Illuminations return to Sunderland park

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ROKER Park is set to light up into a winter wonderland once again.

Within weeks, the seafront park will be illuminated and feature a host of Alice in Wonderland sculptures that light up at night.

It is hoped the display, set to open on Saturday, October 12, and run until Sunday, November 3, will provide visitors with the chance to enjoy the historic park on an evening, and “find some colourful characters along the way.”

The aim of the storybook characters is also to give visitors the chance to experience the display during the day.

Councillor John Kelly, responsible for health, wellness and culture on the council, celebrated the beginning of the lights installation with seafront traders today.

“Last year’s Roker Park lights proved a massive success,” he said.

“With very impressive visitor numbers and positive feedback, we were obviously keen to repeat this, and build on the success of last year’s event.”

Chris Alexander, chief operating officer of Sunderland Live, which is helping to organise the illuminations on behalf of the council, said he is “delighted” to see the lights back in the park.

“We hope everyone enjoys the experience,” he said.

“The colourful displays will be in keeping with the classic and historic nature of the park.”

Last year the lighting spectacular shone in Roker Park for six weeks, and attracted more than 30,000 visitors. At the time, families who enjoyed the event 
were keen to see them return this year.

One visitor, Emily Gorringe, said: “They should bring it back, 100 per cent. Bring back the lights, bigger and better.”

For more information on this year’s lights, visit, or pick up a leaflet at any Sunderland Public Library, or the areas leisure centre.