22 pictures from the first night of Sunderland Illuminations

Youngsters' faces full of delight at the switch-on of Sunderland Illuminations.

Youngsters' faces full of delight at the switch-on of Sunderland Illuminations.

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Sunderland Illuminations are back again, and they're as spectacular as ever.

For the next six weeks, visitors to Roker Park, Cliffe Park and the seafront will be able to trip the lights fantastic.

The spectacular pirate-themed display was switched on last night by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson.

He was joined by Sunderland AFC legends Kevin Ball and Jimmy Montgomery, Paralympic swimmer Matt Wylie and Pennywell youngster Katie Carling.

Here's a selection of our photographer Tim Richardson's pictures from the event. We'd love to see some of yours.