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North East mother of two says: “Schools do not dictate. If I wanted to take my children away from school for something beneficial then I would”

North East mother of two says: “Schools do not dictate. If I wanted to take my children away from school for something beneficial then I would”

A North East mother of two children has said that ‘schools do not dictate’ when it comes to making the decision to take her children out of school during term time. Her statement follows petitions that have been rapidly gathering signatures around the UK to allow parents to take their […]

Bid for Christmas no.1 as Netflix series Sunderland ‘Til I Die gets local singer-songwriter The Lake Poets in the charts

Bid for Christmas no.1 as Netflix series Sunderland ‘Til I Die gets local singer-songwriter The Lake Poets in the charts

Local singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff – who performs as The Lake Poets – is currently placed at no.4 in the British Itunes charts with his single Shipyards. Thanks to the Netflix documentary Sunderland ‘Til I die, the eight-episode series which aired on December 14 has given local lad Martin a huge backing. […]

Social media is contributing to isolation among young people according to prominent North East blogger

Social media is contributing to isolation among young people according to prominent North East blogger

A prominent social media blogger and influencer has said the social media obsession among youth is a growing problem contributing to social isolation and mental health issues. Alice Fairweather , who writes the lifestyle blog ‘Zest of Alice’, said: “We’re all competing for who has the better life on social media, […]

Elf trail set to get locals into the festive spirit

Elf trail set to get locals into the festive spirit

  Sunderland locals will be able to get themselves into the Christmas mood with an Elf Trail stretching over the village of Penshaw, Houghton-le-Spring.  The event, organised by The Penshaw Community Association,  takes place on Saturday, December 22. Lindsey Milner, secretary for the Penshaw Community Association, said: “It’s open to anyone […]