Roker Park lights attract 30,000 visitors

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ROKER Park lights have proved a big hit.

The displays were switched off on Saturday, ending a six-week run seen by more than 30,000 viisitors.

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Emily Hope with Allan and Stephen Gorringe.

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Emily Hope with Allan and Stephen Gorringe.

But those who visited the park are hoping the lights will shine on again next year.

“I’m really impressed,” said Joanna Chisholm, 40, from Roker.

“It needs something like this, it really does. They should definitely bring them back next year.

The kids have loved it. It’s got a really nice atmosphere to it and it’s all family orientated.”

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Left to right; Givi Todua, Jordan Wadley, Holly Usher, 6, Charlie Dempster, Caleb Dempster, 5, Leanne Lawson and Carl Lawson.

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Left to right; Givi Todua, Jordan Wadley, Holly Usher, 6, Charlie Dempster, Caleb Dempster, 5, Leanne Lawson and Carl Lawson.

Steve and Vicky Clelland, from Washington, took daughter Grace, four, to see the lights.

“It’s the first time we’ve been,” said Vicky. “But it’s really good.

“It’s nice for the little ones to have something you can do on a weekend. Grace is crying because we’re making her go home.”

Steve added: “It’s good. It’s been done well.”

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Terena and david Johnson with theri 12 year old daughter Tia and grandson Brandon Murray aged three.

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Terena and david Johnson with theri 12 year old daughter Tia and grandson Brandon Murray aged three.

Emily Hope, Stephen Gorringe and Allan Gorringe also enjoyed their evening.

“It’s lovely,” said Emily. “It’s very nice. I wanted to see it before it finished and I’m really impressed.

“It’s good for families with kids. It brings back memories from my childhood.

“They should bring it back, 100 per cent. Bring back the lights, bigger and better.”

Well over a thousand peorple were in  Roker Park last night to see the launch of the Roker park lights

Well over a thousand peorple were in Roker Park last night to see the launch of the Roker park lights

David and Terena Johnson, from Washington, were in Roker Park with daughter Tia, 12, and grandson Brandon, three.

“They’re great,” said Terena. “It’s nice to bring the children to.

“The little ones liked the rides. They should definitely have them again next year.

“It’s nice to have somewhere on the doorstep to come on a night-time.”

Sunderland City Council has yet to decide whether the lights will return next year.

“It’s too early to say whether we might do something similar in 2013,” said Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for culture.

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Terena and david Johnson with theri 12 year old daughter Tia and grandson Brandon Murray aged three.

Roker Park Lights vox pop.'Terena and david Johnson with theri 12 year old daughter Tia and grandson Brandon Murray aged three.

“But it’s certainly something that we will have a think about as we look back on the last six weeks.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from people and visitor numbers are estimated at more than 30,000.

“I’d like to thank the Friends of Roker Park, our local model train enthusiasts for their help, and indeed everyone who has been involved with the organisation or who has visited the lights.”

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Well over a thousand peorple were in  Roker Park last night to see the launch of the Roker park lights

Well over a thousand peorple were in Roker Park last night to see the launch of the Roker park lights