGLASSCENTRE.COM
Bags of Ideas! Take inspiration from the "No Strings" exhibition and make a colourful bag. Use a range of different craft materials on a fabric bag that you can use time and time again, and itâ€™s much better for the environment!
The Art Room Throughout October Art is where the home is! Time to check in for a fabulous Zoom class with your bubble this autumn, thanks to The Art Room. As the cold wind blows and the leaves begin to fall, The Art Room is nurturing your love for all things creative with a family fun craft workshop. From dazzling costume props, invigorating worksheets and awesome activity pack, this is a must-try to keep your little Picassos entertained at home! A great way to keep creative souls busy during half term. THEARTROOMSUNDERLAND.COM
AAAsports Last month's Vibe Giveaway friends are back in action this half term with another round of thrill-seeking activities! Twist, flip and catapult your way over to AAAsports in Southwick this October and let little ones jump into a wide range of fun, sporting activities. This amazing sports centre is offering children the opportunity to take part in a whole host of gymnastic activities during half term - sure to help youngsters let off some steam. Run by extremely friendly coaches who are renowned for their enjoyable sessions and Covid-19 safe sessions, this kids are sure to love a day out at this super sports venue! AAASPORTS.CO.UK
Art Seekers Come along for a special Halloween arts session! Spark your imagination in this workshop and make funny bone sock puppets. Then follow creepy clues around NGCA and finally mix all of the creative ingredients in a cauldron to make a silly spell to turn us into... who knows what? NATIONALGLASSCENTRE.COM
Spooky Glass Painting
Get set for a spooky week by painting your own glass decoration - make it creepy, make it spooky, make it anything you want it to be! NATIONALGLASSCENTRE.COM
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There’s no such thing as a typical foster carer – they come from all walks of life and all sorts of backgrounds. • Earn up to £34,320 per year plus allowances • A flexible, home-based role • Ongoing training and support • Short or long term foster caring opportunities
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JD Sports autumn collections are out in full force and we have our eyes firmly set on their North Face collection, perfect for those cooler days at the seaside! The North Face TNF Logo Beanie, £25
Boot up your style game this season with schuh’s selection of the sturdy winter boots. Guaranteed to stand the test of time! Dr Martens Black 101 Unbound 6 Eye Boots, £139
Stand out and make heads turn with the latest arrivals from River Island. Their latest collection of autumnal clothing and accessories are musthaves for any fashionforward guy this season. Check out this overshirt! Stone Stripe Zip Front Overshirt, £38
These high street giants have released an AW collection that you cannot afford to miss this season! Stone Two Pocket Overshirt, £34.99
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Timeless and beautiful. H&M’s autumn collection is here and we’re already head over heels in love. H&M Studio AW20 Collection, The Refined Rebel, £69.99
Stay ahead of the game with the latest kicks at Footasylum. Featuring trainers and tons of stylish garms for men, women and kids, get the hottest gear from the street specialists. Vans Womens SK8-Low Trainer, £56.99
Discover the latest in women's fashion and new season trends at New Look. The perfect spot for chunky knits and cool coats to beat the autumn chill. Dark Brown Faux Fur Lined Leather-Look Aviator Jacket, £55.99 16
Treat yourself to something (or everything!) from the new Primark women's range. This khaki duvet coat is an absolute must for winter! Khaki Longline Padded Duvet Coat, £35
REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE Our chums at the Bridges are always looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint in the city. We caught up with the team to find out how we can support the fantastic retailers who are doing their bit for the environment. Sell your old phones to O2
Next have all your furnishings covered this autumn. Think beautiful fabrics, statement seating and accessories for your living space.
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Whether you're looking to create a new look or give your home decor a seasonal refresh, you'll find all you need in Debenhams' divine range of home accessories.
Since O2 Recycle launched in 2009, the phone company has recycled more than 2.9 million devices, saving over 280 tonnes of materials ending up in landfill. You don’t have to be a customer of theirs to take advantage of the scheme, they’ll take your phone even if it’s broken and if it’s in good condition then they’ll pay you for your trouble too.
Recycle your batteries at Tesco More than 20,000 tonnes of batteries are sent to landfill sites in the UK each year, but Tesco is helping to reduce this number by offering battery-recycling points at Express, Metro, Superstore and Extra stores. Powerful work!
Reduce your plastic waste with Lush Not only are Lush famed for their rich scents and vibrant face masks products, but these cool cats also make huge efforts to reduce the amount of packaging that gets thrown away. Along with plastic-free products such as solid shampoo and deodorant bars and pressed conditioners, you can return black and clear Lush pots to store to be recycled, with every five you bring earning you a free face mask!
Return your plastic bottles to The Body Shop You may have noticed the recycling boxes in The Body Shop stores, but did you know returning your empties could actually be earning
you special perks? Bring back clean, bottles or tubs and, if you’re a Love Your BodyTM Club member, you will receive a stamp for every one returned and a reward for the fifth return.
Save money on your morning coffee Many single-use coffee cups contain a film of polyethylene, meaning only three centres in the UK can recycle them. Reusable coffee cups are gaining in popularity and you can even get a discount for using them. Take one in store and enjoy 25p off at Costa Coffee and Starbucks, 20p off at Greggs and double rewards at Caffè Nero. A flat white never tasted so good.
Get money back at H&M H&M offers a garment recycling programme to prevent customers’ unwanted clothes going to landfill. Just bring a bag of clothes – from any brand and in any condition – to a till point and staff will give you a £5 voucher to use towards your next purchase of £25 or more in store or online.
Support UNICEF with Primark Primark is another high street retailer who has recently announced a nationwide recycling programme – taking clothes, footwear and bags from any brand. Profits from the collection scheme will head directly to UNICEF and support education programmes for vulnerable children around the world. 17
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Winter ready… Time to beat the freeze! We caught up with the Gentoo gang to learn all about their helpful tips to get your home winter ready and help keep you and your loved ones warm during the colder months… With the winter season fast approaching and COVID-19 restrictions meaning we’re all spending more time than ever in the safety of our homes, it’s important to make sure you and your home are prepared for the weather and temperatures that lie ahead. From heavy rain, strong winds to freezing temperatures and snow, the colder months bring new challenges to our homes, gardens and businesses. To help prepare Sunderland’s residents, Gentoo Group has launched its ‘Winter Ready’ campaign with some top tips to help ensure everyone is safe, warm and secure this winter season. Winter can also bring a financial strain on some households, with higher energy bills, festive spending and other costs adding up. If you are a Gentoo tenant, you can also benefit from the specialist advice and support offered the Group’s Money Matters Team. Covering everything from energy saving advice and benefit entitlement, to budgeting and debt advice, the team is available to help support with a wide range of issues to help you make the most of your money.
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Gentoo’s top tips for the colder months… Prepare your radiators Many residents won’t have used their radiators over the summer months. Make sure they’re working efficiently by always bleeding your radiators to remove any trapped air! Don’t forget to top up your boiler pressure afterwards.
Only pay for what you use! Get into the habit of taking a gas and electricity reading every month and give it to your energy supplier via the telephone or their app or website! This will make sure that your bills are always correct, and you’re paying the right amount.
Save money on your bills The Government's Warm Homes Discount scheme is available to people on low incomes or some pension credits. This means you could be eligible for a one-off discount on your electricity bill between September and March!
Keep your home warm Tucking heavy curtains behind your radiators can help to keep your home warm this winter. Make sure they don’t cover the thermostatic valve, as this could affect how well your radiator works!
Test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms We rely so much on our boilers during the winter, which makes us vulnerable to carbon monoxide. This is extremely dangerous and can kill. You should test your carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month to make sure they are working. While you’re at it, there’s no harm in checking your smoke alarms too – it could save your life!
Know what to do in an emergency It is important to familiarise yourself with the location of your water stop-tap and electrical controls in case an emergency situation arises!
Dragon-backed parking app ready to kickstart Sunderland – are you IN? Innovative loyalty app ParkingPerx is coming to Sunderland in October and the deadline is fast approaching for businesses to join the scheme ahead of the launch. Over 50 independent businesses and national brands are already registered with ParkingPerx, including Harrison & Brown Furniture. Mandy Brown, owner of Harrison & Brown Furniture, explains why she got involved: “ParkingPerx is a great way to attract customers that are put off by parking charges. It will encourage customers to engage and enjoy the perks of shopping in the town centre.” The app is backed by former Dragon from the BBC series Dragons’ Den, Jenny Campbell. Jenny said: “From the minute I heard about ParkingPerx in the Den, I knew it was a game-changer. It’s a solution to help our high streets and for that reason, I was in!” The unique loyalty solution will be available in three car parks in Sunderland; the Bridges, St Mary’s and Sunniside, and will reward customers with free parking when they shop local.
TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT WWW.PARKINGPERX.COM OR CONTACT SALES@PARKINGPERX.COM.
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Sunderland is University of the Year for Social Inclusion ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY I CHOSE SUNDERLAND WAS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT, IF I GOT MY DEGREE THERE, I’D HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW AND BUILD LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.
Sunderland has been named University of the Year for Social Inclusion, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. The prestigious honour recognises the University’s long-running success in attracting capable people into higher education, whatever their background or circumstances, and helping them to achieve their potential. This is the third year in a row the University has ranked in the top 20 of the publication’s unique social inclusion list – but the first time it has achieved
the University of the Year for social inclusion honour. Last year, the University opened a new School of Medicine with the specific intention of attracting a more diverse intake into the medical profession. Sunderland is one of a handful of universities where more than 60% of the intake are the first in their family to go to university and more than 98% are educated in non-selective state schools. Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University, said: “Whether undertaking a foundation degree or studying in our medical school, students from all kinds of backgrounds have the opportunity to improve their career prospects and life chances when attending the University of Sunderland. “With a long tradition of being an open and accessible institution, we are absolutely delighted to have been recognised as University of the Year for Social Inclusion.” Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Sunderland’s track record for widening participation to higher education is hard to match. “The new medical school is the cherry on the cake with its ambitious plan to make the intake to medical profession more closely resemble the diverse backgrounds of their patients. “Initiatives to engage schoolchildren who have the capability but not the motivation to aim for university are particularly bold. The sheer range of outreach and access work here makes an unanswerable case for making Sunderland our University of the Year for Social Inclusion.” Georgios Vasilakis, 19, originally from Greece, arrived in Sunderland last September to study Web and Mobile Development. He said: “Everyone at the University, and in the city, has been very welcoming. From the very first day I felt right at home. “The University has guided me in the right direction. Even though I came from another country and a totally different background, I never felt alone here, I always had someone to speak to. “Once I’ve finished my degree, I’d like to stay in Sunderland and do a Masters here.” Professor Tony Alabaster, Academic Dean for the University's Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, said: “We have always been proud of the diverse and rich
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“Our Faculty in particular has a strong focus on inclusion, equality and diversity both academically and in the support and opportunities that we offer to our students and staff. We measure success by the contribution our staff and students make to society.” University of Sunderland Chancellor, multi-platinum singer Emeli Sandé MBE said: “Here at Sunderland our ethos is that of inclusivity, giving people the chance to reach their full potential. We want our graduates to go on and be a force for change.” Lee Hall, Head of School of Media and Communications, said: “Inclusion is absolutely core to our identity. “Creating opportunities for students to express themselves and develop their talents, irrespective of their social and economic background, is a key part of our mission as a life-changing institution.” Francesca Cockell is a second year student at the School of Medicine. She said: “One of the main reasons why I chose Sunderland was the knowledge that, if I got my degree there, I’d have the opportunity to get to know and build lasting relationships with people from all walks of life. The diversity and inclusivity of the student body at Sunderland is something rarely found in higher education; which makes it an invaluable asset to any course studied here.” The University moves up six places from 109 to 103 in this year's Guide.
backgrounds of our dedicated students. "From our teams of nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and most recently trainee doctors, to our researchers, psychologists and sports students, we have always aimed to put inclusivity at the heart of what we do.” The North East has the lowest proportion of school-leavers going on to university and Sunderland provides an avenue to degree-level education for many who might otherwise miss out. Professor Lynne McKenna, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society, said: 21
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signed him promptly after the full-time whistle. Roly made his debut for Sunderland against Hull City later that season and spent two seasons on Wearside before retiring in 1980 due to injury.
Black is beautiful: Black History Month We’re marking Black History Month by championing the people and places that have influenced our city over the course of history. Time to dig deeper, look closer and think bigger this October.
Kumbuka Collins Kumbuka was the University of Sunderland’s first black Student Union president from 1999-2000 - helping thousands of students feel comfortable and find their voice during university life. Originally from Zambia, Kumbuka settled in the region after graduating with a BA Business Administration degree, and now currently lives and works in the North East.
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Introducing culture… As Sunderland’s port became increasingly busier during the late 20th century, more and more seafarers of Arabic, Middle Eastern and African heritage began docking at Sunderland. This photo is from around 1889, and although it’s an unassuming building, this small church on Kayll Road is perhaps one of the first places of worship, refuge and learning for those from Africa.
Emile Ford During the late 50s and 60s, Wearside welcomed chart-topping sensation, Emile Ford into the community after marrying a local lass from Hylton Castle. Emile was a popular culture figure during the early 1960s; as the leader of Emile Ford & the Checkmates, Emile would regularly visit the North East, touring and entertaining. He even visited Downhill and Pallion clubs in Sunderland! 22
Gary is a hero on Wearside. Having began his career with Manchester City, Gary joined the lads in 1984 and went on to make over 350 appearances for Sunderland - placing him fifth on the club's all-time appearance list. Having given 11 years of service to Wearside, Gary moved on to other local clubs in the North East before retiring. Nowadays, Gary is actively involved in better society. He’s a vocal member of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign, he is a regular and loved member of the commentating team for Sunderland AFC's live matches and he’s recently opened a football academy on Wearside for youngsters.
Emeli Sande Sunderland-born Emeli Sande is another inspirational figure who is impacting the city. The multi-platinum selling singersongwriter is the chancellor of the University of Sunderland and works closely with the Uni’s various departments to enact positive change for students and residents alike. Having been awarded an MBE in 2017, Emeli was thrust into the spotlight in 2012 when her debut album, Our Version of Events, spent 10 weeks at number one and broke a chart record set by The Beatles.
Donna Chambers Donna is another highly-intelligent intellectual that is changing the lives of students in the modern era. Having joined the University of Sunderland in 2013, Donna is now head of the renowned Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism Research Institute in the city and leads cutting-edge research into postcolonial and decolonial tourism.
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In January 1978, Sunderland AFC signed Roly Gregoire for £5,000, becoming the first black player to play for the Black Cats. Roly had impressed then manager, Jimmy Anderson, with a string of impressive performances during a trial period. Roly caught the attention of many scouts, but after scoring a hat-trick against Sunderland reserves - Jimmy Anderson
Time to dig deeper, look closer and think bigger this October by heading over to blackhistorymonth.org.uk and educating yourself with the issues and injustices faced by people with black and other minority ethnic backgrounds. From poignant features, thought-provoking history segments about slavery and educational services on offer for those wanting to learn more, blackhistorymonth. org.uk is a vital tool for those wanting to educate, listen and understand this October. Black is beautiful. BLACKHISTORY MONTH.ORG.UK
Sunderland Shorts Film Festival We caught up with the brains behind Sunderland Shorts Film Festival to find out how they’ve kept the cameras rolling and how they're planning ahead for 2021... Sunderland Shorts is a film festival that shines a spotlight on emerging North East talent. What does the festival represent for the area? In the six years we've been running the festival, we’ve proudly showcased a range of established and up-andcoming filmmaking talent, while providing screening and networking opportunities to our participating filmmakers. How have you adapted during the pandemic? This year, due to the ongoing uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, unfortunately, we have decided to postpone our next proper
festival until 2021 and instead take a step back and celebrate some of our favourite previous entries across the history of the festival, from comedy and drama, to documentaries and student films. Tell us more about Sunderland’s film making scene? How can people get involved? We have been continually impressed by how much filmmaking talent there is within the city and how across the region there is such a passion to develop a thriving
filmmaking scene. Submissions are still open for Sunderland Shorts Film Festival 2021. Details can be found at filmfreeway.com/ sunderlandshorts and we can't wait to return to the big screen again with our audiences and some of the finest short films around! Any success stories from previous filmmakers that have emerged from Sunderland Shorts Film Festival? With just about everyone having access to a great
camera in their pocket these days, and the ease of updating content to sites like YouTube or TikTok, the opportunities for budding filmmakers to demonstrate their talents have never been greater! It bodes very well for an exciting and evolving future in the industry. When you're not working, where will we find you? We love visiting Pop Recs when in the city - I mean, who could pass up on their coffee, great records and a good chat with Dave?
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Writing Sunderland sagas… How has growing up in the area influenced your writing? All of my books centre around really strong women, which is definitely influenced by the women I grew up with and saw around me in Ryhope. There’s a great deal of poverty in my books as they’re set in 1919 but also a lot of love and a sense of the pit village community coming together to help the heroine overcome everything I put her through. Ryhope Library has long gone now, but I used to visit it every Saturday morning when I was growing up. My grandad Eddie was an avid reader of cowboy and western books and I’d go to the library for him once a week to change his books. I started to take books out for myself and fell in love with Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven books and Nancy Drew mysteries then progressed to reading more grown-up books such as those by Agatha Christie. Ryhope Library was hugely important to me and instilled a love of books that lasts till this day. I was hugely honoured and proud to be asked to officially open the renovated school library at my old school, Ryhope Juniors, after my debut novel set in Ryhope - Belle of the Back Streets - was published. The headmistress had a ribbon for me to cut and I talked to all of the schoolchildren about following their dreams, whether it was to be a writer or a dancer, or whatever they wanted to be. As part of Heritage Open Days last year, I lead a guided walk around Ryhope showing the locations in my books and it was one of the best days ever! I was hugely proud to share the history of Ryhope with the large group who turned up on the walk, some from as far away as down south.
We caught up with award-winning author, Glenda Young, to discuss her latest novel, how the ancient village of Ryhope shaped her writing life and what’s next… got my chapters roughly planned do I begin to start putting on the gloss and writing the first draft.
A word of advice for budding creatives in the area… Get involved and get connected! Find others who enjoy the same things as you do. Organisations such as Sunderland Culture and The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) have been hugely supportive to me and I’m indebted to them for their help.
When you're not writing, where will we find you in the city? Antiquarian Society, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Durham County Records office, but because of lockdown, I had to research in a very different way this time. I ordered a lot of old books online and used online resources.
Are there any other areas in the city that inspire you creatively? I’m inspired everywhere I go in the city! As a writer, you need to be curious and I’m always wondering around old buildings, intrigued to know what they used to be and who lived or worked inside. I’m always thinking of questions like: ‘Would my heroine have walked along this city street?' and ‘What would she have seen one hundred years ago?’
Has lockdown helped your creativity?
What can you tell us about the process of beginning a novel?
I’ve enjoyed the peace and quiet that has given me more time to write and concentrate wholly on my work. However, trying to research Sunderland’s history during lockdown hasn’t been without its challenges! Normally I’d be researching in Sunderland local history library, Sunderland
I think of writing a novel like decorating a house! I start by sanding down the woodwork – that’s when I do thinking and planning, jotting down notes and ideas. Then there’s the undercoat to apply – that’s the research. Only when all the research has been done and when I’ve
I love cycling along the seafront and the river. My favourite shop in the city is Waterstone’s and the staff who work there are very supportive of local writers. When my second novel The Tuppenny Child was released, it came out at the same time as Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. Margaret Atwood is my writing heroine, my favourite author and Waterstone’s Sunderland had my book next to Margaret Atwood’s in their shop window display. It’s fair to say I was somewhat overcome with emotion when I saw this! So, if you were in the Bridges and saw a lass from Ryhope crying her eyes out outside of Waterstone’s, that was me!
What makes Sunderland so special to you? It’s a city that dares you to dream – and keeps your feet on the ground!
Career defining learning with Sunderland College Sunderland College continues to look for new, innovative ways to help learners study during lockdown while balancing their work and life commitments. We caught up with the team at Sunderland College to learn more about their career defining coursesâ€Ś For adults looking to gain a university-level qualification, the college now delivers higher national courses part-time for students. Using a blended approach to combine the benefits of both classroombased and online learning. In today's increasingly competitive world, employers are looking for people with demonstrable business management skills and abilities. The college's BTEC Higher Nationals in Business are perfect for those seeking a formal qualification in the world of business or looking to boost their career prospects because of their emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist industry knowledge. Led by in-class teaching sessions every three weeks, students also study in their own time, through directed learning and
THE BENEFIT OF A BLENDED LEARNING APPROACH IS THAT STUDENTS TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR OWN LEARNING; THEY CAN DECIDE WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO GO ONLINE AND ACCESS THE MATERIALS ANY TIME THEY WANT.
a user-friendly virtual learning environment. There is also the option for face-to-face meetings with their tutor every week, in person or via Microsoft Teams to help you keep track of deadlines and coursework. Each week, students receive guidance around what is required of them to complete, including a variety of tasks and recommended reading which they can complete at their own pace and at a time that suits them. Their interaction with tasks and activities is closely monitored, with tutors using this information to prepare classroom sessions to address the needs of the group and individuals. Joanne Martin, Leadership and Management lecturer, said: "Our part-time HN Business courses are ideal for those who would like to get university-level qualification but feel they don't have the time to do it. "The benefit of a blended learning approach is that students take ownership of their own learning; they can decide when they are going to go online and
access the materials any time they want. "It helps learners build confidence because they are reading through the materials in their own time and we can build on any areas in class time if we need to." On successful completion of the courses, students will be able progress onto a business top-up degree at university, or increase their opportunities to work in areas such as management, administration, human resources, marketing, accounting and law. So, what are you waiting for? Sunderland College is accepting applications for November 2020 and February 2021. The college will also be introducing blended learning for its full time HN Business courses in the near future. Exciting stuff!
For more information, or to apply, visit www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk
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Lights Out: Sunderland’s Halloween happenings are back… There’s something wicked heading to Wearside this October. Halloween is back! Here’s the lowdown on some of the spooky stuff descending on the city this season... Our friends at the BID are bringing a whole new world to Sunderland city centre this season. They’re working alongside creative experts, Designs in Air and Peel Interactive, to bring Mackems an immersive Augmented Reality (AR) monster trail. Last year's trail was a huge success, and we can't wait to see some more spooky stuff! In 2019, we welcomed Mackie’s Monster to the city and it’s fair to say that this devilish creature was the talk of the town. So for this year, our BID buddies are returning with a huge monster trail that will make up part of the city’s Lights Out Halloween programme and wider activities. As the dark nights roll in and the city lights shine bright, families from across the region are invited to embark on a terrifying tour of ghoulish installations dotted around city centre buildings, with the exciting addition of AR technology. A clever idea for the city given current restrictions, this trail will be perfect for families enjoying the thrill of Halloween all while keeping safe in accordance with Government guidelines. Designers have been hard at work, creating a series of immersive, themed 26
characters that will perfectly compliment the physical installations dotted across the city. So, wrap up warm, grab a hot drink and uncover these terrifying creatures using your mobile device (Pokémon GO-style) and watch on as they dance across some of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings.
It’s a devilishly good idea… This exciting project will be fully accessible across the city centre, giving people of all ages, abilities and interests the chance to get involved and celebrate Halloween away from the home. The aim of the game? Visitors will head out into the city to capture both the physical and AR monsters, noticing a few spooky twist and turns as they go! It’s a fantastic and incredibly engaging way get out and about with the family this autumn! By introducing cutting edge, digital technology to accompany the physical aspects of the Lights Out trail, Sunderland continues to demonstrate itself as a city that’s constantly growing from strength to strength. We can't wait to check it out!
Get involved in the terror… Wondering how you and your bubble can get involved in Sunderland’s spooktacular celebrations? Sunderland BID are inviting you to become a monster hunter this Halloween with Sunderland’s immersive AR trail. Find out more at: sunderlandbid.co.uk/lights-out
Halloween Spectacular Friday 23 October - Sunday 1 November Get set to sink your teeth into a wickedly wonderful city-wide programme that will bring together terribly good events, devilish displays and wicked offers to the streets of Sunderland. Here’s what’s going bump in the night this autumn… ONLI NE SCAR E S
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Our chums at Sunderland BID have altered plans to make sure we can all enjoy Halloween safely this year. So, to make the most of Halloween this year, a special Facebook group has been created to provide you and your loved ones with plenty of hair-raising and eerie delights. For obvious reasons, we can't hold the community parade. But Sunderland BID’s 'Virtual Parade' group will be the place to share weird and wonderful spooky ideas so you can all enjoy Halloween at a distance or home. We'll be keeping the group updated with the best alternative Halloween ideas, workshops and lives streams around Sunderland. Jot these dates down in your diary... facebook.com/groups/halloweenvirtualparade
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Mackem Monster Hunt 23 October - 1 November The Mackem Monsters are back, and this time they’re bringing with them some devilishly good treats. From Friday 23 October until Sunday 1 November, take to the streets and find your favourite creatures hidden on landmark buildings as thirteen different creatures parade round some of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings. The idea is simple. Alongside a delightful inflatable trail, monster hunters can also get virtual thrills with an Augmented Reality Monster. Making Halloween this year a safe, comfortable and an outdoor community trail for all members of the family. All you have to do is downloaded a bespoke app on to any smartphone and follow the guide to the various locations across Sunderland City centre. The Mackem Monster trail and Sunderland Experience app will be available from Friday 23 October, be sure to download it from the Android and Apple store!
Spooky stories You’ve seen all the amazing events that the team at Sunderland BID have put on for the city, now they’re asking YOU to get involved with Sunderland's Spooky Story competition! As it is the season for stories that go bump in the night, our BID buddies are looking for writers to send in 500 words of mischief, mishaps and mayhem that will be judged by an expert panel of writers This year, the team have bagged themselves an iconic name in the horror genre to coincide with the Sunderland's Spooky Story competition. David Turton, a local author best known for sis post-apocalyptic horror novel, The Malaise, has written a nefarious novel to celebrate the Lights Out festivities titled The Monsters and the Mackems. Check out David’s novel on our social channels, send in your stories via the Sunderland BID website and get set for a special Halloween! 27
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Lifeblood of the city: inspiring independents We're shouting about some of the inspiring independents doing good in the city this autumn... SP Barbering
Time to tame those manes, gents! There’s no better place to trim those lockdown locks than SP Barbering Academy on Lambton Street. This traditional barbershop has been offering authentic grooming services across the city for years now and it’s a superb spot to slow down and let the talented SP team remedy that haircut. The cooler months are a great time to show them just how much you missed their treasured skin-fades and expert cuts. Make sure you familiarise yourself with their COVID procedures and don’t forget your face mask!
This vibrant foodie hub on Tavistock Place is open again and what a treat it is to visit this delicious foodie gem. Now open for take out and delivery, the team have fired up the grills and they're serving delicious South Indian street food with delectable dishes and snacks aplenty during the colder months. Check it out after your Lights Out tour round the city this autumn.
Located in Jacky Whites Market, this store has a great selection of purse pleasing costumes that will light up any Halloween celebration. Whether you’re wanting to go head to toe fancy dress or just have your face covered, you’ll do well to take a look in Crazy Fantazy.
Kick off your Half-term fun with an afternoon of ten pin bowling over at Sunderland Bowl! Set over two floors and equipped with an awesome arcade area, families can get the ball rolling with games available for as little as £4. With plenty of other fun, food and fantastic deals to be enjoyed throughout the school break, Sunderland Bowl is certain to be right up your alley!
Coffee Haus There’s a new coffee shop on the horizon! Our friends at Coffee Haus are teaming up with the cool cats at Port Independent to bring Sunderland a new city centre, in-house coffee store. Expect a warm and welcoming interior with a stripped-back, sleek Scandinavian vibe - perfect spot to hunker down a treat yourself to a piping hot flat white. With coffee, art, plants, craft beers and more all expected, we cannot wait to get ourselves booked in! Let’s do this! INSTAGRAM.COM/COFFEE_HAUS
Take A Brow In need of a new look to get the ball rolling this winter? Support your local girl gang and swing by Frederick Street for the ultimate feel-good treatment courtesy of eyebrow specialists, Take a Brow. Feel the benefits with a refreshing derma-planing session, transform your look with a signature eyebrow overhaul, or get your fleek on with gel polish nails. FACEBOOK.COM/ TAKEABROWSUNDERLAND
2 Church Lane There’s always something special about a visit to Churchy's - but with a reopened restaurant, nine new burgers and their devilishly good burger offering will be going up a notch this Halloween, Last year, these burger pros invited us to a double header film night; unlimited prosecco and beer for 2 hours, plus burger and fries for just £25! We cannot wait to see what they have in store this year, it’s a must-visit this October. FACEBOOK.COM/2CHURCHLANE
Dr Funkenstein This packed provider of cosmetics and accessories, based in Derwent Street is the place to be for scarily good costumes and menacing face masks. Established in 1997, Dr Funkenstein has become the go-to spot for last minute Halloween costumes, fancy dress and contemporary costumes for Halloween celebrations across Wearside. Guaranteed to be a hive of activity come the 31st! FACEBOOK.COM/ DRFUNKENSTEINFANCYDRESS
Welcome to the Vibe Vault! We’re travelling back in time to explore the people, the places and the memories that have helped shape the Sunderland we know and love. Join us as we delve into the #VibeVault archives and shine a light on yesteryear…
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When the boat comes in… Recognise where this is the city? Yep, you guessed it. This is an incredible image of Hendon Fish Quay from 1931. Appearance and technology may have dramatically changed in 89 years, but Hendon Fish Quay - as it is today - was a buzzy hub of fishy activity. Originating some time in the mid-1800s, the fish and chip dish began to grow exponentially as the growing, working class people of Britain’s industrial population searched for a cheap, delicious meal that could be eaten within dinner break and with minimum fuss. You could
say that Sunderland’s industrial and maritime prowess was partly fuelled by fish and chips! With Sunderland at the forefront of maritime technology, steam trawlers and fishing boats allowed for fast distribution of fish around the city. Everyday, hardened fisherman would brave the North Sea, battling waves upwards of 20ft to bring in a fresh batch of cod and haddock for hungry mouths at Hendon Fish Quay. Fish and chips were that popular that the Territorial Army even prepared for battle by serving the dish in special catering tents
at training camps in the 1930s. Nowadays, we venture downstream to The Fish Quay Shop. A local business with a wealth of experience. Check them out next time you're down the coast. Do you reckon fish and chips from the 30s would taste as good as our Wearside chip shops now?
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boys from Edinburgh. Catch them live as they roll into Wearside this January.
Rocking in the Free World 22 May 2021
Our very own Emeli Sandé is set to headline a free music festival planned for Sunderland in 2021 to thank NHS and key workers. Plans are already in place and organisers are working round the clock to help bring god Rocking in the Free World festival at Herrington Country Park next year. As well as a spell binding set from Emeli, you and your dance mates can expect bass thumping sets from the likes of Carly Wilford, techno tunes from James Haskell and good ol’ rock ’n’ roll from Sons of Eden. With a crowdfunding goal of £20,000, check out the link below, give what you can, dance the night away and celebrate the incredible key workers of the city. ROCKINGINTHEFREEWORLD.CO.UK
The Drifters 23 June 2021 The Drifters will be back on tour in the UK with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades. Following the phenomenal success of their 65th anniversary tour in 2018 and further sell-out shows in 2019, they’re bringing their live shows back for 2020. If you love the classic 60's sound, then The Drifters have a show for you! Full of their classic hits from the last six decades!! The legendary group have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, performed for the President of the United States and listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. Don't miss their brand new tour performing all the classic hits such as 'Saturday Night At Movies', 'You're More Than A Number', 'Come on Over to My Place', Up On The Roof', 'Under the Boardwalk', Kissin' in the Back Row'. 'Save the Last Dance for Me', 'Down on the Beach', 'Hello Happiness', and many many more.
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Scrantastic Family Food festival 22- 23 May 2021 One of the city’s tastiest events is back next year, and it won’t be long before you and loved ones are chowing down on some of Wearside finest dishes. Standing tall at the Broadway and Rectory Park in Houghton-le-Spring, last year's festival saw the arrival of some incredible, artisan vendors that lightened up our May. From continental market traders, interesting cooking demonstrations and tons of dazzling family entertainment on offer, next year's festival promises to be one of the best yet! SEEITDOITSUNDERLAND.CO.UK
Man of Moon 30 January 2021 Live music moments in Sunderland aren’t too far away. We’ve got our eyes firmly fixed on Man of Moon’s headline performance at Independent Sunderland. A two piece psychedelic rock band formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, Man of Moon released their first single ‘The Road’ to critical acclaim. The single was that incredible, the New York Times said was ‘the best debut single from a UK band since ’Ceremony’ by New Order’. Having toured with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Django Django, as well as playing to huge European crowds throughout 2018 and 2019, you’re in safe hands with the
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Jason will headline in a side splitting night of comedy at the On The Spot Comedy Club hosted by the incredible Karen Bayley! It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 8 out of 10 Cats, The Nightly Show, Sunday Night at the Palladium, Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, QI and The Royal Variety Performance have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic. Over the last few years he has fronted a three-hour live show on Absolute Radio every Sunday morning, he's presented primetime ITV 1 show What Would Your Kid Do? and released his debut album, A Different Stage - not one to be missed next year! FACEBOOK.COM/SUNDERLANDTHEPOINT
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