Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.
A doorman has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for setting alight a Sunderland student who was dressed as a sheep.
A new £9million centre to support enterprise and innovation in Sunderland could produce up to 650 jobs.
The daughter of Robert Hutchinson, who has been missing from Sunderland for two weeks, has appealed for him to come home. Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on June 23 in Hendon.
He was last seen driving a blue Nissan Micra registration number LT03 0ZJ.
Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, from Northumbria Police, is urging anyone who knows the whereabouts of missing Robert Hutchinson to contact them. The 56 year old, from Sunderland, hasn't been seen since the 23rd of June.
The family of a man who's been missing for more than 2 weeks have made an emotional appeal for him to get in touch. 56 year old Robert Hutchinson was last seen on the 23rd of June in the Hendon area of Sunderland. His daughter, Paula Hutchinson, and son, Gavin Newton, say they want him home.
The daughter of Robert Hutchinson, who has been missing from Sunderland for two weeks, has appealed for him to come home. Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on June 23 in Hendon. He was last seen driving a blue Nissan Micra registration number LT03 0ZJ.
His daughter Paula Hutchinson said:
"We just want him to come home, the family are missing him so much. It's upsetting not knowing where he is and I want to tell him we love him so much. "My son, Dad's only grandson, is starting to ask where he is, they have a special bond and it's so difficult not knowing what to tell him."
Diane Peacock, Unison Sunderland Branch Secretary, explains why picketing strikers in Sunderland dressed in Victorian outfits.
Picketers at Sunderland Civic Centre are dressed in Victorian costume. They say their members are having to take on several jobs and still need help from food banks. The costume represents a return to the era of the work house.
A washing line with photos of public sector workers pegged to it was strung across the civic centre court yard to represent workers being 'hung out to dry' by the Government.
A best-selling author who created the fictional North East detective "Vera", will be presented with an honourary Doctorate of Letters from Sunderland University today.
Ann Cleeves is an immensely successful writer, and the mind behind one of ITV's biggest crime dramas.
Four series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been broadcast in the UK, and sold worldwide, and a fifth is in preparation.
Ann Cleeves said:
“I’m a North Easterner by choice, not by birth. It’s easier to write about a place as an outsider. People who live in the region perhaps sometimes take for granted just how beautiful the region is, and how nice people here are.”
This RAF helicopter footage shows the moment one of the passengers had to be airlifted from a North Sea ferry, after Boden Hughes started a fire.
The King Seaways ship sailing from North Shields to Amsterdam was 25 miles off the Yorkshire coast when the fire started in a cabin.
In total, six people had to be winched to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.The vessel returned to North Shields.