FAMILIES are gearing up for a day of fun and celebrations at a Wearside festival.
The fourth annual Washington Heritage and Community Festival will take place in Albany Park on Saturday.
The festival will begin with a parade of colliery and school banners led by Murton Brass band, which leaves Washington Gardeners’ Club at 10.30am and will march along Front Street, on to Albany Way, and to the park where free family fun will continue until 4pm.
The festival charts the fascinating history of Washington and includes music, dance, traditional crafts, games, children’s rides, exhibitions and a range of activities and attractions.
Washington F Pit Museum will be open throughout the day, offering guided tours, and the community’s coalmining heritage will also be reflected in the miners’ banners on display, representing Glebe, Usworth, Washington F Pit, Springwell and Harraton Collieries. Councillor Bernie Scaplehorn, chairman of Sunderland City Council’s Washington Area Committee, said: “We are delighted to be staging this popular annual event, which helps bring our community together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Washington.
“The Washington Heritage and Community Festival is a truly family event, with children at the heart of the celebrations.
“We want to provide the younger members of our community with the chance to learn more about the magnificent history and tradition of the area and feel part of it.”
Saturday’s event is funded through the Washington Area Committee, supported by the community and delivered in partnership by Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Live.