Grease night is the one that you want!

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the film Grease.

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the film Grease.

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GREASE is the word at a city park this summer.

Wearsiders are being asked to get their quiffs and Bobby socks at the ready as Herrington Country Park hosts a special outdoor screening of 50s-based hit musical.

A giant nine-metre wide screen will show the classic movie on July 2, as part of this year’s Sunderland Festival, a celebration of the area’s links with America, which runs in the city from July 1-4.

Live music will start at 6pm from former Pop Idol contestant Aaron Bailey, followed by the film and the event finishes at 9pm. People are invited to bring a chair, blanket and picnic from 5.30pm.

Coun John Kelly, the city council’s portfolio holder for culture and safer city, said: “Everybody is welcome to see this great American musical classic.

“To help celebrate our close links with America we thought what better way to launch the Sunderland Festival than to give it an American theme this year.

“And what better way is there of celebrating American culture than watching and singing along to Grease?”

People attending any of the four days of Sunderland Festival events, which incorporates the former Kite Festival, can expect everything from classic American car displays, fun fair rides and American football to cheerleading, music and dance performed by local schools and community groups, American cuisine and family and professional kite-flying.

Events are taking pace at sites across the city including the Northern Area Playing Fields, Arts Centre Washington, Sunniside Gardens, Washington Old Hall and Roker.

The festival ends in Independence Day celebrations at Washington Old Hall on Monday, July 4.

The Sunderland Festival 11 is the latest entertainment organised by Sunderland City Council with the Sunderland International Airshow (July 29-31) Sunderland Folk Festival (Aug 27-29) also taking place.

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