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.
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.
Ian Lawrie, for the prosecution, told the court that Hughes was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the offence and that he had shown a 'spectacular display of recklessness'.Adjourning the case for sentencing,
His Honour Judge Goss told Hughes: "Be under no illusions as to the seriousness of the crimes you have committed. They will attract a substantial prison sentence."Hughes was remanded in custody until September for sentencing.
A man from Sunderland has admitted starting a fire on board a ferry which was forced to return to port in North Shields. Boden Hughes started the blaze by smoking cannabis in a cabin of the DFDS ferry on December 28, putting the lives of more than 1000 passengers and crew at risk.
The boat which had been en route to Amsterdam and was 30 miles out at sea was forced to return to the Port of Tyne and people had to be winched to safety.Some needed treatment for smoke inhalation.
At Newcastle Crown Court today the 26-year-old, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless to life being endangered and affray.
A woman has been seriously hurt after being attacked by a dog in Sunderland.
The woman was walking through the cemetery at Holy Trinity Church in Southwick, onto the path of Northern Way, when she was approached by the Alsation,
The animal was not with anyone, and was not wearing a colar.
It jumped up at the woman, and as she put her hands out to protect herself she suffered serious injuries to both of her hands and required hospital treatment.
The dog ran off down an alleyway between the back of James Street and Southwick Primary school field.
– Northumbria Police Spokesman
Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and appealing for the owners of the dog, or anyone with information, to get in contact."
A man from Sunderland has now been missing for more than a week.
Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on Monday, June 23 by a family member in the Hendon area.
He was reported missing on Thursday, June 26.
He is described as white, 5ft 9 inches tall, stocky build with grey short hair.
He was last seen wearing knee length shorts and a short sleeved checked shirt.
He has an ear piercing in his left ear.
Northumbria Police officers are carrying out enquiries in order to trace Robert and are asking him, or anyone who know's where he is, to get in contact.
Anyone with information should ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 410 260614.
A 91-year-old World war 2 veteran is due to parachute jump over County Durham, to raise money for a dementia charity, in tribute to his wife.
Jack Watson, from Sunderland, said skydiving was one of his lifelong ambitions, and he decided to do it to raise money for Action on Dementia Sunderland, which has supported him and his wife Norma since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease seven years ago.
Mr Watson, a former Signalman with the Shropshire Yeomanry, now volunteers at the charity's Memory Cafes, for dementia patients and their carers. He said he was "lucky" to be able to do the jump, which will take place at Shotton Airfield, County Durham.
Two men, aged 21 and 24, have appeared at Sunderland Magistrates' Court this morning charged with murder.
Police found a 53-year-old man with a serious leg injury on Purley Road in the Plains Farm area of Sunderland. The attacked happened at 4.20am on Monday 2nd June. He was taken to hospital but later died.
21-year-old Jack Ryan and 24-year-old Jess Ryan, who are both from the Sunderland area, have been remanded in custody and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow (Wednesday 25 June).