Successful return for Sunderland’s Sanctuary

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REAL ale, great music, fine food and family fun were on the menu at Sunderland Minster as Sanctuary returned.

The festival was again organised by Seaburn Rotary’s satellite group and follows a successful first event in May.

The three days featured a wide range of music to suit all tastes, from the jazz of the Bicyle Thieves to soul singer Beth Macari, pop and rock band Lilliput, and deep south blues band, George Shovlin and The Radars.

The line-up also included performances from the Jazz Pistols, Scarlet Street, Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde and even a tribute to the queen of country music, Dolly Parton.

As well as the music, there was real ale, courtesy of Maxim Brewery, and a selection of good things to eat, from South American street food to barbecued pork and ribs.

And there was plenty to keep the whole family entertained, with a teddy bears’ picnic for young children, as well as entertainment from the SAFC Foundation and an army stand.

Among those enjoying Saturday afternoon’s line-up was 35-year-old Keith Vasey, from Hall Farm, who had missed out on May’s event.

“I was just passing when I saw the sign and so I decided to call in and see what it was about,” he said.

“I read about the first one and thought it was a great idea, so I was sorry to have missed it. I’ve only come into town to buy some new guitar strings but I’ll definitely see if I can get a few mates together and come back down.

“Having performers in the church is a really good idea – it works really 

Sanctuary is organised by a group of key stakeholders in conjunction with the Rotary satellite group and the aim now is to hold events four times a year.




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