A weekend of Made in Sunderland celebrations

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Home-grown talent The Lake Poets is on song to mark the start of a weekend of Made in Sunderland celebrations.

The act, aka Martin Longstaff from East Herrington, will headline a music event at National Glass Centre on Friday, May 13.

Joined by his band, Martin will perform songs from his self-titled album on stage at the venue’s The Glass Yard restaurant.

He will be supported on the night by North East acts Dean James and YUMA.

As well as live music, gig-goers can enjoy Made in Sunderland-themed food and drink, including the venue’s own ales, Gaffers Quaff and Prince Rupert’s Drop.

The night is being held as part of the national Museums at Night initiative, which sees cultural venues across the UK open their doors after hours.

A scene from Sunderland on Film, showing a tram in 1955

A scene from Sunderland on Film, showing a tram in 1955

On Saturday, May 14, the centre will host a number of activities, including a family fun day, craft fair and an exhibition from SAFC Fans Museum.

Highlights will also include screenings of the Sunderland on Film movie, which sold out its previous event at Sunderland Minster.

Put together by The North East Film Archive, the film gives viewers the chance to relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear Wearside, selected from a collection of archive films from the 20th century.

Michelle Daurat, head of business and operations at National Glass Centre, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a screening of Sunderland on Film. It encompasses everything we will celebrate over the Museums at Night weekend. The film is heartwarming and we hope it will allow visitors to take a trip down memory lane or bring along their young ones to find out how our city grew.”

Scenes included in the film include a winter tram ride through Sunderland in 1904, a trip to the coast in 1926 for the Roker Regatta and August Bank Holiday festivities, a 1930s topical newsreel, as well as footage of the 1972 miners’ strikes at Usworth Colliery and 1980s footage of the Nissan Bluebird as it left the Liger Line, named after the two national animals of the UK and Japan (lion and tiger).

Graham Relton, archive manager at North East Film Archive, said: “Sunderland on Film is a portrait of the people of Wearside, from the remarkable shipyard workers of Bartram and Sons to the loyal supporters of the Black Cats.

“Revealed in the frames of celluloid preserved by the North East Film Archive, are an evocative window on to how the people of Sunderland grew up, went to work and spent their hard-earned leisure time, brought to life again in this special screening.”

•The Sunderland on Film events start at 11am and 2pm at National Glass Centre on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are £4 from http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ or by calling 0191 568 9700.

•Tickets for The Lake Poets at NGC on Friday, May 13 at 7.30pm are £10 from http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/

For more details call 0191 515 555.