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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.
Located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the city of Kingston upon Hull (usually just called Hull) is to be the UK City of Culture in 2017. During that year, Hull will have undertaken a major redevelopment thanks to an £11 million funding from the government and will host many cultural events all over the city to boost tourism, jobs and the economy.
The city centre is fairly compact and mainly pedestrianised, which creates a relatively hassle-free walk around town. Bus services in Hull are operated by East Yorkshire Motor Services and Stagecoach and buses can be taken from the city's bus station, Hull Paragon Interchange. Local and national rail services can also be taken from the Interchange.
Developed from the old derelict Humber Dock in the early 1980's, Hull Marina provides space for 270 yachts and small sailing craft in its permanent and visiting berths. The area is an enjoyable stroll with some great cafes and old pubs, and hosts annual the Sea Fever Shanty Festival. Usually held on the first Saturday and Sunday in September the festival attracts major shanty singers from the United Kingdom and from around the world. The main stage is along the Prince's dock side and groups sing in the pubs near by.