Life Up North
Sunderland is the biggest city between Leeds and Edinburgh. It's bigger even than it's close neigbour and rival Newcastle. Unfortunately it lacks the quality of the facilities that Newcastle has (shopping, liesure, nighlife, theatres etc) and it doesn't have that "big city feeling" that Newcastle has.
This is all rather unfortunate and leaves Sunderland feeling like the poor relation of the area - even the so-called "Tyne-Wear Metro" didn't reach the Wear until 2002, 20 years after the Tyneside section was completed. So what DOES Sunderland have?
Well, the city centre is undergoing some development and there are some decent shops there, and some good pubs & nightclubs too. The Empire Theatre is pretty good and gets some good shows.
Sunderland is on the coast and it's quite nice and quite interesting too, stretching all the way from Roker to Marsden and South Shields on Tyneside.
Most of my "what to see & do in Sunderland" is given in the "Must See Activities" section.
Travelling North from Whitburn towards Marsden, you come to Souter Lighthouse. Now owned and maintained by the National Trust, this is an example of a traditional manned lighthouse. You can look around the lighthouse and the cottages surrounding it to see what life was like for a lighthouse keeper many years ago.
You can walk from here to Marsden, about 1/2 mile (3/4km) away, along a lovely cliff top walk. Don't wander too near the edge, though, and follow the signs.
My home city...
"Home is where the heart is....."
Sunderland amplifies what Northern England holds in it's heart. The people, the history and the lifestyle; all amalgamate into a friendly and entertaining place to be. In the city centre we have a bar or pub within at least every 20 feet, and meals all day in most of them.
Foreign travellers from afar can expect a friendly atmosphere on the evening with mostly a touch of class in clothes and appearance.
See the list of evening clubbing/bar scene below:
Monday – Student night and rather quiet
Tuesday – Gay night, and randoms
Wednesday – Quiet night
Thursday – Student / Younger peoples night.
Friday – Mixture of young and old
Saturday – 20-30 year olds.
Sunday – Very quiet, although historically this used to be the busiest night
History: Well mining and ship building were our biggest trades, ships being built here since early 18th century. Other than that nothings happened really. Southern England think of us as Scotland with us being close and the Scottish hate us because we are English and so close, so we can't win. Our accents are a mixture of Scottish and English and we put the world 'like' on the end of our sentences for no reason aswell 'like'. While I was backpacking Americans confused it with Irish as well?
One thing about Sunderland is that we are obsessed with football (soccer). Sometimes we have sell out crowds at the matches with 42,000 people attending. At the moment we are entering the premiership with Irish ownership and Irish management.
The Oppossum Submarine pictured in Sunderland Pier in 1992.
Sunderland afc's Stadium of light
"1 of the top football club grounds in the world"
Sunderland afc ,my team,who at the moment are recovering from the shock of relegation from the premier league however ARE RECOVERING! after losing many good players now have to pin their hopes on a young squad for the future.If when you visit the city of Sunderland you get the opportunity to watch a game here go,you will be amazed at the atmosphere and passion of the crowd and the size of this fantastic stadium with a capacity of over 48000
"OUR CLUB CREST"
This is our club crest it shows our red and white stripes that we play in also penshaw monument on the boundaries of the city the wearmouth bridge which spans both sides of the city and also the winding wheel from the colliery which the stadium was built on the former site of
these gates were donated by the murray family or something like that.Never mind whatever your opinion of the politics of the issue you have to admit they are very beautiful,arent they?
Some of the crowd on match day before kick off
"the team are on the pitch"
ooh its all too much for me to take as we attack their goalmouth
The scoreboard abobe the visiting Watford fans (or lack of them ) says 1-0 to sunderland . . . but wait a minute . . .
"G O A L ! !"
YES GOAL AND 2-0 to Sunderland which was how it remained until the end of the game .Final score Sunderland 2 Watford 0 :-)