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The city of Bangor is located in the North Wales coast and is regarded as one of the smallest cities in the UK. It is one of only 6 conurbations is Wales that has city status. The city lies close to the Menai Strait which separates the island of Anglesey from Gwynedd. Bangor Mountain lies to the east of the city and the mountain casts a shadow over parts of the city which means that from November to March some areas receive no direct sunlight. The origins of the city date back to the establishment of the monastery on the site of Bangor Cathedral by the Celtic saint Deiniol in the 6th century AD. The Welsh translation of Bangor means "wattled enclosure" such as the one that originally surrounded the cathedral.
Bangor is famous for its University which was founded in 1884 and the city's Friars School was founded as a free grammar school in 557. Bangor is also known for having the longest High Street in Wales.
Bangor's main shopping area is centered around the High Street and the retail outlets on Caernarfon Road on the outskirts of the city, one being St David's Retail Park.
Located in Tyne and Wear in the north east of England, the city of Sunderland is a former coal mining and ship building city which has undergone a major transformation over recent decades. The city's former shipyards have been transformed into expensive apartment blocks, the National Glass Centre and the Stadium of Light football ground, home to Sunderland Athletic Football Club.
Getting around Sunderland by public transport is a relatively easy thing to do. The city's bus station, the Park Lane Interchange (supposedly the busiest in the United Kingdom after London Victoria), provides bus services throughout the city. From Park Lane Interchange it is also possible to catch an underground Metro service to destinations within the city. Finally, national coach services can be taken from the bus station to destinations throughout the rest of the United Kingdom.
The Port of Sunderland is the second largest municipally owned port in the U.K. The port offers a total of 17 quays handling cargoes including forest products, non-ferrous metals, steel, aggregates and refined oil products, limestone, chemicals and maritime cranes. It also handles offshore supply vessels and has ship repair and drydocking facilities.