Countess of Wessex to visit Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

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THE Stadium of Light will be rolling out the red carpet for a royal visit.

HRH The Countess of Wessex is visiting Wearside tomorrow as guest of honour at an event to raise awareness of the Beacon of Light project, pioneered by the Foundation of Light charity.

The Countess, who is patron of the charity, will meet children and adults taking part in demonstrations of activities that will take place at the proposed permanent home for the foundation, housing classrooms, a sports and events hall and floodlit outdoor junior football pitches.

Plans are in place to build the facility on land next to the Stadium of Light.

Lesley Spuhler, Foundation of Light CEO, said: “We’re delighted to welcome HRH Countess of Wessex back to the North East to raise awareness of the exciting Beacon of Light project.

“It’s 10 years ago this month that she opened the Centre of Light classrooms at the stadium, which have had a massive impact on this community.

“A decade on and she is still as keen to help improve lives of those in the North East, and the Beacon of Light will be the next logical step.”

Foundation of Light trustees journalist Kate Adie, television personality and architect George Clarke, Olympian and TV presenter Steve Cram MBE and award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice will also be at the event.