Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

25 Years as a City - and 25 Reasons to Be So Proud; This Week Marks 25 Years since Sunderland Was Granted City Status by the Queen. to Celebrate the Landmark, Here Are 25 Reasons Why Sunderland Deserved the Status Then - and Continues to Do So

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

25 Years as a City - and 25 Reasons to Be So Proud; This Week Marks 25 Years since Sunderland Was Granted City Status by the Queen. to Celebrate the Landmark, Here Are 25 Reasons Why Sunderland Deserved the Status Then - and Continues to Do So

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THE football team might be struggling, but the fans are incredible 1 Sunderland AFC, despite current woes, are currently on a 10-year streak in the Premier League. The fans deserve massive credit - they continually have one of the highest average attendances in Europe.

THE city has produced an England captain...

2 Steph Houghton rose through the Sunderland AFC academy and is one of the finest female football players of her generation.

3 ...AND another one Also progressing through Sunderland's academy, Jordan Henderson is one of the country's most high-profile footballers.

THE area boasts one of the UK's most recognisable landmarks...

4 The iconic Penshaw Monument was built in 1844.

5 ...AND a fine church Sunderland Minster is one of the most beautiful and historyladen places of worship in the region.

6 THE beach isn't bad either Beautiful stretches of coastline in Seaburn and Roker are a great attraction.

7 SUNDERLAND gave the world something we couldn't live without now Glass making was introduced to the UK by Benedict Biscop in the 7th century. The city is home to the National Glass Centre.

HOW many Mackems does it take to change a lightbulb? 8 Nee idea - but it took just one to invent them. Joseph Swan, from Bishopwearmouth, designed the earliest mass-production incandescent lightbulb in the mid 1800s.

SUNDERLAND ruled the waves...

9 The area has a proud heritage of world class shipbuilding.

10...AND dug as deep as anyone else Sunderland played a huge role in the North East's once titanic mining industry, at one point boasting the world's deepest pit.

11EVEN in harder times, it still has a place on the industrial map...

Nissan's plant in Sunderland directly employs 7,000 people and provides a massive economic boost to the region.

12...AND a brighter future might be dawning With the transformation of the Vaux site, there is new hope that Sunderland can turn around its economic woes.

13THE university has gone from strength to strength Since being granted university status in 1992, Sunderland University has developed quality facilities and opened up education to thousands of students. …

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