The sea front in Sunderland is superb , if you don't get to go anywhere else visit the coast stretching some 10km north of the mouth of the river Wear and a few albeit not so spectacular south.
Fondest memory: The picture shows the now grassed over Seaburn fountain, which proved very popular ,too popular in fact because every now and then someone would drop a packet of washing powder into it and it would foam all over BOTH sides of the road(very dangerous).So they tried putting an -anti foaming- agent in it ,however it didn't work so it was eventually grassed over what a shame as it was very pretty
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
Sunderland People are called Mackems (see my Sunderland page for more) and should never be called Geordies. That title belongs to them up the road (Newcastle).
Fondest memory: I got my degree there, also support Sunderland AFC which can be a pleasure or a pain, depending on the result.