A HISTORIC Sunderland pub is hosting a celebration to mark 50 years of being a public house.
The Rosedene building on Queen Alexandra Road is more than 500 years old, but only became a pub 50 years ago.
As part of the anniversary, the team have organised a charity balloon release in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Tuesday. The balloon release marks the culmination of three nights of live music and celebrations.
John and Anita Dodsworth have run the Rosedene for the past 11 years and are excited about the celebrations.
John said: “The Rosedene has a special place in many people’s hearts and it has been a big part of the community for many years now. We are looking forward to releasing hopefully hundreds of balloons and raising some money for a great cause.”
The balloon release, which uses eco-friendly balloons, takes place at midday on the exact anniversary of the day the pub first opened. Balloons are being sold for £1.50, with all funds donated to Macmillan. Following the release, the team are hosting a “golden years” party in the restaurant, with live entertainment and a special two course menu for the over 60s for £5.99.
The team at the Rosedene, part of Old English Inns, have raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years with numerous fundraising events.