Penshaw Monument was lit in red, white and blue as a mark of solidarity following the terrorist attack at Westminster.
Sunderland City Council is preparing its first Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
The Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Alan Emerson was joined by civic guests including the Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mr Frank Major MBE, to raise the flag as part of the annual celebrations for Commonwealth Day.
Children's Services in Sunderland are continuing to make steady progress.
New gates have been installed at Seaburn's Recreation Park.
Discussions are underway with potential partners about taking on the running of some libraries currently operated by Sunderland City Council.
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