Pick your favourite flicks for Sunderland’s next open-air screenings

DRIVE-IN ... Hundreds of people enjoyed Top Gun on a giant screen when Herrington Country Park staged its first drive-in movie. Picture shows Jo Clay and Gareth Hopper.
DRIVE-IN ... Hundreds of people enjoyed Top Gun on a giant screen when Herrington Country Park staged its first drive-in movie. Picture shows Jo Clay and Gareth Hopper.
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HAVE your say on the films you would like to see at open-air screenings.

Outdoor movies have proved such a success at Herrington Country Park, Wearsiders are now being given the chance to help programme the events.

Film fans can choose from one of two choices for four screenings taking place this month.

It follows on from the success of screenings of Grease and Top Gun, which attracted thousands.

Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for culture at Sunderland Council, said: “After the massive success of the open air and drive-in movies we staged for the first time last year, we are providing an even bigger programme this time which includes the public vote.

“We have arranged matinee and evening screenings at Herrington Country Park, and shortlisted two films we think will appeal to each of those audiences to choose from.

“There is something to appeal to everyone, from children’s and family films to musicals, romantic comedies and drama. The choice is yours.”

The screenings are part of a number of events taking place at Herrington Country Park, Mowbray Park and Cliffe Park, Seaburn.

Coun Kelly added: “As part of the programme we can also confirm a number of other big screen favourites at Herrington County Park and our other venues, with a few other surprises still to come to an open air movie near you soon.”

The programme begins tomorrow with big-screen entertainment a key part of the celebrations. A free outdoor event at Cliffe Park, in Seaburn, is taking place between 1pm and 10pm, with live music.

Interspersed with archive footage of royal visits and historic events, the day will feature a screening of Alice in Wonderland at 2pm and a screening of Singing in the Rain at 5pm.

The event will be brought to a close when Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Iain Kay, lights the celebratory beacon at 10pm as part of the national network before a fireworks display.

Other confirmed screenings will also include A Hard Day’s Night at 2pm on June 9 at Mowbray Park; The Lion King at 3pm at Herrington Country Park on June 16; and The Italian Job at Herrington Country Park at 6.30pm on June 16.

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