Dazzling display will illuminate Marine Walk

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A DAZZLING lighting display will open tonight at Sunderland seafront with a special launch ceremony.

Echo editor Rob Lawson will officially switch on the new Marine Walk Feature Lighting system, which will illuminate Roker Ravine and Holey Rock Corner, as part of efforts to revamp the seafront.

The lights will be projected on to the beach and cliff faces with colours schemes changing throughout the year, to fit in with the seasons and special dates such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Bonfire Night.

The aim of the scheme is to provide an attractive space to stage outdoor events.

Sunderland City Council organised a competition to design colour schemes for the system, and 12 winners will be presented with certificates tonight at the launch event.

Redby Academy Community Choir will perform in the bandstand in Roker Park at 5.30pm, before the winners receive their certificates.

The crowd will then move down to the seafront to see the lights switched on.