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How Sunderland Prepared Itself For A Potential German Invasion, Twice.

Can you ever imagine someone invading Sunderland? The idea might seem laughable today given the UK’s security environment is strong and we’ve had the luxury of lasting peace, not least…

Seaburn Zoo: The Seafront Attraction That Sunderland Forgot

Our seafront has experienced a lot of regeneration over the past few years, but those who have lived longer than most will tell us that in many ways it remains…

The Story of the New Monkey: Sunderland’s Most Notorious Nightclub

Most people who were around in the early 2000s will remember that just off Sunderland General Hospital in Pallion, existed “The New Monkey” a club that placed itself at the…

Obituary: Len Gibson, A Veteran, A Centenarian, A True Sunderland Great

Yesterday the sad news came that much loved local figure Len Gibson had passed away at 101 years of age, surrounded by family in hospital. Only months prior had the…

The North Star Chapter VIII: The Invitation From Above

For a contents of all North Star Chapters Please See Here The next morning, Sophie was awoken abruptly by the uncontrollable buzzing of her phone by her bedside. Vibrating heavily…

Who are the Redcaps? The Monsters from Northumbrian Folkore Featuring in the North Star

If you’ve been reading the North Star, you’ll be well aware that the series has frequently featured a set of monsters who are called “Redcaps“. Depicted as man-like monsters with…