Hang on I’ll give her a callIs that true? She's been very vague about her personal life apart from that her real father was Irish and she was conceived in Lincolnshire while her mother's husband was away in the army during WWII.
Most references say she was actually born in Sunderland but I'm sure I heard her say that her adoptive parents had to travel south to go through the adoption.
Class story that is. I didn't know about that. I know it said the street he lived at was knocked down but there should be a blue plaque near where he lived to commemorate this.
The story of Charles Whilem, the Sunderland man who survived the Titanic disaster thanks to a game of cardsThe story of the Titanic, sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912, is one that we all know and has fascinated historians, writers and filmmakers for over a century.www-sunderlandecho-com.cdn.ampproject.orgVictor Francis Sunderland (March 17th, 1896 - August 21st, 1973) was a Third Class passenger on the Titanic. He survived the sinking. He was a resident of London, travelling to Cleveland, Ohio to stay with his uncle, J. P. Foley. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger...titanic.fandom.com
Here’s a curious link that I read about last year: near the end of the Boxer Rebellion of 1860, British troops under Lord Elgin burnt down the Chinese Summer Palace - a complex of buildings and palaces about five times the size of the Forbidden City, whose loss is still a huge issue in China.
This was in direct retaliation for the Chinese torture and murder of a 20-strong negotiation party - containing the renowned Times foreign correspondent Thomas William Bowlby…who grew up in Sunderland and was educated at the Grange School.
Or there’s this story that made international headlines. See who assisted in the rescue.Alan Sunderland who played for Arsenal........... errr never mind !