Tag: houghton le spring

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 […]

Sunderland woman thought to have world’s oldest successful transplant with 100-year-old kidney

A Sunderland woman with a 100-year-old kidney she received from her mother in the 1970s is thought to have the world’s oldest successfully transplanted kidney. Sue Westhead, from Houghton-le-Spring, received the swap in 1973 when her mother Ann Metcalfe was 57. Now, 43 years on, the kidney is still going strong, despite doctors […]