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About Sunderland

Sunderland is a city in Tyne and Wear in the north east of England. It lies at the mouth of the River Wear which also runs through the city with the two sides of the city connected by the Queen Alexandra Bridge at Pallion and the Wearmouth Bridge just north of the city centre. Much of the city is located on a low range of hills running parallel to the coast.

Over the centuries the city grew as a port, trading coal and salt. The city also began shipbuilding in the 14th century and was once regarded as being the "Largest Shipbuilding Town in the World" and by the 19th century Sunderland had grown to absorb Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth.

Following the decline in the city's shipbuilding, the shipyards along the Wear were redeveloped into a mixture of residential, commercial and leisure facilities which includes St. Peter's Campus of the University of Sunderland, the North Haven housing and marina development, the National Glass Centre, the Stadium of Light, home to Sunderland Football Club, and the Riverside Retail Park. Adjacent to the Stadium of Light is the Sunderland Aquatic Centre which contains the only Olympic size swimming pool between Leeds and Edinburgh.

About Liverpool

The city of Liverpool, located on the Liverpool Bay of the Irish Sea, has been described as having "the most splendid setting of any English city" . Liverpool; is roughly 180 miles to the north west of London and is built across a ridge of sandstone hills which are around 230 feet above sea level at their highest point at Everton Hill. This also marks the southern point of the West Lancashire Plain. Separating Liverpool from the Wirral Peninsular is the estuary of the River Mersey which flows from Stockport in Greater Manchester to Liverpool Bay.

Liverpool was a pioneer city in many fields. In the arts it was home to the first lending library, athenaeum society, arts centre and public art conservation centre. The city is also home to the oldest surviving classical orchestra and the oldest surviving repertory theatre, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Liverpool Playhouse respectively.

Liverpool's iconic catholic cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, was completed in 1967 and is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool and is a Grade II* Listed building. The cathedral is sometimes referred to as "Paddy's Wigwam" or the "Mersey Funnel" by local people.