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  • After its £4million revamp, the Empire Theatre is now the only place to see West End shows between Manchester and Edinburgh.
  • Sunderland is one of the "world's most intelligent" cities, achieving international recognition for outstanding achievements in information technology.
  • Sunderland is one of the "coolest" places in the country, according to top music mag NME.
  • Not only is Sunderland a the friendly place, it is the most giving city in the UK according to charity research.
  • The Boxing Day charity dip is the biggest of its kind in Europe as 1,000 hardy souls dash into the icy North Sea.
  • Sunderland University's Sir Tom Cowie Campus was highlighted as one of the UK's top campuses with a "wow" factor.
  • Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free vent of its kind in Northern Europe, attracting more than one million visitors to the seafront each year.
  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens houses 1,500 exotic and unusual plans and was voted best large visitor attraction outside London.
  • Sunderland is the home of the first stained glass making in Britain, and now has the only UK centre celebrating a millennium of glass making.
  • Built of magnesium limestone from local quarries in 1821, Fulwell Mill is the most complete windmill in the North East.
  • Originally built in 1796, Wearmouth Bridge was the largest single-span cast iron bridge in the world and one of the engineering wonders of its time.
  • Since it opened in 1999, Park Lane has become the second busiest bus station in the country, with an estimated 750,000 departures each year.
  • By size of area and population, with about 300,000 residents, Sunderland is officially the biggest city between Leeds and Edinburgh.
  • The mythical Lambton Worm of Wearside folklore grew into a huge dragon which needed the milk of nine cows daily to satisfy its appetite.
  • Sunderland is blooming brilliant and has won the Entente Florale European Gold Award - the Champions League equivalent of Britain in Bloom.
  • Sunderland has one of the longest beach areas within its boundaries of any English city.
  • On the banks of the River Wear, Webster's Ropery was the world's oldest patent ropeworks and supplied rigging for the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • From the works of Christian scholar The Venerable Bede, Sunderland is recognized worldwide as the birthplace of the English language and the cradle of learning.
  • Based on the Greek Temple of Theseus, Penshaw Monument stands 70ft high and was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham.
  • Wearside is one of the most productive automotive centres in Europe and one in every five cars produced in Britain is Sunderland-built.
  • The first shipbuilding was recorded on the River Wear in 1346, and in its heyday Sunderland was the biggest and finest shipbuilding town in the world.

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