Top Gun screened at American-style drive-in movie in Sunderland

Tom Cruise in Top Gun
Tom Cruise in Top Gun
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IF you feel the need for speed then motor along to Herrington Country Park next Saturday.

The park is preparing to screen its first American-style drive-in movie.

Saturday evening saw a screening of movie classic, Grase at Herrington Country Park as part of Sunderland Live. The film was preceeded by a performance from local north east band, The Aaron Bailey Band, playing 50s hits

Saturday evening saw a screening of movie classic, Grase at Herrington Country Park as part of Sunderland Live. The film was preceeded by a performance from local north east band, The Aaron Bailey Band, playing 50s hits

Adrenaline fans will be in seventh heaven with the film of choice – 80’s classic Top Gun.

The Tom Cruise classic will be beamed out on a giant screen.

Viewers will be able to park up their cars in designated spots in front of the giant screen from 6pm on Saturday, March 31, giving them a chance to soak up the atmosphere before the film starts at about 7.45pm.

The drive-in follows in the footsteps of the popular open-air, sit-down screening of Grease at Herrington Country Park last summer.

Hundreds of people packed the park with picnics to watch the smash-hit movie in July after high winds cancelled a scheduled screening in May.

Coun John Kelly, portfolio holder for Safer City and Culture, said: “Last summer we had an open-air showing of Grease on a giant screen at Herrington as part of the Sunderland Festival.

“That was hugely popular so this time we decided to go the whole hog and have a drive-in movie.

“I think it’s going to be a really good night and we’ve had a lot of interest already, even before the tickets went on sale.”

People can bring their own food and refreshments or buy snacks from the on-site catering, which offers hot and cold food and drinks, and popcorn and sweets.

To listen to the film, all drivers need is to tune in their car radio into the on-site radio frequency, which is provided on arrival.

There will be a specific area set aside for 4x4s and larger vehicles to make sure everyone can see the film.

Tickets are £15 per car and can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre, City Library, Fawcett Street, or online at www.artscentrewashington.co.uk by clicking on the special events section.

Tickets for cyclists are £5 but they must bring their own FM radio.

The film is a 12A certificate.

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