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If it’s on in Sunderland, it’s in!

Summer 2018

Pride in our city What a summer it's been! pg2 There's a course for everyone at Sunderland College find your's in our 8-page pull-out

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Remarkable sights, incredible pride Our chests swelled with pride and it was an incredible few weeks to be a Makem. The hugely successful visit of the Tall Ships Races followed by the 30th Sunderland International Airshow made early summer a time so many Wearsiders will never forget. Add to those two amazing highlights the prominent role of two Wearside Young Lions in England’s brilliant World Cup run; another thrilling week of University of Sunderland graduation ceremonies and a dazzling weekend at Sunniside Live and it was a great time to be in Sunderland. Figures suggest about 1.2million people visited the Tall Ships Races during the Sunderland leg and they were met with open arms, warm hearts and a cultural programme of more than 200 events. One of the visitors was the Princess Royal who visited National Glass Centre on the first official day of the Tall Ships visit. On the same day Wearside schoolchildren broke the record for the most people to take part in a live-streamed Big Sing. But for most of us, there will be two abiding Tall Ships memories - the remarkable sight of

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50 ships leaving the Wear, watched by packed crowds along the coastline, and Cirque Bijou’s remarkable tightrope walk across the Wear. And as we marvelled at the sight of so many majestic vessels berthed in our port, we basked in the pride of local lads Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson playing such a huge part in England’s World Cup success - on and off the pitch. Less than two weeks later, the crowds were out again, despite the weather, thousands watched the 30th Sunderland Airshow. There was the return of much-loved favourites like the Battle of Britain memorial flight, as well as some exciting new additions. But the fun’s not over yet… Because it won’t be too long until Sunderland Illuminations and the Festival of Light return. The big switch on will be October 18 and the Illuminations will continue until a month later, November 18. The seafront will be sparkling from St Peter’s Church all along to Whitburn, and the illuminated observation wheel will return to Cliffe Park as will fairground rides and concessions.


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Student raid at the Bridges

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Vaux site back on track; Northern Spire opens; SoL turns red and white

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Homes for sale at Gentoo's Hetton-le-Hole site

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Ryhope Infant School is brimming with pride

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Sunderland Restaurant Week is back

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Proud of our students and proud of our city the University of Sunderland

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Beauty essentials at the Bridges If It's On, It's In

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Let us know what you think of the events Sunderland has hosted this year - and we’d also love to hear what you think of Vibe - send your feedback to editor@ sunderlandvibe.com

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Show your Pride

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Keep your family busy this summer

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Now's the time to quit smoking

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Siglion and Sunderland Soroptimists uncover the hidden heroines

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Sunderland College celebrates another successful year

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Sunderland BID helps you celebrate the festive season on ice

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Our front page picture of a Cirque Bijou high-wire walker at the Tall Ships performance courtesy of North News and Pictures.

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T N E D U ST RAID The student raid takes places at the Bridges shopping centre on 1 October and is the perfect time to stock up on essentials, with a fantastic range of promotions, discounts and giveaways on offer throughout the evening. From keeping warm, to making your student digs a home away from home, there’s plenty to choose from at the Bridges and we’ve rounded up five of the essential items a student cannot live without.

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Flying Tiger, Laundry Basket Student accommodation isn’t always the largest of spaces, so making sure you use it well is essential. A laundry basket will keep your room looking clean and tidy and help you get into a good routine. £7

From your laptop to your lab coat, you will need to transport your things between lectures. A good backpack will never go out of style and choosing a neutral colour means you won’t have a problem coordinating it with your clothes. £25

Debenhams, Red Herring Faux Fur Trim coat

2 Primark, Jacquard Leaf Cushion You can’t always guarantee your accommodation will make you feel at home, but there are simple and affordable ways to fix this. Cushions are a great way to inject some personality into your room and Primark has a great selection. £7

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With the weather being so unpredictable, a good coat is an essential purchase for any student. They can be expensive, so making the most of the discounts on offer at the raid will make sure you can choose one you love without having to compromise on quality. £89

3 5 TK Maxx, A4 Optical Geometrix Notebook Staying organised at university is essential to avoid a last minute panic when your deadlines are due and the right stationary can make all the difference. Invest in some stylish notebooks to give you the motivation to keep your notes neat and precise. £7.99


BACK ON SITE … (l-r) Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, David Roberts, director at Siglion and David Thompson, regional director Tolent

Vaux site back on track But workers are now back on site after Sunderland City Council’s development partners Siglion appointed local company Tolent Construction to complete Phase One of the development.

Stewart Donald thanks red and white fans for turning the SoL red and white

Tolent - which has delivered a number of high profile projects in the city in recent years, including the Beacon of Light, Hilton Garden Inn in the Stadium Village and the Echo 24 Building - is working on the first building, The Beam, which can be seen from High Street West, as well as infrastructure, a new public square and continuation of the Keel Line.

The first phase of the Stadium of Light’s face-lift has been completed, with 10,000 seats replaced ahead of the commencement of the new season.

It is expected that The Beam will open early in 2019.

Over 31,000 seats in total are set to be renewed and the first phase of the project has seen the north east and south east corners replaced. Fans were encouraged to be part of the project to spruce up the home of Sunderland AFC and over 1,000 of them have worked alongside the stadium’s maintenance team to help with the process over the last nine days.

Work on Sunderland’s iconic Vaux site has restarted. The development of the key city centre site had stopped when Carillion Construction went into liquidation earlier this year.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller said: “The redevelopment of this site is of massive strategic importance to the future of our city, and we can all be delighted that building has resumed.” To find out more about the site, visit the-beam.co.uk

Northern Spire will open in August It was hoped Sunderland’s newest bridge would be open in late spring, but harsh weather meant work did not progress as quickly as hoped. However, the team worked hard to maximise the good weather and is now finishing paintworks and carrying out final inspections. Costing £117.6m, Northern Spire is the first bridge to be built over the River Wear in the city in more than 40 years. It is part of a wider plan to improve the road network between the A19 and the Port of Sunderland and Sunderland City Centre.

Chairman Stewart Donald joined in on the final day of the first phase of installation and said: “What a fantastic effort it has been from the supporters. We have had people in their 80s and even someone who travelled from Holland to join us and I can’t thank them enough. “I would also like to give a big hand to our team of staff, who have worked tirelessly to get the project off the ground and to make sure that everything has been done properly. “It is great to see the stadium starting to return to its former glory and I’m delighted that our fans have been able to play such an important part in helping us do this.” The remaining 20,000 seats will be replaced in the coming months.

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Ryhope Infant School blooming with pride... Pupils at Ryhope Infant School are celebrating after scooping first place for their incredibly imaginative entry in Gentoo’s annual Give it a Grow gardening competition. The school, which has been developing its garden since 2012, impressed the judges with their quirky allotment featuring beautiful hanging baskets, a self-made greenhouse constructed with more than 1,000 recycled plastic bottles, a minibeast hotel to shelter insects and animals, as well as a flower planter made from a refabricated hoover. Susan Reed, Head teacher of Ryhope Infant School said: “It feels absolutely fantastic to win the competition and it is testament to the pupils’ hard work.” The garden was the brainchild of the school’s previous head teacher, Mrs Chris Ray, who wanted the pupils to feel connected to both their past, living in an ex-mining community, as well as to the future, in terms of understanding where their food comes from. Susan added: “Mrs Ray believed passionately in the power of learning outdoors and realised that it brought many health benefits for both children and staff, whilst also bringing the community together. “The children love spending time outdoors and do a lot of their curriculum work in the garden. They’re absolutely thrilled that they’ve won the competition, it really means a lot to everyone involved in the project.” The school was awarded a £50 voucher to use at the

Ryhope Infant School pupils and staff with members of Gentoo and Durham Wildlife Trust

Bishopwearmouth Horticultural Nursery on Chester Road, a certificate and a trophy from Gentoo, as well as a lovely bird box from Durham Wildlife Trust. Schools from across the city were invited to pull on their gardening gloves and show pride in their gardens by brightening up their communal green

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spaces, gardens and school grounds. Now in its third year, the competition is run by Gentoo as part of its commitment to inspire people to make a positive difference in their community.

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Ready to get your teeth into one of the most exciting events on the city calendar?

Then take a bite out of Sunderland Restaurant Week... We’re delighted to announce that we’ve got yet another tasty line-up of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs which will be offering their fabulous fayre at a special offer price. And as the theme of this edition of Vibe is pride there couldn’t be a more fitting way of promoting that message. There’s certainly much to be proud of about Restaurant Week - not only because it show-cases our fantastic food scene but also because of the boost it brings to the local economy.

your shoes, sandals and socks come to that - with mouth-watering meals provided by Sunderland’s top eateries. Back for the fifth time, this twice-yearly event keeps going from strength to strength, giving local people and foodies from further afield the opportunity to sample the city’s ever-growing food scene. Many of our firm favourites have signed up yet again and are preparing for another busy week.

For food lovers the event is just too good to miss, with most participants offering But of course it couldn’t happen if it wasn’t two and three course meals for £10 and for the support of all of eateries - so we’re £15 respectively. At the same time our cafés and smaller outlets also come up proud of them too, from the exciting with a range of special offers, usually independent cafés and restaurants to priced at £5 and available during the day. the national favourites who have made Sunderland their home. While it’s a great opportunity to dine out in From Saturday 8 September to Sunday 16 style, Sunderland Restaurant Week also September you can fill your boots - and brings a huge boost to city businesses.

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In March an amazing 15,000 people downloaded offer vouchers, bringing in an additional £280,000 to the local economy. And that’s not all. Around 50% of people who took part in a survey carried out by Sunderland BID after the event admitted that, if it hadn’t been for Restaurant Week, they wouldn’t have eaten out that week at all. Keep checking the website for all the information on the latest restaurant sign ups and to download your special vouchers. www.sunderlandbid.co.uk/offers/ restaurant-week And of course if you’re too full to even contemplate driving home never fear our supporter Station Taxis is on hand at 0191 555 5555 or download their app at www.stationtaxis.com

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PRIDE: “A feeling of pleasure or satisfaction if you or someone close to you have done something well”

Proud of our students and proud of our city Nothing makes us happier than seeing students taking pleasure in what they have achieved, in meeting their goals, and in carving out the foundations of a successful career. We’re already enjoying a summer packed with activities, graduations, opportunities and the chance to build a better future for our students and the city. So what is making us proud at the minute?

School of Medicine It has been a big year for the University with our announcement that we are one of only five new medical schools set to be established in the country. We will be playing a key role in addressing the regional imbalance of medical education places across England and we could not be prouder to help. With a track-record of excellence in medical education spanning almost 100 years, the University is now wellplaced to challenge the chronic shortage of doctors in the North East. We will provide accessible medical education training for a new generation of doctors, recruited from the communities in which they live and where they will eventually practice. Our specialisms will address the well-publicised need for more GPs and Psychiatric specialists and our programme will complement existing medical provision in the region, adding to the diversity of medical schools in the UK. We’re recruiting to the new Sunderland School of Medicine now for a September 2019 start.

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to make Sunderland even more ‘marketable’; we have hosted public and community lectures free of charge for hundreds of people; we have established multimillion pound programmes to support manufacturing and small businesses; we are a lead partner and investor in Sunderland Culture, which in turn is transforming Sunderland through culture; our academics have made national headlines discussing everything from Brexit to Love Island; our student nurses picked up national accolades; and we continue to embrace our reputation as the UK’s most accessible University. What’s not to be proud of?

The Class of 2018 Yes, this year we celebrated setting hundreds more students on the path to great things. We have just marked a summer of graduations at the Stadium of Light and welcomed new honorary graduates into the University family. We have been proud to honour great North East talent like international fashion designer Gareth Pugh, England footballer Jill Scott and national journalist Kevin Maguire. But, most of all, our summer was made when we watched the Class of 2018 celebrate graduating with their families and friends. It was a day they will never forget - and neither will we.

Growing ‘Brand Sunderland’ We take great pride in working with our city partners on building Sunderland’s reputation as a growing hub of culture and tourism. This year we have seen the Tall Ships arrive, with thousands flocking to the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s to enjoy the spectacle. We have led public debates with business leaders, politicians and academics from across the North in a bid

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And that’s just the start...... This September we will open our doors to thousands of new students, each with their own ambitions. Many will come from our own city, others from across the UK, and many from our growing international family - Europe, Africa, the Far East, Canada and America. We have campuses firmly established in both London and Hong Kong - just one more reason to be proud. As we welcome our new Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell, we reflect on the excellent contribution of outgoing Vice-Chancellor Shirley Atkinson, under whose leadership the University has grown in confidence, stature and reputation, she leaves behind much to be proud of. Find out more about what makes us proud by visiting www.sunderland.ac.uk

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5 Beauty Essentials for

To keep your skin looking and feeling its best during the changing seasons, you might need to introduce a new product or two into your beauty routine. Ahead of the Bridges Beauty Event in October - which will be showcasing a whole host of new products - we’ve picked out some of the things we couldn’t do without.

The colder weather can play havoc on your skin, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Avoid drying out by investing in a good moisturiser. The Body Shop uses natural products and the best thing is, they’ll leave you smelling divine. £15

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Debenhams, Clinique Face Scrub As we move into autumn and winter, it’s essential to look after your skin in the changing weather. A good face scrub will fend off oil and dead skin and reduce ingrown hairs, giving you one less thing to worry about when you shave. £21

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Lush, Coconut Scrubby Roulade Ground coconut shell, ground rice and ground almonds add a natural exfoliate to this shower smoothie while rich coconut oil moisturises your skin to leave your skin feeling soft and pampered. £11.94 / 120g

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Debenhams, Elemis Smooth Result Shave and Beard Oil Colder weather can be drying on hair, so it’s important to remember to pay a bit of extra attention to your beard. Packed with nourishing jojoba, hazelnut and grapeseed oils, this product will keep your beard looking healthy and shiny. £23

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Boots, Garnier Pure Active Matcha Detox Pore Unclogging Face Mask There’s nothing better than getting home after a long day, putting your feet up and applying a face mask. If your complexion needs a bit of extra TLC, then a pore-unclogging will do just the trick to refresh your skin. £5.99

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Your essential guide to what’s happening in your city, who’s doing what, where and when.

IT’S IN We’ve hardly had a chance to catch our breath after the excitement of the Tall Ships and Sunderland Airshow, but the city has lots going on in the coming months to keep the buzz going. Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light will again be attracting the crowds along the seafront and in Roker Park, with this year’s fun starting on Thursday, October 18. Meanwhile, the Empire has two blockbuster shows with hit West End musicals Wicked (September 6 - 29) and Miss Saigon (October 24 - November 17) both visiting the iconic theatre. Also back by popular demand is Sunderland Restaurant Week, which will be tempting our tastebuds across the city between September 8 and September 16. Back for the fifth time, this twice-yearly event gives you the opportunity to dine at Sunderland’s best eateries at a generous discount. This year’s Sunderland Pride promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year’s event - with its parade centrepiece - will take place on Sunday, September 23. And two other dates not to be missed are Houghton Feast (Friday, October 5 to Saturday, October 13) and Washington Carnival (September 15). A date that the thousands of city students will certainly not want to miss is Monday, October 1, when the annual Student Raid will happen at The Bridges (6.30pm until late). And if walking round the shops isn’t enough, then Active Sunderland’s BIG walk will take place at Herrington Country Park on Sunday, September 30. So once again, our wonderful city has something to cater for every taste, read on to find out more…

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Your guide to What’s on in Sunderland August

Family Fri 3 - Sep 1 The Call of the Sea A celebration of the Tall Ships race which Sunderland will host in 2018 and the launch of an illustrated book by former Tall Ships sail trainee Naomi Austin. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk

Mon 13 - Sep 9 Young Glass at National Glass Centre Young Glass showcases work by the finest, young international artists working in glass. www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Mon 20 - Fri 24 A Play in a Week at Arts Centre Washington (10am - 3pm) Drama Summer School, children aged 8 - 16 can come along and devise their own play to perform on the final day. £60 / £40 (sibling rate). www.artscentrewashington.co.uk

Fri 17, 24 & 31 Sunderland Pride Centre LGBT+ Drop In (1pm - 3pm) Group for LGBT+ community to come together in a relaxed environment with the opportunity to meet new people. Contact 0191 435 1277 for more information Mon 13 Introduction to Chakras Course at Crystal Moon (1:30pm) Journey further to experience the Mantras, Mudras, Crystals and more. Prices from £81. www.facebook.com/crystalmoonemporium Wed 15 Sunderland College Bede Campus Open Event (2pm-6pm) Whether you are leaving school in the summer, or looking to find out more about the College’s range of Adult and Higher Education courses, then come to Bede Campus on Wednesday 15 August. www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk

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Fri 24 Bourbon & Blues at National Glass Centre (7:30pm) Live music and food event. Tickets £27.50. www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sun 26 Bank Holiday Gin Fest 2018 at Revolution (11:30am - 2am) Join this city centre bar for their massive gin festival with new specials and offers. Call 019 640 2300 for information.

Fri 24 Buskers Night at The Albert (7:30pm) Live music evening at popular Fawcett Street bar, hosted by YUMA Music. Free entry. www.facebook.com/thealbertsunderland

Fri 10 -11 Kubix Festival at Herrington Country Park Kubix is bringing sensational artists from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s to a stunning large-scale production at incredible value ticket prices. www.sunderlandvibe.com/whats-on/ kubix-festival/

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Holmeside Book Club - 3rd Wednesday of every month

Sun 19 Quiz Night at The Albert (7pm) Sunday nights are quiz nights with plenty of drinks and cash prizes to be won! www.facebook.com/thealbertsunderland/

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Fri 17 MEW Wear We Go at The Point (7pm) Main Event Wrestling are bringing their first ever show over the water to Sunderland - definitely an event not to be missed.

Tue 28 Summer Specials at The Minster Come along and take part in the Summer Special activities at The Sunderland Minster. Free entry (with a suggested donation). www.sunderlandminster.com

Sat 18 Undergraduate Open Day at University of Sunderland (9:30am - 4pm) Spend your day meeting your future lecturers and looking around campus. student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk

Fri 24 - Sun 26 The League of Gentlemen Live Again! (7pm) The League of Gentlemen Live Again! will see BAFTA award-winning comedy legends Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to theatres and arenas across the country. Tickets from £40.15. www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland

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Sat 25 Bingo Revolution at Bonded Warehouse After a rapid sell out first date, it’s back for another evening packed with comedy, music and a little mayhem. Tickets from £10. www.bondedwarehouse.co.uk/events

Sun 26 Dolly Parton Tribute at Bar Justice (7pm - 11pm) Andrea Pattison as Dolly Parton is a tribute act not to be missed, for one night only. £5 entry. www.barjustice.co.uk

Tue 28 - Sept 1 Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Tickets from £16.90. www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland

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Mon 27 Historic Vehicle Rally at Seaburn Recreation Park Join us for a day of Classic vehicles and family fun. Featuring Vintage and Veteran cars as well as commercial vehicles. Free entry. www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk

Fri 24 Sunderland Market Square Monthly (9am) with local crafts, farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, street food, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture. www.facebook.com/events2gogo

Mon 3 - Sat 22 Bob Marshall - Paintings at Arts Centre Washington - A selection of paintings by local artist Bob Marshall will be in the Theatre Foyer, some of the work will be for sale. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 15, 18, 22 Active Sunderland Coalfields Area Festival at Barnes Park Part of a series of community sports festivals held across the city during the six week school holidays, with sports taster sessions and fun family activities. • Wed 15 - Seaburn Beach • Wed 22 - Mowbray Park • Wed 29 - Herrington Country Park. www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Sat 18 Aug Snowsport England Roller Ski Coaching at Hetton Lyons Country Park www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk

Tue 14 - Sep 25 Start-up Workshop: Getting Customers (9.30am - 12.30pm) - Free The North East BIC are very proud to have an active calendar of exciting and original events which are beneficial to all businesses. This is a lively, interactive seminar packed full of practical marketing hints and tips aimed at anyone looking to start a new business. Delivered by Paul Finch, Pulse Creative Marketing, you’ll receive some great marketing advice on how to plan, target and get customers. The event is at North East Business and Innovation Centre, Wearfield, Sunderland Enterprise Park East, SR5 2TA This event is held fortnightly. For more information visit: www.ne-bic.co.uk/events

Sat 18 Aug North East Soap Box Challenge at Herrington Country Park Various sponsorships available regarding the event, packages from £750. sponsorship@uksoapbox.co.uk Sat 18 Run Rainton at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (10am) The 5k Trail Fun Run will take you over a challenging circuit of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, including Nicholson’s Hill - £8. www.durhamwt.com/event 0191 584 3112

Sun 19 Sunderland AFC v Scunthorpe United (3pm) www.safc.com

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Sat 8 The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe at Arts Centre Washington (11am & 2pm) - Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls ...the Circus has come to town £7.00. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 8, Sun 9 & 18 Washington F Pit Heritage Open Days (11am - 3pm) See the amazing horizontal steam winding engine in the former house at Washington F-Pit. Free entry. www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Thu 13, 20 & 27 Rainforest Rascals at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10:30am - 11:30am) Join us for stories, songs and crafts for toddlers in the Worlds Alive Gallery. £3 per child - email: museumlearning@sunderland.gov.uk to reserve a place and pay on the day. Fri 14 - Oct 27 Charlie Parker - Portraits at Arts Centre Washington - Charlie Parker is a local artist based in Durham. The solo exhibition of his work features his latest portraits - www.artscentrewashington. co.uk - 0191 561 3455 Fri 14 - Nov 23 It's Sew Easy - Sewing for Beginners and Improvers at Ryhope Community Association (9.15am) - Learn how to draft a paper pattern, use a sewing and embroidery machine to produce quality items that look handmade not homemade Free. www.enrolonline.wea.org.uk/ Online/2018/CourseInfo. aspx?r=C2524043 -

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Your guide to What’s on in Sunderland

Entertainment & Live Music Thu 6 The Sunderland Comedy Project at The Peacock (7:30pm) The start of a new comedy night in Sunderland with fantastic acts and a resident MC. Tickets from £7. www.eventbrite.co.uk

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Fri 21 Roxy Musique at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - A tribute to Roxy Music, the "most influential band of all time", who were fronted by Washington’s very own Bryan Ferry - £10. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455

Sat 22 Bingo Revolution at Bonded Warehouse - After a rapid sell out first date, it’s back for another evening packed with comedy, music and a little mayhem from £10. www.bondedwarehouse.co.uk/events

Thu 6 - Sat 29 Wicked at Sunderland Empire The gravity-defying ‘Wizard of Oz’ prequel is set to transport Sunderland audiences to a re-imagined world of Oz, providing marvels beyond your imagination… Tickets from £22. www.atgtickets.com/sunderland

Sat 15 Washington Carnival in Albany Park (10am) - With heritage displays and information, banner groups, fun fair and more. www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk 0191 537 3231

Sat 15 Oxjam Sunderland 2019 (7pm) Oxjam returns to Sunderland with headline act Picnic. Tickets from £4.

Sat 22 Rose Parade at the Lambton Worm (9pm - 11pm) Big harmonies and powerful sounds covering popular songs from the last 40 years. Fri 28 Live Performance at The Albert (7:30pm) Live music evening at popular Fawcett Street bar. Free entry.

Sat 8 - Sun 16 Sunderland Restaurant Week Dine out for less in Sunderland with plenty of top notch bars, cafés and restaurants involved! www.sunderlandbid.co.uk/offers/ restaurant-week The Hairy Mikers - every Wednesday at Life of Riley

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Sat 29 Blackmore’s Blood at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - A tribute to the magic of Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple to Rainbow - £10. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455

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Wed 5 Roller Disco at Raich Carter Sports Centre Disco suitable for all the family. Tickets from £3 per person with skate hire from £1.50. www.everyoneactive.com Fri 7, 14, 21 & 28 Sunderland Pride Centre LGBT+ Drop In (1pm - 3pm) Group for LGBT+ community to come together in a relaxed environment with the opportunity to meet new people. Contact 0191 435 1277 for more information

Katie’s Garden Breakfast Club every weekend from 10am to 11am

Fri 28 Sunderland Market Square Monthly (9am) with local crafts, farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats, holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, street food, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture. www.facebook.com/events2gogo

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Sun 23 Sunderland Pride (12pm - 4pm) The annual celebration of diversity returns this September to Sunderland city centre with live music, parade and more. www.facebook.com/sunderlandpridegroup Fri 28 - Sun 30 The Crafters Roadshow at The Bridges Join The Makers as they bring you the very best in handmade goods and much more! www.thecraftersroadshow.com Sun 30 Active Sunderland BIG Walk in Herrington Country Park A fun family activity and opportunity to get off the beaten track and discover a hidden corner of rural Wearside. www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk


August to November October Mon 1 Student Raid at The Bridges Shopping Centre (6:30 until late) Sunderland’s biggest student shopping night returns this October for one night of exclusive discounts, giveaways and offers! Free event. The event is free, but it’s best to register via the Bridges website. www.thebridges-shopping.com

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Thu 4 Spirit of the Dance (7:30pm)

The international smash hit is one of the most successful shows ever to come out of Ireland with raw energy and heart-pounding Irish Dance. Tickets from £13.

Sun 7 You Win Again - Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees (7:30pm)

Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one of the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this concert spectacular. Tickets from £13.90.

Sun 21 Garden Gang at Museum Vaults (3pm) The high energy, glam punch band make their way to Sunderland for an afternoon show. Free entry. www.facebook.com/gardengang

Tue 16 Islands In The Stream

Fri 26 Live Performance at The Albert (7:30pm) Live music evening at popular Fawcett Street bar. Free entry. www.facebook.com/thealbertsunderland

(7:30pm) Enjoy the songs of the Queen and King of country music - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Tickets from £21.50.

Wed 17 Beyond the Barricade

(7:30pm) This show has delighted audiences throughout the UK for more than a decade with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre. Tickets from £23.

Thu 18 One Night of Elvis: Lee ‘Memphis’ King (7:30pm) There are Elvis tributes… and then there’s Lee Memphis King. Tickets from £13.

Fri 5 - 13 Houghton Feast in Houghton-leSpring Houghton Feast is an 800 year old festival featuring an ox roasting, carnival, heritage and fairground. www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk

Sat 13 Sunderland Symphony Orchestra’s Autumn Concert at West Park Church (7.30pm) A programme of light orchestral music, chosen from previous concerts during the 18 years - £8 - Pay on the door. www.sunderlandsymphonyorchestra.org.uk

Sun 14 Roy Chubby Brown (7:30pm)

He’s back and just as naughty as ever. Chubby Brown is a master of his craft and guarantees a regular supply of new jokes every time you see him. Tickets from £20.25.

Fri 5, 12, 19 & 26 Sunderland Pride Centre LGBT+ Drop In (1pm - 3pm) Group for LGBT+ community to come together in a relaxed environment with the opportunity to meet new people. Contact 0191 435 1277 for more information

Live Music

Wed 24 - 17 Nov Miss Saigon at Sunderland Empire (7:30pm) Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production is landing at Sunderland Empire for a number of dates through October to November. Tickets from £17.50.

Fri 26 Moving Targets at Independent Sunderland (7pm - 11pm) A night of live music at this popular nightclub and music venue. Tickets from £9. www.serialbowlrecords.bandcamp.com Sat 6 - Sun 7 Bottomless Brunch at Revolution! (11am - 4pm) Revolution Sunderland brings you the best way to start your weekend with their Bottomless Brunch. £25pp.

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Your guide to What’s on in Sunderland November

Katie’s Garden Breakfast Club every weekend from 10am to 11am

Fri 2 ‘Like we used to social’ at Bonded Warehouse - Club Night. www.bondedwarehouse.co.uk/events

Mon 22 - 28 Halloween at Washington Old Hall (11am - 3pm) - A range of creepy crafts for you and the family to get involved with, such as willow craft to holding a scary beast and tricky tales trails to scary senses. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events 0191 4166 879

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Sunderland Market Square Monthly (9am) with local crafts, farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, street food, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture. www.facebook.com/events2gogo

Sun 11 Remembrance Parade through Burdon Road. www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Thurs 15 Pop Music at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Pop Music is an emotionally contagious rollercoaster by Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan £9.00 / £7.50 (conc.). www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455

Wed 31 Sunderland Social Media Café (12pm - 1pm) The monthly social media café is a place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together and share ideas. www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sat 27 Big Fish Little Fish at Bonded Warehouse - A social, daft, anarchic and creative spaces for all the family to enjoy. www.bondedwarehouse.co.uk/events Sat 27 Halloween at Bonded Warehouse - Halloween themed club night. www.bondedwarehouse.co.uk/events

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Mon 19 An Audience with Michael Bolton at Sunderland Empire (7:30pm) In this one to one interview Michael will personally take the audience through the highs and lows of his fantastic career in music. www.atgtickets.com/sunderland

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FOCUS ON #WEAREXPERIMENTING Fancy taking a photograph with a wheelie bin or building a camera out of a cola can?

EXPERIMENTING … Photographer Jo Howell, right, and Paige Harvey at the #Wearexperimenting pop-up darkroom at the Ships Ahoy event in Barnes Park

The #Wearexperimenting project is being delivered by Sunderland photographic artist Jo Howell on behalf of the Cultural Spring and cocommissioner the North East Photography Network (NEPN). Jo explained: “For the last few weeks we’ve been using popup darkroom tents to bring photography into different areas of the city. Inside the tents we’ve been carrying out experiments in photography, things like microscopy work, portraits using a wheelie bin as a camera and using coffee tins or cola cans to photograph objects.

“We’ve also been working with people in different areas of the city to record the path of the sun using handmade cameras, You could do either thanks to and we’ve been encouraging a Sunderland photographic people to take pictures with project aiming to engage as their smartphones and use the many Wearsiders as possible #Wearexperimenting hashtag with photography and science. to help us collect loads of images

that we’ll then look to put into an archive for public display. Emma Horsman, Project Director at the Cultural Spring, said: “With the advent of smartphones there has been a marked increase in the number of people taking pictures and an interest in photography. We wanted to reflect this growing interest with a co-commission with our friends at North East Photography Network, with whom we’ve worked before. The #Wearexperimenting sessions will be at St Oswald’s Communicare Centre in Gladwyn Road, Sunderland from 6.30pm - 8.30pm on the following Fridays: August 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Funding for the project has come from NEPN and the Cultural Spring, and has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through ACE. The Cultural Spring’s four partners are the University of Sunderland; the Customs House, South Shields, Sunderland’s Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust and Sangini, a women’s health organisation. The project works with five wards in Sunderland and five in South Tyneside.

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Egyptian Belly Dance

6.30 – 7.30pm

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£6.50

Dance Workout

6.30 – 7.30pm

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Salsa

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Aerial

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Walk on! The Active Sunderland BIG Walk returns on Sunday 30 September 2018 and offers a superb opportunity to get off the beaten track and discover a truly stunning, hidden corner of rural Sunderland. Three route options are available to participants; 3, 7 & 11 miles. The 3 mile route involves an optional scavenger hunt trail around Herrington Country Park providing the perfect chance to discover more about the history and nature of one of the city's finest outdoor spaces. This route is ideal for beginners, families or those with mobility issues.

Both the 7 mile and 11 mile routes take in the beautiful River Wear valley behind Penshaw Monument. This area of unspoiled countryside is home to a rich mosaic of habitats and wildlife and is a fantastic place to walk, with mile upon mile of footpaths through open countryside, ancient woodland and along the banks of the river Wear. Online entries are now open at www.activesunderland.org.uk The entry fee is £10 per person and includes a t-shirt, medal and a goody bag.

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Keep walking…. If you’re interested in walking more regularly, there’s lots of options available in Sunderland. There’s health walks, Nordic walking, and 20 heritage trails across the city where you can stretch your legs, keep fit and learn more about our history on the way! To find out more about the walking options, please visit: www.sunderland.gov.uk/walking

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In the summertime... To the kids, the six weeks holidays can seem like an endless summer of hazy days spent playing in the sun. But if you’re a parent affected by the roll out of Universal Credit, it may feel like a summer of stress and sleepless nights. Even when money’s tighter than ever, parents want to make sure their children enjoy the break from school. To help you make the most of the last days of summer, Vibe has put together a guide to the best free days out

Sunderland has to offer, meaning there is one less cost to worry about. You can find more inspiration at www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk. For anyone still unsure how they may be affected by Universal Credit, there is a useful guide, compiled by Gentoo, to help you through the changes to the support you receive… and do so quickly, so you’re aware of any changes before they occur.

Roker Beach

National Glass Centre

Where better to visit on a sunny day than the jewel in the city’s crown - the beach. Roker Beach is home to a fab play park where the little ones can burn off all their excess energy. And it’s easy to wander from there to Roker Park and stunning Seaburn beach too!

Celebrating Sunderland’s rich glassmaking heritage, this is a great place to learn and have fun. With regular glass-blowing sessions that are free to enjoy, your little ones may leave inspired to become the artisans of the future.

Herrington Country Park and Penshaw Monument

Community Sports Festivals

Generations of people from Sunderland have climbed the steps that lead up to the city’s iconic monument that overlooks beautiful Herrington Park itself a fabulous place to spend those long summer days.

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Sponsored by Gentoo, these are being held across the city every Wednesday during the six-week school holidays. As well as free sports taster sessions - from football to rugby, and martial arts to mini golf - a variety of other fun family activities will be available for all ages.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens A short walk from the Park Lane bus interchange are three floors of history - from Sunderland’s industrial past to a floor of stunning paintings of the city, there’s lots to take in. And the Winter Gardens, overlooking Mowbray Park, is home to plants-a-plenty… and a fabulous fountain full of sparkling fish.

You can find out more at www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk


A handy guide to Universal Credit Sunderland housing association, Gentoo, has put together this handy guide to Universal Credit. With support payments now changing to monthly, it’s important that you plan ahead for Universal Credit.

What is it?

Universal Credit is a new benefit for working-age people who are sick, unemployed and looking for work, or working but on a low income. It was introduced in November 2015 for single people making new claims. From July 2018, Universal Credit is being rolled out to couples and families. Universal Credit replaces Housing Benefit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incomerelated Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, and is paid once a month, usually into your bank, building society or credit union account.

How do I apply for Universal Credit?

To apply for Universal Credit you will need to visit www.gov.uk/ universal-credit/how-to-claim You will need to make sure you: • Have access to the internet as you can claim and manage your account online • Have an email address set up • Have your National Insurance number to hand

What if I am already claiming working-age benefits?

If you are worried that you might not be able to afford food for meals If you are already claiming working-age while you wait for your first Universal Credit payment, Gentoo can make benefits, carry on as normal until you are notified by the Department of Work a referral for you to your local food bank. They can also give you details and Pensions (DWP). of any free lunch clubs in your local area. What about Council Tax? Council Tax support isn’t included in Universal Credit. Council Tax information and support can be accessed via Sunderland City Council’s website at: www.sunderland.gov.uk/housingbenefit-council-tax-support

I’m worried I’m not going to be able to manage while I wait for my payments.

There is a lot of support that Gentoo can provide to you if you live in a Gentoo property, or if you’re a prospective Gentoo customer e.g. you’ve applied for a Gentoo property and are on a waiting list, to ensure you can manage financially while you wait for your payment. Gentoo’s Money Matters Team can help you adjust to budgeting on a monthly basis, so you don’t end up short between payments. Your first payment will usually take around five weeks, however if you are in receipt of Housing Benefit, this will continue for the first two weeks of your claim. If you need help with your living costs while you wait for your first payment, you can apply for an advance from the DWP which can be paid back over twelve months.

School uniforms can be one of the most costly things for families over the holidays, so Gentoo has been collecting for those who need them most. Speak to the Money Matters Team about events where you can pick up school uniforms for your children for a small donation.

Essential contacts • The Universal Credit Helpline: 0800 328 5644 or visit www.gov.uk/universalcredit/how-to-claim • For Gentoo customers, Gentoo’s Money Matters Team (for Gentoo customers): 0300 123 2004* or email moneymatters@ gentoogroup.com

• Have a bank, building society, credit union or post office account • Details of income and any savings or investments • Details of childcare costs • Have proof of identity (driving license, passport, debit/credit card)

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Quit smoking for a healthier,

With the summer in full swing,.. re.. quitting smoking can mean mo t and.. money in your pocket for days ou a boost... can even give your appearance

Save £££'s • Someone smoking 14 a day can expect to pay £2418 per year, £201 a month and £46.50 a week.

• Someone smoking 10 a day can expect to pay £1693 a year, £141 a month and £32.50 a week.

• For a couple that means £4836 a year, £402 a month and £93 a week.

• For a couple that means £3386 a year, £282 a month and £65 a week.

Look and feel better • Smoking makes it harder to get fit, even if you are young, as it restricts muscle growth. • Smoking makes your skin more likely to wrinkle at a younger age. • Smoking can make hair more brittle. • Smoking can make people more prone to acne.

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If you want to stop smoking here are some top tips...

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Everyone is different - some successful quit attempts are planned, but loads of people manage to quit without planning. Work out when you’re most likely to smoke and change your routine to avoid those situations.

Make a list of reasons to quit eg health, family, money. Think about quitting smoking as a pay rise and what you can do with the extra money. Get the best support - help, advice and support is available from your local NHS Stop Smoking Service. Call Sunderland Live Life Well on 0800 107 0741, visit www.livelifewell.org.uk or speak to your GP or local pharmacy.


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Ask your family and friends to support you - and not to try to tempt you to smoke. Consider an electronic cigarette to help. E-cigs are the most popular quitting aid in the UK and are estimated to be around 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes. Try some of the free tools to keep you going from the national Smokefree website www.nhs.uk/smokefree

It is usually better to stop abruptly than cut down. Don’t feel disheartened if you can't quit - come back stronger and more determined.

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Secondhand smoke - the facts If you don’t want to quit - what can you do to protect your family from secondhand smoke? • Take several steps away from your house, making sure any children in the house are safe. Closing doors and windows will stop smoke drifting back in. • Consider switching to an e-cigarette. • Try nicotine gum, lozenges, inhalator or spray to get you through times you want to smoke at home and can’t get outside. • Politely ask visitors who smoke to go outside to smoke, or smoke before they arrive at your house. • Remember it is illegal to smoke in a car with a child under 18 present. For more information, visit www.smokefreefamilies.co.uk

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Look at old pictures of Sunderland, and you’ll see hundreds of ashen faced men and scores of man-mountains with hardworking hands that crafted the countless ships that left the waters of the River Wear.

But where were the women? Siglion, the company that is regenerating a number of the city’s key sites, including the former Vaux Brewery, is working hand-in-hand with Sunderland’s Soroptimists - a voluntary organisation that creates opportunities for girls and women - to unearth the untold stories of Sunderland’s industrious women. “Seven hundred women worked in Sunderland’s shipyards during World War II - all committed - like their male counterparts - to the war effort,” says Lowri Bond, from Siglion.

“These were women undertaking jobs like welding, riveting, burning and rivet catching, as well as general labouring, operating cranes, and painting. Hardworking women… Yet, history seems to have forgotten them.”

to acknowledge the courage and dedication of the shipyard women.”

“Many war babies and children were looked after by neighbours and older siblings so that their mothers could work long shifts in the shipyards,” explains The yards in Sunderland - at the time the Sunday Times bestselling author Nancy biggest shipbuilding town in the world Revell, who’s series The Shipyard Girls - produced a quarter of Britain's merchant features characters that are based on real shipping. This made the city a strategic people from Sunderland. target for the Germans, a risk that made “The conditions in which the women women workers all the braver. laboured were harsh and hazardous, with “It was perilous work,” says Suzanne scant regard paid to health and safety. Brown from the Soroptimists. They also had to contend with constant air strikes by Hitler’s Luftwaffe, and many “And we really feel that these women deserve something - a permanent tribute of the women workers would do so with the added worry that their children were - to honour their bravery and hard work. We, in the Sunderland Soroptimists want in another part of the town.”

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industrious women The Soroptimists approached Siglion with their idea to create a lasting-tribute, and now Lowri - who is community and placemaking manager with the firm - is leading a team of passionate young people, as they develop ideas for a piece of art to remind the city of the role of women in one of Sunderland’s dominant industries. The project is part of the 80th celebration of the Soroptimist’s service in Sunderland. Soroptimist International is dedicated to improving the life chances and opportunities of women worldwide, through education, empowerment and enablement.

Lowri says: “It’s fantastic that, working with talented young people and the fantastic Soroptimists, we’re going to be able to shine a spotlight on women’s role in shaping Sunderland’s past, and hopefully - together - create something that will celebrate them long into the future.” Four young people have been signed up by Siglion to dig out stories about the contribution that women made to Sunderland’s shipbuilding industry. The students will work in partnership with the Soroptimists and Nancy to develop ideas for a permanent tribute that will

Nancy Revell's latest book in The Shipyard Girls series, Victory for the Shipyard Girls, is out on September 6.

stand proudly on the Vaux site, honouring Sunderland’s brave women. Among the young people working with Siglion is Lizzie Mushangwe, 18, a Sunderland College student. The 18-year-old from Town End Farm hopes to move into engineering after her studies, and thinks the project provides an opportunity to learn more about the city’s history. “While you hear about the city’s shipbuilding heritage, you don’t get to learn about individual stories - especially the stories of women in the industry.” Katherine Galley, 17, who is from Grangetown and studies English Language, Graphic Design and Art at Sunderland College, adds: “I am really excited to hopefully work on commissioning a creative piece of art. I’m excited and nervous at the same time, but it’s great to think we could create something that will become part of the city for years to come.” Keep up to date with developments at www.siglion.co.uk

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HOW YOUR PRIDE An assortment of colourful flags, a community coming together for a parade through Sunderland’s city centre and an event with a very important message - it can only be Sunderland Pride.

Now in its eighth year, the annual event is a celebration of community spirit and solidarity which everyone is invited to join in with, regardless of how they identify. And this year the event takes place on Sunday 23 September, with a whole host of plans currently underway to bring some fantastic acts and entertainment to the city. Perhaps the most recognisable aspect of Pride events are the parades and Sunderland’s will follow the same route as in previous years, starting at the civic centre’s Burdon Road entrance, before moving through the city towards the Park Lane Shopping Village where the Mayor will open the stage for the afternoon’s acts. And with 2018 marking 40 years since LGBT+ activist and artist, Gilbert Baker, designed the rainbow flag in 1978, this year’s Sunderland Pride looks to celebrate the iconic symbol that has become synonymous with the LGBT+ community.

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Chris Ramsay, chairman of the Sunderland Pride Group - which organises the annual festival as well as a number of satellite events throughout the year - is looking forward to another fantastic year of Pride. “We have been organising Sunderland Pride for a number of years now and every year we are looking to make it bigger and better than the last one,” said Chris. “It is always a great day with an amazing atmosphere where people can be themselves without any judgement and just enjoy being with their friends and loved ones. “We can’t wait to announce the acts we have booked, showcase some local talent and hopefully educate some people about Gilbert Baker and the wider LGBT+ community.

“And although Sunderland Pride may be the event that people most associate with the group, we organise things all year so we will also have more information on the day about the organisation and other events people can get involved with.” Check the What's on Guide on page 13 for the full summer listings. For further information about Sunderland Pride, search sunderlandpridegroup on Facebook


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