Organisers of the weekend's Sunderland Pride festival said it was open to all - and particularly important considering recent international events.
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Hundreds of Newcastle fans are taking part in a protest in the city centre ahead of today's home game against Tottenham.
Thousands of Newcastle fans are expected to boycott today's game against Tottenham at St James' Park.
Fine and mostly dry with some sunny spells for the first half of the new working week