Rained-off Dirty Dancing screening rescheduled for Sunderland park

Big Screen ... Italian Job fans brave the elements to watch the big screen movie.
Big Screen ... Italian Job fans brave the elements to watch the big screen movie.
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NOBODY puts Sunderland’s outdoor film screenings in the corner.

Wearsiders are gearing up to have the time of their lives at a special outdoor screening of 80s classic Dirty Dancing.

Wet weather saw off plans to screen the film to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the city.

But now the grass at Herrington Country Park is dry enough to host the screening, it will go ahead this weekend.

The cult movie, which is being shown at 7pm on Saturday night, is part of Sunderland City Council’s free programme of outdoor screenings decided by public vote.

Seventies hit Grease has already been screened at the park.

Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, coun John Kelly said: “Given the unprecedented rain and weather conditions we were left with no other choice but to postpone a showing of Dirty Dancing at the time, but promised to re-schedule.

“We were as disappointed as anyone because a lot of hard work has gone into organising these outdoor screenings, and were determined to show the film so many people voted to see.

“We hope it will be another hugely popular event.”

And fans of the film are already looking forward to it.

Michelle Thompson, 36, of Great Lumley, said: “Dirty Dancing is my favourite film.

“I’m going to see the stage version of the film at the Sunderland Empire next month, which should be fantastic.”

Free parking on site will be available for film fans.

l For further details of future screenings, visit www.sunderland.gov.uk.

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