Cup Final fever has been sweeping across Sunderland as fans and the club head to Wembley hoping to achieve a historic victory once more.
Sunderland fans are beginning to show their colours by painting the city red and white. The club face Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.
The Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley is to become an Anglican Bishop. She will become the seventh Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand.
Trevor Mann CBE, Nissan's Executive Vice President, spoke about being given the Freedom of the City of Sunderland at a ceremony today.
– Trevor Mann CBE
"I am deeply proud to be conferred with the Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland, where I enjoyed living and working for many happy and fulfilling years.
The honour is a reflection of the many achievements of our UK plant and a mutually supportive partnership spanning three decades between Nissan and Sunderland City Council.
Of course none of Nissan Sunderland plant's success would have been possible without the dedication and contribution of my colleagues at the plant, so I would like to thank them all for their hard work and outstanding performance over many years."
Trevor Mann CBE, one of Nissan's top executives, is being given the Freedom of Sunderland at a ceremony today.
He is Nissan's Executive Vice President, having risen through the ranks since joining the company in 1985.
He is being granted Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland in recognition of the example he sets to the city's young people, and his personal contribution to the economic well-being of the city and people of Sunderland, according to the city council.
The court also heard a statement from Pc Richard Coombes, who was beaten unconscious during the rioting.
Pc Coombes, who the jury has already heard was "lucky to be alive", received facial injuries, cuts and missing teeth during the onslaught.
The court heard that he had "no training or instruction" to use the riot gear he was issued with on the night of the riot.
– Pc Richard Coombes
"My feeling during this riot was that those doing the rioting attacked us with such ferocity and determination that I believe they wanted to do us serious harm,
It made me fear for my life."
Alan Tappy, who served alongside Pc Keith Blakelock, gave evidence in court today.
He explained that as the officers tried to escape a mob, he became aware of a "bundle on the grass" whom the mob were "stabbing and clubbing".
– Pc Alan Tappy
"Keith was lying face-down and I thought he was dead. Pengelly (the unit's sergeant) was at the front of us, kneeling down to his left.
We grabbed hold of Keith's shoulders and made an attempt to move him but couldn't.
I remember one side of his neck had a wound, a gaping wound."
Pc Keith Blakelock's unit came under attack with a "flame-type thrower" before he was hacked to death during riots in 1985, a jury has heard.
The riots saw a group of police officers trying to protect firefighters from a mob of around 150 youths on the Broadwater Farm estate.
The trial of Nicky Jacobs for the murder of Pc Blakelock heard that bricks, bottles and petrol bombs were thrown at police.
In a statement given two days after the riots and read out in court by prosecutor Richard Whittam QC, one officer said he had seen "shiny knives" and a "flame-type thrower".
Nicky Jacobs denies murder and the trial continues.
Sunderland City Council is due to meet to vote on its budget for the coming financial year, which includes £35m of savings. The council said the cuts would have an impact on services. It will also approve a freeze on council tax for the fourth year in a row.
The widow of Sunderland PC Keith Blakelock, Elizabeth Johnson, and sons Lee, Kevin and Mark are at the Old Bailey in London for the trial of the man accused of his murder.
The defendant, Nicky Jacobs, was 16 when PC Blakelock was stabbed to death during riots in London in 1985. He denies all charges and the case continues.
Weather, waves and more than a century of work have taken their toll on Roker Pier, in Sunderland, which is now to be resurfaced along its entire length for the first time.
Sunderland City Council said it would apply for planning permission to restore the pier as part of a £1.35m rolling programme, which also saw repair work to the lighthouse.
Last autumn, a large chunk of the concrete surface was torn up by waves. The council said that patches of the pier have been repaired in the past, but it has never all been done at once.
It is not possible to do the work over the winter, so if permission is granted, it would happen over the summer and reopen in November.
The sergeant in charge of PC Keith Blakelock's unit has described the "terrifying" moment they came under attack by a mob with iron bars and a machete. David Pengelly led his team of 10 officers to protect firefighters tackling a blaze at a supermarket.
It was a scene of considerable disorder. There were lines of officers with shields. There were missiles being thrown. It was a scene of considerable rioting.
I saw a group of youths. My eye was drawn to youths who were running underneath us. A group appeared at the far side of the level we were on from an entrance of some sort.
– David Pengelly
There was something perhaps of a dramatic pause. I do not know the reason. Then another group appeared slightly to the right from an unknown point to me.
There was no time to reflect as the second group immediately starting throwing items at us - bottles, bricks, I believe mainly.
A man accused of stabbing PC Keith Blakelock, from Sunderland, during the 1985 Tottenham riots wrote a rap, saying "we chop him all over", his murder trial has heard.
A prison officer found the poem while searching Nicky Jacobs's cell at a youth custody centre in 1988.
Jacobs, who was 16 at the time of the attack, had been serving a sentence for affray following the riots on October 6, 1985. The hand-written poem was read out on the second day of the trial by prosecutor Richard Whittam.
Jacobs denies murder.