Festival ‘peppa’d with great shows

Peppa Pig at the Stadium of Light to launch the 2011 Funfair.

Peppa Pig at the Stadium of Light to launch the 2011 Funfair.

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PREPARATIONS are in full swing for this year’s jam-packed Sunderland Summer Festival.

Building on the success of the funfair which has been staged at the Stadium of Light for the past two years, the festival will include more rides than ever before as well as live music, fund-raising days and star appearances.

Children’s favourite Peppa Pig promises to be one of the biggest attractions when she visits on July 2.

Kenneth Reader of Corporate Funfairs said: “We have 1,000 local children coming to the opening afternoon from 4pm until 6pm on June 30 to enjoy the funfair free of charge with the Variety Club of Great Britain.

“The Variety Club has a long-standing relationship with the members of the Showmen’s Guild who attend the funfair, and we welcome the opportunity to support young children who may not otherwise get the opportunity to attend such an event.

“We are also hosting nights on July 1 and 10 in aid of the Nissan Red Cross Tsunami Appeal. Fifty per cent of the gate revenue on both of these dates will go to the Tsunami appeal.

“As the Summer Festival is a family and community event, we wanted to include local children and also show support for Nissan as they contribute so much to the region.”

There’s also a host of special offers to ensure as many people as possible enjoy the bonanza which runs at the home of the Black Cats from June 30 to July 10.

Anyone visiting the fair from July 1 to July 10 in their new SAFC away kit will receive free entry for them and their family, worth £2 each.

They will also be given a sheet of discount ride vouchers, worth £12 for every family member.

Other highlights include live music from local bands on July 8 and 9 and a visit from Fireman Sam on July 9.

l For more information visit www.sunderlandsummerfestival.co.uk