This year’s Houghton Feast is here, with a host of activities taking place across the next 10 days.
Here are a selection of the best events which you could get yourself along to.
The theme of this year’s festival is film and movies, with a number of events relating to the screen being held.
1 It all kicks off tomorrow night with the Houghton Feast Tattoo and opening ceremony. Houghton Pipe band will be performing alongside dancers from Zazz, while youngsters from Houghton Area Youth Brass Band, Hetton Lyons School Choir and the Gilpin Singers Women’s Community Choir and Lion King drummers will also contribute. Look out for superheroes on stilts from Mint Management too!
2 Outside B&M Bargains in Grey Street a “Hollywood-le-Spring exhibition” will be held from 9am to 6pm on Saturday thanks to Houghton Heritage Society. It will bring to life the story of famous Houghton actress Linden Travers and showcase the history of the town’s three theatres and picture houses.
3 Houghton Methodist Church hosts Coronation Street: A collection, thanks to Michael Adams, who will be putting his unique soap memorabilia on show. See Deirdre Barlow’s wedding dress among a number of other items from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.
4 Also at Houghton Methodist Church will be an art exhibition held by members of Houghton Art Club. It will also be staged on Monday and Tuesday.
5 The first Saturday of the Feast wouldn’t be complete without the Carnival Parade, which makes its way through Newbottle Street towards Dairy Lane from 2pm. Vintage cars and vehicles as well as colourful floats will be on show as part of the procession.
6 Monday afternoon sees the traditional roasting of the ox ceremony in Rectory Field at 4pm. The animal will be carved by Mayor of Sunderland Coun Alan Emerson before sandwiches are sold off, with proceeds going to charity.
7 A must-see on Feast Monday is the firework spectacular at 7pm on Durham Road playing fields. Parking nearby is not available so visitors may be best off walking from the town centre.
8 Houghton-le-Spring on the big screen will be shown on Tuesday, at 7.30pm at Zazz. Tickets are £5 per person and the event also includes a talk by Houghton historian Paul Lanagan.
9 Houghton Methodist Church hosts a coffee morning from 9.30am to 11.30am on Thursday, October 13, with all welcome to attend.
10 Catch closing show the Houghton Feast Variety Show at Zazz, in Newbottle Street ,on Sunday, October 16, starting at 6pm. Tickets are £6 per person and £5 for concessions.
11 And no Houghton Feast would be complete without a visit to the popular fairground on Rectory Field, organised by John Murphy of the Showmen’s Guild. Waltzers as well as the Jump ‘n’ Smile, Miami and Tagada rides will all be operating plus favourites for little ones such as hook-a-duck, hoopla and a coconut shy.