The eyes of the world focus on the city that became a new home to so many Irish
Suddenly, the chorus of the Remain supporters was shattered. "Yes! Yes!" gasped the Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe as the result from the Sunderland constituency was fed into Manchester town hall.
The early narrative in the referendum campaign - that Britain was on course to vote to 'Remain' - was now turned on its head.
And as more and more constituencies followed Sunderland's lead and voted in favour of a Brexit, a heavy atmosphere hung in the main hall of the referendum headquarters.