LATEST NEWS: Armed Forces event and film screening rearranged

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BAD weather has forced organisers of this weekend’s Armed Forces event to change locations.

Thousands of people were expected to descend on Cliff Park tomorrow for the annual event, however Thursday’s torrential downpours have meant the weekend’s activities are being moved down the road to the the former Seaburn fairground site.

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Tonight’s free screening of Dirty Dancing has also been rearranged, with a new date to be set later in the summer.

Sunderland City Council was forced to scrap the screening planned for Herrington Country Park after yesterday’s torrential downpours.

It came after leisure chiefs were forced to scrap a screening of Mamma Mia the night before Sunderland’s Olympic torch celebrations, also due to bad weather.

The Dirty Dancing screening will now take place in August, with an exact date to be confirmed.

John Kelly, senior councillor for culture in Sunderland, said: “It’s obviously very disappointing for everyone, but given the unprecedented rain and weather conditions across the region we were left with no other choice but to postpone.

“We hope people will understand our reasons, and join us all in patiently looking forward to see this particular film at a later date.

“ A lot of hard work has gone into organising these outdoor screenings, and people have been very enthusiastic in voting which films they wanted to see screened so we are determined it will go ahead later in the year.”