A host of family activities will take place as part of this year’s Sunderland Illuminations including a fun fair, road train and roller rink.
Starting on Saturday September 26 and running until Sunday, November 1, the city’s seafront will be transformed into a colourful wonderland with a bigger and better lighting display than ever.
By working with partners and businesses the illuminations are a great example of how we, as a council can deliver high quality family events for residents and visitors to the city.Councillor John Kelly
Councillor John Kelly, the City Council’s portfolio holder for culture, said: “I’d encourage everyone to come along with family and friends and make the most of this fantastic occasion.
“The event has miles of lighting, fun-fairs, a huge illuminated observation wheel, road train, side stalls, catering and roller rink. I think it would be fair to say that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
“By working with partners and businesses the illuminations are a great example of how we, as a council can deliver high quality family events for residents and visitors to the city.”
Last year nearly 150,000 people visited the event and this year organisers are aiming to make the event even bigger and better than before.
Work has already begun with partners, Aurora/Balfour Beatty Living Places, and Blackpool Council to design and install this year’s illuminations.
Richard Ryan from Blackpool Council said: “It is a pleasure working with the teams here in Sunderland.
“Everyone involved is determined to deliver a fantastic event.
“I am sure that there will be something for everyone and it will be a great pleasure seeing this beautiful seafront lit up.
Over the next four years a sum of between £200,000 and £250,000 of council funding has been identified for infrastructure works to help improve lights.
A recent council report set out to strengthen the range of high quality lighting-based visitor attractions in Sunderland.
The report highlights the need to develop the current event utilising both public and private investment.
This year also sees the start of plans to further increase income from advertising and sponsorship.
In addition to this, businesses and other beneficiaries of increased visitor attendance are being encouraged to increase their contribution to future illuminations.
Further details of all the activities for the Illuminations event are available at www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk/illuminations or for Twitter follow @SeeitDoitSund.
To pre-book tickets for the Roller Rink go to www.sunderlandlive.co.uk/events/sunderland-illuminations-2015.