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Sunderland father scoops £1m lotto jackpot

A father from Sunderland is celebrating after winning a £1million top prize on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Kenny Ashton, 33, as his wife Gillian, 26, are expecting their first son, the couple said they cannot believe the timing.

Kenny puts the success down to a premonition.

Kenny Ashton scooped a top prize

"I had a dream that National Lottery luck was going to come my way, so the following day when I was on my lunch break, I popped into the local supermarket and bought the scratchcard - it was simply the card which really took my eye on the stand."

– Kenny Ashton

Travel advice for fans heading to Sunderland for England game

Travel advice has been issued to Sunderland fans heading for the Stadium of Light this Friday.

Roy Hodgson’s side face Australia in an important warm up game ahead of next months’ UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

Credit: England team that lined up against England at the weekend

DRIVERS

  • North: From the A19 and follow signs for A1231 Sunderland, then yellow signs for Park & Ride and use the Park & Ride service
  • Alternatively, from the A19 follow signs for A184 Sunderland (North), then either; Roker Seafront or City Centre and use car parks
  • South: From the A19 follow signs for A1018 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
  • From the A1(M) follow signs for A690 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
  • West: From the A183 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
  • From the A690 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks

PARKING

There is no parking available on the stadium complex, with parking immediately around the Stadium of Light also extremely restricted. Residential streets in the vicinity of the Stadium of Light are also subject to Parking Permit restrictions. There is parking available throughout the city, which is within walking distance of the stadium. Full details are available at www.sunderland.gov.uk/parking. Additional spaces are also available at the University of Sunderland, simply follow the signposts.

METRO

There will be a Metro train every 15 minutes during the day between Newcastle and Sunderland rising to a train every five minutes after 4pm, with the high-frequency service continuing after the event to make sure large crowds can get away from the venue safely.

Extra Metro services will be running between Newcastle and Sunderland augmenting the normal service between 9.30pm and just after 11pm. The last train time to Newcastle from the Stadium of Light will leave as normal at 12am (midnight).

BUSES

Go North East is providing enhanced bus services around the Stadium of Light, including areas such as South Shields, both before and after the match.

TRAINS

Sunderland is served by a mainline railway station. For National Rail Enquiries, call 0845 7484 950. Grand Central operate direct services to Sunderland city centre

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