The third annual Sunderland Pride celebrations will take place this afternoon. People taking part will march from Sunderland Civic Centre at 2pm to Park Lane Village, where there will be entertainment into the evening. Organisers said the event celebrates equality and diversity on Wearside.
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Storm Doris is set to bring wet, windy and wintry weather to the region.
Severe weather warnings have been put in place for much of the UK on Thursday,with the North urged to "be prepared".
Boro will face either Man City or Huddersfield at the Riverside.