“Another year over, a new one just begun”.

As 2021 draws to a close, it’s probably another year that the world at large will be happy to see the back of.

As much as we didn’t want it to, like the previous one the year was dominated by the covid-19 pandemic, vaccines, more unpopular decisions and new variants which have ultimately left people frustrated as to when the world will finally go “back to normal”, if ever.

But on a local scale, 2021 has been on the other hand, a good year for Sunderland as a city.

Here’s why:

  1. Nissan announced a mega new electric car investment in its Sunderland plant which will amount to up to £1 billion. Chinese battery firm envision will also invest £400 million in a lithium battery plant to go with it.
  2. Sunderland’s new auditorium and music venue opened next to the fire station
  3. Plans for a new eye infirmary next to Keel Square were tabled
  4. Construction of the New Keel Square Hotel commenced
  5. A fantastic new sculpture commemorating the historical legacy of Vaux was created
  6. Long awaited plans to rebuild Sunderland train station were announced and got underway
  7. The Stack Seaburn proved to be a massive success, attracting 750,000 people in its first year
  8. Archaeologists discovered ancient Roman anchors in the River Wear at Hylton, proving old theories and adding a new to chapter to the area’s history
  9. Sunderland’s New City Hall was opened, waving goodbye to the Civic Centre
  10. Plans for a new culture house and library on Keel Square were submitted
  11. The Norwegian Company Wastefront announced it is investing in a “Green Waste Tire Recycling Plant”- In the Port of Sunderland, of which will be the largest in the UK.
  12. Mackie’s Corner was refurbished and reopened, recapturing its former retail glory
  13. BGL Group, a financial company, announced it is creating 100 call centre and customer service jobs in Sunderland which will be based at St. Catherine’s Court, near the Northern Spire.
  14. Food delivery firm Just Eat announced they are creating 1500 new customer service jobs in Houghton Le Spring

Not a bad year for Wearside is it?

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