Hotel lights up red and white as favour to teenage Sunderland fan

Connor McKenna, 14, outside the Protur Alicia hotel in Cala Bona, Majorca, after the hotel manager helped to project SAFC colours of red-and-white onto it.
Connor McKenna, 14, outside the Protur Alicia hotel in Cala Bona, Majorca, after the hotel manager helped to project SAFC colours of red-and-white onto it.
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This teenage Sunderland fan has had a holiday to remember after the hotel he was staying at was bathed in the red-and-white of his beloved Black Cats.

Connor McKenna, 14, was staying with parents Les McKenna and Steina Bishop at Protur Alicia, in the Spanish resort of Cala Bona, Majorca.

Connor knew nothing about it and when he saw it for the first time he couldn’t believe it.

Steina Bishop

Steina asked management at the hotel to project the red-and-white colours of the Lads onto the side of the building on the last night of their two-week stay.

The lights are usually turned on for special occasions such as Spain winning the World Cup.

Steina, 43, explained: “We have stayed at this hotel in Cala Bona for the last four years and unfortunately as Connor is only 14, it will be the last year we can come until he is 16 because of restrictions.

“I spoke to our entertainments organiser to see if it would be possible to turn the hotel lights red and white.

“The hotel manager, who is Spanish, is also a Sunderland fan and travels to Durham, where he stays several times a year to watch the Lads at home. Connor knew nothing about it and when he saw it for the first time he couldn’t believe it. He went in and shook the hotel manager’s hand he was so happy.”

Bosses at the hotel have told the family, who live in Peterborough and follow Sunderland because Les is originally from Boldon Colliery, that should Sunderland manage to win a major trophy, they will try and have “SAFC” displayed on the side of the building as a tribute.

l Have you been showing your SAFC colours while on your summer holiday? Contact our newsdesk on 501 7326 or email echo.news@northeast-press.co.uk.