Could Roker Park lights spark the return of Sunderland Illuminations?



SUNDERLAND’s much-loved illuminations could shine brightly in the city once more.

A new lighting project is being switched on at Roker Park, which could pave the way for the illuminations to be reinstated.

Since the plug was pulled on the seafront’s illuminations, many campaigns have been held to bring them back.

Sunderland City Council bosses say that they have listened to what Wearsiders want to see.

Councillor John Kelly, who holds the portfolio for leisure and culture at the council, said: “We are introducing the Roker Park Lights and have been working with a guy from the Blackpool illuminations on them.

“It depends on their popularity as to whether the illuminations come back, but this is an example of the kind of thing we are doing in response to people’s feedback.

“People who come in to the tourist information centre have told us this is what they want to see.”

The lights are inspired by the park’s past and present and will switched on with a special event at Holey Rock Corner this evening.

It will include a theatre production with Sunderland schoolchildren.

The lights will now shine on Roker every evening and weekends, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm until November 10.

Events will take place around the lights on weekends afternoons, including storytelling, arts and crafts and Halloween activities.

Coun Kelly said: “We can’t wave a magic wand and light up the whole seafront, it’s too expensive, but the Roker Lights is a way of seeing if there is an appetite for this sort of attraction.”

He added: “Roker Park Lights isn’t an all-singing, all-dancing laser show.

“Instead we have been inspired by characters from the past and have been sympathetic to the beauty of the park.”




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