National Mackem Day: Special event planned to celebrate all things Sunderland

The Lake Poets will be performing at a National Mackem Day event.
The Lake Poets will be performing at a National Mackem Day event.
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Sunderland is getting ready to celebrate National Mackem Day once again - and we’ve got tickets to give away for a special party.

Friday, August 12, is the day when Wearsiders will be celebrated and it is being marked with a special launch night for the Second Edition of the Mackem Dictionary at The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland.

National Mackem Day is the chance for Mackems around the world to celebrate their heritage.

Paul Swinney

The Second Edition of the book includes 35 extra pages of new entries voted in by readers.

The night promises to be celebration of all that is great about Sunderland.

The show will have author Paul Swinney explaining his inspiration for the dictionary and the true stories behind it.

And it’ll have special guest performances from top Mackem musicians Barry Hyde from The Futureheads and The Lake Poets.

All attendees will be given a free signed copy of the second edition of the dictionary, worth £5, a sample of the Sunderland dish panackelty, some sarsaparilla sweets and Double Maxim will be flowing behind the bar too.

Author of the Mackem Dictionary Paul Swinney said: “National Mackem Day is the chance for Mackems around the world to celebrate their heritage.

“While we’ve had our requests to make it a Wearside-wide Bank Holiday knocked back by the powers that be, we’ll be having an evening of celebration at the Royalty Theatre, including food, drink, live music and the launch of the second edition of the Mackem Dictionary, and it promises to be a great night.”

Karen Daniels, from Waterstones in Sunderland, said: “The first edition of the dictionary immediately shot to number one in our best sellers for that month and since has since become our top selling book of all time.

“It’s a great idea that has really caught the imagination.”

Tickets are £10 per person.

The Echo has two pairs of tickets to the launch night. To win a pair, just answer the following question by emailing your entry along with your name, address and telephone number to echo.news@northeast-press.co.uk

Q. A statue to which Sunderland sailor who literally nailed his colours to the mast stands in Mowbray Park in the city?

Please include “National Mackem Day competition” in the subject line.

Deadline for entries is Monday, July 18.

To buy tickets to the event go to http://www.alsshop.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=45&products_id=855