ROKER Park’s much-loved floating tap is set to return.
The giant water feature was a favourite of Sunderland Illuminations, and has been looked back on with fondness since the annual event was cancelled in the 1990s.
Since then there have been countless calls to see the feature return to its home in the park’s boating lake.
Now Sunderland City Council has told the Echo it is looking to bring back the tap next year as part of its popular Roker Park Lights event.
Councillor John Kelly, responsible for culture and leisure in the city, said: “We’re looking at the tap and hope to have it here next year.
“We were hoping to do it this year but it was just too expensive to get made. I had to decide whether to spend money on the tap or more lights and I went with value for money.
“Sunderland Live, who are delivering the lights for the council, are looking at bringing partners on board so it may be that we can get someone to sponsor the tap next year.”
Roker Park Lights open to the public for their second year today.
They are a step towards restarting the Sunderland Illuminations, which the council acknowledges would be a popular move and good for the city – but difficult to achieve in a time of austerity.
The Alice in Wonderland-themed displays will open at 5pm today.
They will then be on every evening from 5pm to 9pm for the next three weeks, with extra activities for families on weekends and are a step towards the return of the annual illuminations.
They follow on from the launch of a similar show last year, which attracted 30,000 visitors during its run.