Proms in the Park

Tom Moffatt, chairman of the NASUWT Chester-le-Street Riverside Band which will be taking part in the Nissan Benfield Northern Proms in June at the Nissan Sports and Social Club

Tom Moffatt, chairman of the NASUWT Chester-le-Street Riverside Band which will be taking part in the Nissan Benfield Northern Proms in June at the Nissan Sports and Social Club

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SUNDERLAND will be brought to life with the sound of music when two special events land on Wearside.

Nissan Sports, Social and Conference Centre is once again opening its doors to the public when it hosts this year’s Northern Proms in the Park and Songs of Praise.

The event brings a weekend jam-packed full of songs, music and entertainment.

The fun starts on Saturday, June 18 with the outdoor Junior Proms, which will see the crowds entertained by County Durham Schools Big Band, Durham Regional Schools Wind Band and Chester-le-Street Riverside Youth Band.

This will be followed by the main prom programme including Carole Marnoch, Bobby Thompson and Tony Washington.

The night will be rounded off with a spectacular fireworks finale.

The Songs of Praise event follows the next day with the junior section taking to the stage at 3pm. This will be followed by the main event at 4pm.

Gary Collin, centre manager, said: “I am thrilled to add these two extraordinary celebratory events to our new employee and members annual events calendar.

“As the dust settles on the success of our last big event, the Nissan World Darts Masters, I am conscious that there is a real pressure to keep up the high standard of events we are offering.

“With these two diverse cultural events I have no doubt come up to the mark.

“Part of my vision for this event is the lasting thought of family and friends taking in the fresh, open summer air after their picnic, check tablecloth, candelabra, flags to the ready for Land of Hope and Glory and sharing in the glorious fireworks finale.

“A truly special experience not to be missed.

“I stress once again that the local community are invited to join us for these spectacular events as we do not want anyone to miss out.”

People attending the events can bring their own picnic or stop off at the hog roast or barbecue village.

There will also be stalls including H Samuel Jewellers, craft tables, cup cakes and charity raffles and tombolas.

A donation from the proceeds will be made to the Japan Tsunami appeal. For tickets or more information, phone 415 2354.